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The Stepford Wives (Bloomsbury Film Classics) Paperback – 28 May 1998


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  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (28 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747538026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747538028
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 July 2001
Format: Paperback
This book works. Do not ask me to explain why it works, but it does. Ira Levin manages to take a quite unbelievable story and marry it to reality in a way that makes it bristle with life. It is about the love-hate relationship we have with the suburbs, the draw of their old fashioned family values and at the same time, the repressive claustrophobia that they can create. The ordinary, day-to-day reality of the characters carries you along. They live and breathe and as a result the creeping fear and growing paranoia of the heroine comes as genuine and believable. By the end of it, entertained and thrilled, you will wonder how such an unbelievable story could work so well. It is Ira Levin at his best, playing on the same theme of his earlier classic 'Rosemary's Baby'; taking a normal care free young woman through a living nightmare and beyond. See for yourself, read The Stepford Wives'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brownbill on 22 Dec. 2010
Format: Paperback
This was a really interesting book. I followed the story wholeheartedly and really liked the main character, Joanna.

I have, however, two issues with the book. Firstly, Joanna was portrayed throughout the story as a level headed, intelligent woman. Yet when she realises what the husbands in the neighbourhood are doing to their wives and that she'll be their next victim, instead of making a run for it, she returns home to confront her husband and tell him how 'she knows what he's planning.' I thought that spoilt the story somewhat because I don't think any reasonably intelligent person would do that.

The second issue was that throughout the story I was eager to know what exactly happened to the wives. But it's never explained. The reader is left to use their own imagination. I think it's lazy when writers do this. I don't want to use my own imagination to finish the story - that's why I paid to read what somebody else's imagination could create. So the end was a bit of a let down. But I do think the book is a classic and well written.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 April 2000
Format: Paperback
I collect books that have movies made from them. One I overlooked until recently was "The Stepford Wives." Needles to say, it was out of print in the U.S. So I bought the Amazon U.K. copy. This had Film Classic written on the front. I did not give it a thought until I read the introduction. It was by the person who created the screenplay. It was marvelous to see his thoughts on the differences between the book and the movie. I am going to look for more books in this series. In the mean time I am leaving pointers on the refrigerator for my wife. I remind her of the leaps in technology sense the 70's and that I have to find a Men's Association. (fat chance)
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By The Emperor on 14 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
This was a greatly enjoyable little novel. I have seen the original film a few times but I still greatly enjoyed this.

It has a real seventies feel to it and I must admit I didn't really get some of the references.

It is extremely short and is much more of a novella than a fully formed novel.
It is all a bit silly in away and does require a certain amount of suspension of disbelief but it is basically just a fun read that does have a bit of a serious side.

Levin was a very good writer and I think that it works well with the short length though it may have been nice to have a few things fleshed out.

I really liked the ending though I think that a few readers haven't liked it much.
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As good as the film, in some ways outdated but there is always a place for satire.
It is especially good when considering the power within relationships or in the workplace.
Recommended.
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