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Rosemary's Baby ❴Read❵ ➭ Rosemary's Baby Author Ira Levin – Thomashillier.co.uk Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse an ordinary young couple settle into a New York City apartment unaware that the elderly neighbors and their bizarre group of friends have taken a disturbing interest in them Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse an ordinary young couple settle into a New York City apartment unaware that the elderly neighbors and their bizarre group of friends have taken a disturbing interest in them But by the time Rosemary discovers the horrifying truth it may be far too late.

  • Hardcover
  • 308 pages
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • Ira Levin
  • English
  • 21 September 2016
  • 9780451194008

About the Author: Ira Levin

Levin graduated from the Horace Mann School and New York University where he majored in philosophy and EnglishAfter college he wrote training films and scripts for televisionLevin's first produced play was No Time for Sergeants adapted from Mac Hyman's novel a comedy about a hillbilly drafted into the United States Air Force that launched the career of Andy Griffith The play was turned int.



10 thoughts on “Rosemary's Baby

  1. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    ”She opened her eyes and looked into yellow furnace eyes smelled sulphur and tannis root felt wet breath on her mouth heard lust grunts and the breathing of onlookers”Nightmare? Passionate dream? Real? How could it be real? It can’t possibly be real Rosemary Woodhouse wants a baby She is married to an actor named Guy They have recently broken another lease to take an apartment in the exclusive Bramford Building Guy who glibly uses his acting skills to spin stories has no difficulty extracting them from the first lease to take the open apartment in the Bramford After all that is what Rosemary wants Whenever any of us look back on our lives we can usually point to a specific moment in time when we made one decision that sent us down a pathway that led us hopefully only briefly astray from the pursuit of happiness None of us or maybe I should say few of us can see the future We have to make our best guess hopefully based on logic than a hope of luck The apartment at the Bramford had Gothic overtones detailed woodwork and certainly a interesting location than the other apartments the Woodhouses had looked at Although smaller than some of the other places having a hip apartment especially to young pseudo intellectuals is much important than a few extra suare feet of space They should have kept the first lease on the other apartment I can’t help but think of Bram Stoker every time the Bramford name dances before my eyes on the pages of this book Strange things have routinely happened in this apartment building Unexplained sometimes brutal deaths have occurred too freuently to be ignored especially if you are an inuisitive man such as Rosemary’s dear friend Edward Hutchins He on further investigation finds that there are far sinister stories surrounding the history of that building than are known by the general public He discourages Rosemary from continuing to live there but she is a rational modern woman who doesn’t believe that a building can have sinister connotations Polanski used the Dakota for the outside shots of the Bramwell building She might ignore the past and the warnings that come with it but she does feel flutters of unease that are based on what can easily be uantified as primordial superstition than on any real basis of fact Coincidences do happen and can seem ominous or alarming to someone who is already hearing the tap tap tap of paranoia on the door of reason Their next door neighbors are Roman and Minnie Castevet who seem to be a well meaning overly friendly almost smothering older couple They are delighted to hear the news when Rosemary is pregnant They suggest a fashionable obstetrician and even a different regimen of vitamin enriched drinks than what her previous doctor had recommended Rosemary goes along because Guy is so insistent but the longer it goes on the suspicious she becomes of everyone’s motives Run Rosemary runI’ve been wanting to read this book for years I’ve put off watching the famous movie by Roman Polanski because I wanted to read the book first The story has become such a classic icon that people know the bare bones of the story without ever having read the book or seen the movie The pacing of the book is simply a superb example of a writer who knows how to build tension and unease By the time Rosemary is approaching the bassinet to see her baby for the first time I was biting my knuckles and the hackles on the back of my neck were not only raised but vibrating I know what she is going to see but until I read the words I can hold off fully realizing the implications I loved the fact that Rosemary is a reader Two books that were mentioned that stand out were Flight of the Falcon by Daphne Du Maurier and The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon I love it when books are part of the lives of the characters I read about I’m a huge fan of Du Maurier and plan to read Rosemary’s choice soon I was even impressed by her taking on Gibbon I have six volumes of Gibbon staring me in the face every time I pick my next book to read Yes yes I will read Gibbon I must read Gibbon to call myself a reasonably educated man Rosemary’s Baby was published in 1967 the year of my birth and has held up superbly certainly much better than I have It is a uick flashy read that will give chills and thrills to all but the most jaded modern reader If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

