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Rosemary's Baby: Introduction by Chuck Palanhiuk [Paperback]

Ira Levin
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23 Jun 2011
Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor-husband, Guy, move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and only elderly residents. Neighbours Roman and Minnie Castavet soon come nosing around to welcome them; despite Rosemary's reservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises that she keeps hearing, her husband starts spending time with them. Shortly after Guy lands a plum Broadway role, Rosemary becomes pregnant, and the Castavets start taking a special interest in her welfare. As the sickened Rosemary becomes increasingly isolated, she begins to suspect that the Castavets' circle is not what it seems.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Corsair (23 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849015880
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849015882
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ira Levin's classic novel reissued with a new introduction by Chuck Palahniuk.

About the Author

Ira Levin is the author of The Boys from Brazil, Sliver, The Stepford Wives, and other bestsellers, as well as Broadway's longest-running thriller, Deathtrap. He has won two Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America and the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Horror Writers Association. He died in 2007.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, a modern classic...... 21 Sep 2006
Having seen the movie, and enjoyed it, I gave the book a go. Despite being written 40 years ago now, it still has the feel of a contemporary book. Because of the claustrophic setting of the building, in which a lot of the action takes place,the real world doesn't impinge much.

Ira Levin writes in a nice, easy to read style, which makes you want to read more and more every time you finish a chapter. I won't give much away about the plot, just to say that the year 1966, in which it is set, is very relevant, and the book will make you wonder if the mundane things around you are quite as mundane as they seem!!

Well written, great storyline, good characters (although I found Rosemary to be a little too dumb at times), and a book that will make you think a little. Worth picking up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 9 May 2010
An under-rated masterpiece.
This novel has everything...excellent strongly-written characters, a thrilling unusual plot, the New York in the sixties vibe.
It is one of those books that is very rewarding to re-read because you begin to understand what was really going on when, for example, Hutch loses a glove, a seemingly trivial loss but with very evil undertones as it turns out. There are lots of little incidents that you will want to re-examine, knowing what you know at the end of the story.
The plot unfolds at a satisfying pace, the characters develop with the events.
A flawless, highly entertaining story.
I always intended to write to Ira Levin to express my admiration for the novel, but sadly I left it too late.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicca in New York 21 Aug 2010
This must be one of the cleverest horror stories that has ever been written. Quietly chilling and extremely effective.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly great, slightly disappointing ending 24 Oct 2011
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This was for most of its duration an excellent, tense thriller, with a growing sense of creepy horror. I had never seen the famous film adaptation, so didn't know if the seemingly obvious solution would turn out to be true, or if Rosemary would be revealed to be insane. However, I found the last sixth to be rather less good and was unsure if this was supposed to be reality or a dream. The very ending was very abrupt.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You must read this book! 26 Sep 2011
I have never read Ira Levin, nor been a fan of the "horror" genre, but hearing a review of this book on the radio, I was sufficiently interested to buy a copy. It is a sensational read - horrifying, tense and sinister but written in such a style that you simply cannot put it down. All the horror is implied with no graphic references but shocking to the point that I gasped out loud several times to my husband's irritation. I passed it on to him and he echoes my vie. Since then we have gone on to read 3 other Levin novels, each of which has been more captivating than the previous. He is a fantastic author and if you have never read one of his books, this is a cracking one as a starter for 10.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reviving 23 Mar 2012
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I have often seen Rosemary's Baby mentioned as a comparison in reviews so I was curious to read this classic book.

Published and set in the mid sixties, fashionable young couple Rosemary and actor husband Guy are delighted to be moving into the exclusive Victorian New York apartment block, the Bramford. A wise and trusted friend warns them that the Bramford has somewhat of a sinister past - child murders, satanic rituals, a dead baby found in the cellar and a high occurrence of suicides. The couple brush this off but within weeks, they return to their new home to find that somebody has thrown themselves to their death from an apartment window for what seems like no apparent reason. Plus their eccentric, elderly neighbours are taking a rather unhealthy and suffocating interest in them and Guy once wary, now seems to be embracing their friendship. And Rosemary wants to start a family at this place......I will say no more.

Creepy, chilling with lots of suspense, the pages practically turn themselves although I was disappointed with the ending which I thought came to an abrupt halt whilst the story was still flowing. Most definitely worth reviving though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the creepiest story ever told! 27 Aug 2011
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I bought this book even though I had previously seen the film and consequently knew the story. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it under these circumstances but wanted to give it a go because I've liked other books by Ira Levin. My worries were unfounded because I was gripped from the very first page. The book is an utterly compelling story of betrayal and paranoia and I could not put it down. This was probably the best 99p I have ever spent!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My wait is over 8 Aug 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
What can you say about this book that hasn't been said elsewhere? Fabulous read. I think it's more disturbing as a book than it is as a film. I love the fact that the story takes place in a regular setting rather than "elsewhere" - there's something about the action taking place in the home, which should be a place of safety, that makes it more chilling. I love this book - I always have.

I've been waiting for Ira Levin to appear on the Kindle e-book list for a while now. Rosemary's Baby - A Kiss Before Dying - The Boys from Brazil and The Stepford Wives all at 99p at the moment. Can't beat that for a bargain and luckily they appeared on the e-book list right before my summer holiday. :0)
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I really enjoy the simple style in which this author writes. I enjoyed stepford wives too. It is so refreshing not to be reading overly descriptive writing but just enjoying a good... Read more
Published 12 days ago by CnCn
1.0 out of 5 stars The biggest anticlimax I have ever encountered in any book I've...
Heard about the movie and found the book at a cheap price in my local book store, so thought okay, why not.

Thank God it was only 2 when I bought it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Murakami fan
5.0 out of 5 stars This is no dream, she thought. This is real, this is happening.
Rosemary and her husband Guy are moving, looking for an apartment to have their children. When a place opens up at Bramford, they do all they can to get it, but it may have been... Read more
Published 3 months ago by AvidAbbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Levin
Great suspense all the way through, showing how sheer instinct can tell you something is not right. The ending is surprising but one wonders if Rosemary still has a plan. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr Nicholas Lloyd-Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Brand new at a great price!
Arrived promptly and was well packaged. I am still reading the book but so far it is easy to read and very enjoyable.
Published 6 months ago by MRS. R. (Edinburgh)
5.0 out of 5 stars A horror classic, combining 1966 New York with a grim story
Ira Levin's 'Rosemary's Baby' is an intriguing combination of a seemingly normal well to do couple in 1965/1966 New York during a pregnancy, and the paranormal horror elements that... Read more
Published 7 months ago by AK
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldnt put it down!
Absolutely loved this book. I have never seen the film but the story was very gripping and full of suspense. I have now ordered other books by Ira Levin.
Published 8 months ago by Alan R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't Levin more popular?
Ira Levin is a name that is not often associated with his famous work. I am pretty sure that most of the people who have seen the film of 'Rosemary's Baby' do not know of the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by J.Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosemary's Baby
I read this book nearly forty years ago when I was pregnant with my first child ! I was scared and amazed by it - so much so that I downloaded it to re-aquaint myself with it once... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. J. Welsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read.
Liked the film. Loved this book. It's an excellent read. I could hardly put it down. It's creepy but almost believeable. Great to read on an ipad or similar with the lights out. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Irene
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