  2. Mario the lone bookwolf Mario the lone bookwolf says:

    The very rare case of a slow moving nevertheless suspenseful soft horror novel mainly using characterization and worsening foreshadowing to thrill the readerThis one really stays in mind because of the end nobody would suspect and an accelerating thrill and feeling of discomfort I´ve hardly ever seen performed this way It starts friendly does a bit of creepy exposition and gets and disturbing for the lead protagonist culminating in a great wtf moment Really why can´t it always be such a view spoilerpeaceful end of letting the mother breed the antichrist instead of being cruel and taking the baby away from her It´s especially staying in mind because following the rules of Hollywood stereotypes there has to be at least some gore violence or even a bad depressing ending and not a kind of happy for parents and child bad for the rest of the world solution hide spoiler

  3. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Rosemary's Baby Rosemary's Baby #1 Ira Levin Rosemary's Baby is a 1967 horror novel by American writer Ira Levin his second published book The book centers on Rosemary Woodhouse a young woman who has just moved into the Bramford an old Gothic Revival style New York City apartment building with her husband Guy a struggling actor The pair is warned that the Bramford has a disturbing history involving witchcraft and murder but they choose to overlook this Rosemary has wanted children for some time but Guy wants to wait until he is established Rosemary and Guy are uickly welcomed to the Bramford by neighbors Minnie and Roman Castevet an eccentric elderly couple Rosemary finds them meddlesome and absurd but Guy begins paying them freuent visits After a theatrical rival suddenly goes blind Guy is given an important part in a stage play Immediately afterward Guy unexpectedly agrees with Rosemary that it is time to conceive their first child Guy's performance in the stage play brings him favorable notices and he is subseuently cast in other increasingly important roles; he soon begins to talk about a career in Hollywood After receiving a warning from a friend who also becomes mysteriously ill Rosemary discovers that her neighbors are the leaders of a Satanic coven and she suspects they intend to steal her child and use it as a sacrifice to the Devil Despite her growing conviction she is unable to convince anyone else and soon becomes certain that there is no one actually on her side least of all her own husband Ultimately Rosemary finds that she is wrong about the coven's reason for wanting the baby — the baby that she delivers is the Antichrist and Guy is not actually the father Satan isتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز دوم ماه ژانویه سال 2017میلادیعنوان بچه ی رزمری؛ نویسنده آیرا لوین؛ مترجم محمد قائد؛ مشخصات نشر تهران، نشر کلاغ، 1394، در 291ص، شابک 9786007656006؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان آمریکایی ایالات متحده سده 20مبچهٔ رُزمری، رمانی کوتاه یا داستانی بلند، از یکی از، بهترین نمونه‌ های ایجاد تعلیق، میان «وهم» و «واقعیت» است؛ «رومن پولانسکی» از روی همین کتاب، فیلمی درخشان ساختند، در بسیاری موارد، برگردانِ سطر به‌ سطر، و حتی کلمه به کلمه ی رمان «آیرا لوین»، به تصویر کشیده شده است؛ پرداختن به فراواقعها، معمولاً با دلهره، و سایه‌ روشن‌هایی پر رمز و راز، همراه است؛ «بچه ی رُزمری»، دلهره ی ماوراء طبیعه را، وارد اتاق نشیمنِ پر از رنگ و نورِ آدمهایی عادی، و حتی مضحک می‌کند؛ وارد کردنِ رخدادهای فوق طبیعی، در زندگی روزمره، راهگشای ژانری در ادبیات عامه‌ پسند شد؛ که پس از چندین دهه، همچنان پرخواستار است؛ محمد قائد از پشت جلد کتابرزماری، و «گای وودهاوس» زن و شوهر جوانی هستند، که علیرغم توصیه ی دوست نزدیکشان «هاچ»، به آپارتمانی قدیمی در «برانفورد» نقل مکان می‌کنند؛ در همسایگی آنها، زوج مسنی به نامهای «مینی» و «رومن کستوت» زندگی می‌کنند؛ «مینی» و «رومن»، به سرعت با «گای» طرح دوستی می‌ریزند؛ رخدادهای عجیب و غریبی، برای اطرافیان «رزماری» رخ می‌دهد زن جوانی به نام «تری» که در رختشویخانه آپارتمان، با «رزماری» آشنا می‌شود، به طور ناگهانی می‌میرد؛ هنرپیشه‌ ای که رقیب کاری «گای» به شمار می‌آمد، ناگهان بدون هیچ دلیلی کور می‌شود و ؛ «رزماری» نسبت به همسایه‌ هاشان مشکوک است، اما «گای» تردیدهای او را بی‌ پایه می‌داند، و هرچه بیشتر از او فاصله می‌گیرد؛ «رزماری» باردار می‌شود، و تصور می‌کند، همسایه‌ هایش، نقشه‌ هایی برای او و نوزادش دارند؛ تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 01071399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی

  4. Delee Delee says:

    I knew from a young age that I probably didn't have the maternal instinct that is necessary to raise a child I hated dolls they creeped me out and instead of dressing up the ones I was given as gifts the dolls sat in the corner in various stages of undress while I wheeled my cat whiskers around in a baby carriage showing off his cute bonnets and frilly dresses He was the best dressed kitty in the neighborhood And if my parents were not convinced then that I would never give them grandchildren they knew later on when in grade 7 the great babyegg school assignment was given I killed 5 egg babies in a week by accident of course and ate the last one for breakfast when the experiment was over If I had read ROSEMARY'S BABY when it first came out it definitely would have convinced me even further that making babies wasn't for meWhen a four bedroom apartment finally comes available in The Bramford building newlyweds Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse ignore the warnings from their friend Hutch that the building is cursed and excitedly sign a leaseRosemary thinks The Bramford will be the perfect place to raise a child and is hoping after they settle in Guy an aspiring actor will warm to the idea of having a babyShortly after the couple move in Rosemary meets her first neighbor in the laundry room Terry a young woman down on her luck who has been welcomed in by the elderly couple next door The two new friends make a pact to do their laundry together on a weekly basis since they both find the basement a little scary and unpleasantbut before their next laundry date Terry falls to her death from the top of the building the police rule it a suicideRosemary is shaken and at first can't believe that the cheerful and optimistic woman she met could have intentionally taken her life but after meeting the people that were caring for Terry Roman and Minnie Castevet she dismisses any uestions she had The Castevets are a little odd but seem warm and friendlyand Guy is becoming uite close to Roman thinking of him as a father figure Who is she to judge??? especially since the closer Guy gets to Roman the enthusiastic he is about having a babyBefore she knows it Rosemary is pregnant Guy's acting career blossoms and just when everything is going their waythe nightmare beginsROSEMARY'S BABY is the third Ira Levin book I have read and I haven't been disappointed yet The only thing I wish is that I had read it loooooong ago because it would have been much fun to have been surprised and shocked by the ending

  5. El El says:

    Disclaimer I am not marking this review as containing spoilers because honestly it's the 21st century and if you know nothing about the book or the movie then that's just sad and shame on you unless you don't like scary things in which case you shouldn't even be on this page If you don't want to know anything about the story then please stop reading hereDisclaimer 2 This is probably going to be a long review because I have a lot of thoughts If you don't want to read a long review then please stop reading hereI read this in honor of my friend who is pregnant and will be giving birth in approximately 26 dayds I want to make a lot of references to Rosemary's Baby to her every single day but that would be cruel because she also hates scary booksmovies So that's a bummer But this goes out to her I'm a true friendThis is the story of Rosemary Woodhouse a young woman married to a struggling actor named Guy whose real name I am sorry to say is Sherman a detail that doesn't come up in the movie but I thought it was interesting enough to share who is your standard Sixties WASP Rosemary is your standard Sixties Housewife all Here's your dinner Guy and My poor husband with all his hard workThey have an opportunity to move into the Bramford a lovely apartment building that Rosemary's friend and mentor Hutch tries to discourage them from taking It's full of eeeeviiiiil They're all Pshaw crazy ol' Hutch and they take the place anyway because that's what people do when their friends warn them of evilThey're befriended by a meddlesome elderly couple Roman and Minnie who live down the hall from them Very uickly Guy's big break comes in the acting world but at a price as it turns out because the only way anyone gets anything good in these sorts of books is if a deal is made with the devil Rosemary however is oblivious to all of this because she doesn't know her husband has gotten in cahoots with their neighbors outside of just randomly hanging out with them and talking to them which I might add wouldn't necessarily be strange on its own some people really do like hearing old peoples' stories but because Guy is a collosal prick on that to come Rosemary is even a little confused by his interest towards them But because she's a good Sixties Housewife she doesn't really think much about it Or about anything reallyGuy gets a bug up his ass suddenly and now he's all Let's make a baby and starts monitoring her cycle and being really creepy about it They share a romantic evening Minnie brings over some uestionable dessert for them to share and soon Rosemary is drunk and Roofied because she was forced to eat the dessert despite the fact she didn't like it Her adoring husband puts her bed but soon enough he's removing her clothes and weird things appear to be happening but she thinks it's all a dream The next morning however when she's all scratched the shit up and sore she realizes that maybe something actually did happen She uestions Guy who is all I was drunk too I couldn't contain myself You make a hot incapacitated lady sort of like a corpse Whoopsies That's all paraphrased The exact uote is I didn't want to miss Baby NightYeah you're a dickRosemary feels pretty violated rightly so but convinces herself she's just being silly because Sixties Housewives aren't raped by their husbands Guy has had a really hard time of things she's sure she's just being sensitive Her feelings don't matter it was probably her own fault for looking so sexy as an incapacitated corpse right? And he apologized so therefore—And then Guy gets even creepier about it Hey you start your period yet? No? You must be pregnant and they bet a uarter on it because that's what a healthy married couple doesIt does turn out that Rosemary is pregnant and she goes to a hot Kildare type doctor that she feels really comfortable with but then allows herself to be coerced by Minnie et al to see their doctor Dr Sapirstein Because Rosemary is not in fact in control of her own body or the child growing within she goes along with this plan because she's just a silly Sixties Housewife without a mind of her ownAnd Sapirstein He's all anti medication and Come see me every single week because that's not creepy and Don't talk to anyone ever again He allows Minnie to make these creepy drinks that Rosemary can drink that's full of things like tannis root and who knows what else And Rosemary is all Hey great I'll drink this YOLO since the last time she ingested something Minnie made she was raped by her husbandRosemary doesn't make all the best choices But don't get me wrong I am not victim blamingOf course then she has weeks of pain and she gets all gaunt and Guy becomes the worstSigns Guy is an asshole As previously stated he rapes his wife view spoilerWe don't yet know that in fact it was the devil raping her but as far as I'm concerned it doesn't really matter because Guy let it happen regardless hide spoiler

  6. Candi Candi says:

    She didn’t know if she was going mad or going saneWell this classic horror novel certainly hit the spot this month You simply can’t go wrong with pure and ‘simple’ subtle fright for some pre Halloween entertainment This is a book very firmly set in the period of 1966 New York City yet it never feels outdated on the creepiness scale It has such a nightmarish uality that seeps into your psyche and makes you wonder on whom you can truly rely Are people something other than what they appear to be on the surface? Even those we most depend on – can they betray our trust in them? I absolutely loved the setting for this one Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse are newly married Guy is trying to establish his acting career and the couple tosses around the idea of having their first baby But first Guy wants to settle into a new home and make a name for himself He is ambitious and sweet Rosemary is supportive When the opportunity arises to secure an apartment at the highly sought after Bramford the Woodhouses jump at the chance The Bramford old black and elephantine is a warren of high ceilinged apartments prized for their fireplaces and Victorian detail The perfect backdrop for what is to follow For the Bramford despite its illustrious address has a lurid history And we all know that history has a way of repeating itself I’m not going to tell you much – likely you are familiar with the story already The movie was such a huge hit and is still popular even today If you don’t know it then suffice to say that this book should thoroughly scare the crap out of you For me personally this brand of horror is the ultimate Forget about Jason Freddy Krueger Michael Myers or even Chucky – grab a copy of Rosemary’s Baby instead and be prepared for some exuisite terror While the overall plot is not dated I should mention that occasionally the language itself is just that – some racist vocabulary which I could do without This was sporadic and an unfortunate conseuence of the time in which this was written but worth mentioning for those that may be turned off Other than that I do like Ira Levin’s straightforward prose and his clever writing – in both this as well as Deathtrap Next Levin novel up perhaps The Stepford Wives

  7. Mariel Mariel says:

    This is why I will never have children

  8. Joe Valdez Joe Valdez says:

    What shocks me most about reading Rosemary's Baby is what fantastic fiction it is Published in 1967 this thriller by Ira Levin flew off shelves and was adapted to film in 1968 by Roman Polanski into not only a prestigious studio picture but one that stands the test of time as one of the best horror films ever produced In an afterword penned in 2003 and included in this edition Levin expresses surprise by how faithful the hit film was to his book preserving virtually all of the characters and scenes and even much of the author's dialogue perhaps because no one told Polanski making his first American film that he was allowed to make changesOpening with the pop and the sizzle of a tabloid photo the novel centers on Rosemary Woodhouse a Manhattan wife in her early twenties who with her husband Guy a striving actor are notified that a four room apartment has opened up in the Bramford a 19th century building the couple has been wait listed for since their wedding The available 7th floor apartment was once the back of a luxurious ten room apartment but even after being split retains a large kitchen and bath as well as five closets one of which has been barricaded by a dresser it takes both Guy and the leasing agent to budge Inside the closet they find nothing but a vacuum cleaner and linenRosemary falls in love with 7E and is already planning to change the wallpaper as she urges Guy to get them out of a lease they've signed on another apartment he phones in a fib to the landlord about joining a four month USO tour of Vietnam Born and raised in Omaha to a family of rigid Catholics she has separated herself from physically and spiritually Rosemary believes in Guy struggling to break out after minor roles in a couple of big plays and some commercial work that pays the bills He notes that the theaters are all within walking distance of the Bramford but Rosemary's patriarchal friend Hutch a writer of boys' adventure novels warns them against moving there I don't know whether or not you know it he said buttering a roll but the Bramford had rather an unpleasant reputation early in the century He looked up saw that they didn't know and went on Along with the Isadora Duncans and Theodore Dreisers he said the Bramford has housed a considerable number of less attractive personages It's where the Trench sisters performed their little dietary experiments and where Keith Kennedy held his parties Adrian Marcato lived there too; and so did Pearl AmesWho where the Trench sisters? Guy asked and Rosemary asked Who was Adrian Marcato?The Trench sisters Hutch said were two proper Victorian ladies who were occasional cannibals They cooked and ate several young children including a nieceLovely Guy saidHutch turned to Rosemary Adrian Marcato practiced witchcraft he said He made uite a splash in the eighteen nineties by announcing that he had succeeded in conjuring up the living Satan He showed off a handful of hair and some claw parings and apparently people believed him; enough of them at least to form a mob that attacked and nearly killed him in the Bramford lobbyRosemary enthusiastically supervises the painting furnishing and carpeting of her dream apartment while Guy goes on auditions in the afternoon his wife confident that his big break is coming Their neighbors are heard but not seen Minnie and Roman Castevet an elderly couple who Guy concludes must be recluses or keep odd hours Entering the creepy basement laundry Rosemary meets a young woman named Terry who was found on the street by the Castevets and can't say enough kind things about them She shows Rosemary an amulet given to her for good luck; it contains a moldy smelling substance Terry calls tannis rootWhen police find a jumper on the sidewalk Rosemary and Guy help identify her as Terry They meet Minnie and Roman Castevet at the scene and Rosemary offers her condolences In the morning Minnie Castevet pays Rosemary a visit to thank her An energetic and nosy old bat but kind Minnie invites the couple for dinner Guy tries to beg off fearing that if they get too close to the old timers they'll never be rid of them but over dinner he's charmed by Roman's travel stories and his belief in Guy's potential Guy cancels their plans with friends so he can visit the Castevets again Rosemary finds it odd that their neighbors' bare walls showed signs of picture frames being taken downRosemary begins to observe changes taking place around her Guy lands a big break when an actor he lost a lead role in a play to goes blind and Guy is offered the part He proposes to Rosemary that they have a baby breaking his pattern of resistance to children On the night they're planning to conceive Rosemary receives a strange phone call from her estranged sister wary that something bad had happened to Rosemary Eating a chocolate mousse that Minnie prepared Rosemary detects a chalky undertaste Guy brushes it off and urges his wife to finish the mousse anyway Dizziness sets in and Rosemary is taken to bed by her husband where she has a vivid dream Below was a huge ballroom where on one side a church burned fiercely and on the other a black bearded man stood glaring at her In the center was a bed She went to it and lay down and was suddenly surrounded by naked men and women ten or a dozen with Guy among them They were elderly the women grotesue and slack breasted Minne and her friend Laura Louise were there and Roman in a black miter and black silk robe With a thin black wand he was drawing designs on her body dipping the wand's point in a cup of red held for him by a sun browned man with a white moustache The point moved back and forth across her stomach and down ticklingly to the insides of her thighs The naked people were chanting flat unmusical foreign tongued syllables and a flute or clarinet accompanied them She's awake see sees Guy whispered to Minnie He was large eyed tense She don't see Minnie said As long as she ate the mouse she can't see nor hear She's like dead Now singRosemary's dream culminates in her rape by something inhuman and a conviction that it's really happening to her She wakes to discover scratches on her thighs Guy apologizes for having too much to drink last night as well admitting that he had sex with her while she was passed out Rosemary is offended and feels her husband has become distant Late for her period she visits Dr Hill a young obstetrician recommended to her by a friend and receives the great news that she is pregnant Elated Rosemary also shares with Guy her concerns over how they've been treating each other He apologizes for neglecting her for his play and promises a new startGuy rushes to share the baby announcement with the Castevets Minnie offers to get Rosemary an appointment with one of the top obstetricians in the country a Dr Saperstein who is a good friend While Rosemary is content with Dr Hill Guy urges her to accept the upgrade Fearful of the unknown Rosemary also accepts a good luck charm from Minnie in the tannis root amulet like Terry had worn Visiting the elderly Dr Saperstein Rosemary is ordered to ignore the baby books or advice of her friends and to drink an all natural milkshake he'll have Minnie Castevet prepare daily When Rosemary experiences prolonged abdominal pain Dr Saperstein tells her it'll passHutch visits Rosemary in 7E and is shocked by how much weight she's lost He uestions the black candles in the apartment provided by Minnie and her amulet packed with what smells like a fungus to him Hutch phones Rosemary and asks her to meet him in the morning but suffers a stroke before she can speak to him His daughter ultimately delivers to Rosemary a parcel he meant for her Inside is a book titled All of Them Witches It offers clues that Roman Castevet is an anagram for Steven Marcato Adrian Marcato's son and their neighbors dabble in modern day witchcraft She presents her conspiracy theory to her husband Guy watched her for a moment What about Dr Saperstein? he said Is he in the coven too?She turned and looked at himAfter all he said there've been maniac doctors haven't there? His big ambition is probably to make house calls on a broomstickShe turned to the window again her face sober No I don't think he's one of them she said He's too intelligentAnd besides he's Jewish Guy said and laughed Well I'm glad you've exempted somebody from your McCarthy type smear campaign Talk about witch hunting wow And guilt by associationI'm not saying they're really witches Rosemary said I know they haven't got real power But there are people who do believe even if we don't; just the way my family believes that God hears their prayers and that the wafer is the actual body of Jesus Minnie and Roman believe their religion believe and practice it I know they do; and I'm not going to take any chances with my baby's safetyWe're not going to sublet and move Guy saidYes we are Rosemary said turning to himHe picked up his new shirt We'll talk about it later he saidHe lied to you she said His father wasn't a producer He didn't have anything to do with the theater at allAll right so he's a bullthrower Guy said; who the hell isn't? He went into the bedroomRosemary sat down next to the Scrabble set She closed it and after a moment opened the book and began to read the final chapter Witchcraft and Satanism Guy came back in without the shirt I don't think you ought to read any of that he saidRosemary said I just want to read this last chapterNot today honey Guy said coming to her You've got yourself worked up enough as it is It's not good for you or the baby He put his hand out and waited for her to give him the bookThere have been plenty of novels about paranoia with a protagonist confronted by incongruencies hinting at a mental breakdown or a massive conspiracy against him but Ira Levin operates on another level with Rosemary's Baby His protagonist is a pregnant woman heavily dependent on her husband and her social structure and thus vulnerable to them She finally wakes up and comes to fear that both she and her child are in danger Her evidence inconclusive and theory improbable she's told she's overreacting While witchcraft is implausible society's freuent mistrust of women is not This makes the terror of the novel plausibleAs a protagonist I don't cater sympathy for Rosemary Woodhouse even as a woman of her era Desperate to escape the control of her family she surrendered control of her life to a husband a man whose stagecraft comes with certain perks Rosemary cut her deal with the devil at the county courthouse and Rosemary's Baby is about the devil coming to honor that contract Regardless of one's views of marriage the novel can be enjoyed as sinister delightfully executed suspense Levin writes with restraint and precision introducing no detail he doesn't leverage later and engaging the reader's imagination to uestion whether anything supernatural is occurring at allIn 1966 schlock horror producer William Castle put in the highest bid for the film rights to Rosemary's Baby but in need of financing went to Paramount Pictures where a young production head named Robert Evans bet that the material would be a match for a young European filmmaker he wanted to work with named Roman Polanski Evans used Polanski's love of skiing and promise of a skiing picture to get him to Los Angeles where he convinced Polanski to consider Ira Levin's novel instead The film is a masterwork of unease duplicity and slowly pulsating doom with Mia Farrow John Cassavetes Sidney Blackmer and in her Academy Award winning role Ruth Gordon

  9. Celeste Celeste says:

    You can find this review and at Novel Notions Thanks Mr Levin I hate itI had so many problems with this book Because I feel the need to vent about said problems there will be an abundance of spoilers in the review below I’ll try to keep things as vague as possible but yeah Spoilers If you’re unfamiliar with the story and have any desire to read it without prior knowledge please skip reading this reviewYou have been warned I feel like one of the very few people in my part of the world who has never watched the movie Rosemary’s Baby or at least been exposed to the story Because I have in recent years developed a love for the horror genre I’m trying to read some of the backlist of books that make up the genre’s classics As this is a tiny little novel barely outside of the novella length I decided that it would be my next foray into said classics I’m glad to be able to say that I’ve read it and that’s about all the good I have to say about this book I read it That’s itRosemary and Guy Woodhouse are a recently married couple who find luck turning in their favor when an apartment becomes available at the prestigious Bramford The two move into their new home with glee and excitement exulting in the building’s uirks and motley assortment of tenants Two of these neighbors Minnie and Roman Castevet take the couple in as if they were long lost grandchildren Rosemary begins experiencing some odd happenings as her husband’s acting career takes off and she finds herself finally pregnant with the child she’s been longing for But her memory of the child’s conception is hazy at best and the few details she does recall sound like something from a fevered nightmare so she refuses to see them as real From there things spiral down for Rosemary She finds herself consumed by pain and paranoia and utterly isolated She believes there is a malevolent force in her life a conspiracy to steal her baby And she’s not wrong This is because her child is not fully human You see Guy isn’t the father Lucifer isOkay let me air my problems with this book First Rosemary is an incredibly weak and self absorbed protagonist and I didn’t find her the least bit likable I felt sympathy for her of course; she’s facing a terrifying situation that I wouldn’t wish on anyone But some of her choices infuriated me Yes she did start fighting back near the end of her pregnancy seeking to extract herself and her unborn child from their terrifying situation But before coming to that decision she accepted just about anything she was told or given even if she protested somewhere inside herself And when she would make a decision to see a different doctor or stop drinking Minnie’s sketchy vitamin drink she was fairly easy to convince to change her mind and fall back into her previous patterns Also I couldn’t stand Guy I’m trying to think of a careless callous superficial character but I’m coming up blank I wanted to reach into the pages and strangle him and give Rosemary a slap for not seeing through him sooner But what really blew my mind was Rosemary’s decision at the end of the book I was totally baffled by her response which I won’t get into just in case you decide you do want to read it for yourselfThere were a couple of redeeming ualities to this book which kept me from rating it with one star instead of two First Levin had to have a massive set of figurative balls to stick with this ending It was risky and has been controversial since the book was first published Rarely does an author show evil winning the day and that’s what Levin does here Good doesn’t suddenly appear out of nowhere to vanuish said evil It actually wins Second even though there were many elements of the book that felt cliche you have to remember that this novel was written before they were cliche and is than likely a large part of how these elements have become and remained so prevalent in pop culture I can see why other horror fans love this book I honestly can But it really rubbed me the wrong way especially theologically I believe that the devil is real and I know that the Church of Satan is an actual religion practiced by real people My problem here was with how easily Rosemary a lapsed Catholic shrugs off this evil while believing that she could fight it singlehandedly This argument sounded fragile and watery even in her own mind and I doubt that she truly believed it Rosemary’s Baby is all kinds of messed up but it’s compelling I’ll give it that Read at your own risk though especially if you’re a practicing monotheist Because Levin knows how to make believers in God feel super uncomfortable

  10. Carol Carol says:

    ROSEMARY'S BABY is creepy as HELLI truly had no intention of reading this novel until I realized Ira Levin was the author He sure could write creepy scary too and as with his other novels he moves right along in the telling describing a 1966 New York City setting young newlyweds Rosemary and Guy and their new place of residence in the 'old' Bramford apartment building with a very dark historyIf you've only seen the scary as HELL movie you'll find the book very similar if not exactly the same complete with weird 'old' nosy neighbors smelly charms and potions mysterious debilitating spells and suicides and a very unpleasant and shocking encounter This is no dreamThis is realThis is happening Eerie and uietly suspenseful throughout a must read classic for true horror enthusiasts but definitely not for everyone

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