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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Corsair (21 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849015899
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849015899
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Masterful, ridiculously well crafted, and, like the ladies of Stepford themselves, flawless. (Esquire)

Levin is the Swiss watchmaker of the suspense novel. (Stephen King)

Both crude and amusing. (Metro)

A glorious read. (Herald)

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The internationally bestselling novel that has inspired two Hollywood movies. With an introduction by Chuck Palahniuk.

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Format: Kindle Edition
This book has the kind of lovely slow burn beginning that someone like Stephen King has perfected. When Joanna arrives in the town of Stepford with her husband and two children, everything seems perfect. And then it starts to seem a little too perfect for Joanna's liking. In fact, the one thing that may not be perfect is Joanna herself . . .

The two film versions - of which the first is far the superior - have failed to do this book justice. They make everything too obvious in a way the book does not. The book is far creepier. And at its heart is a ruthless dissection of modern suburban misogyny. A compelling read and up there with Levin's best.

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The Stepford Wives is a suspense tale. When the book opens the hero, Joanna, has just arrived in her new home of Stepford. Clearly it is a beautiful and quiet town, but equally clearly something is wrong. Slowly, the issues in Stepford become apparent and the tension grows.
The novel addresses issues of the role of women in society, the question of what an ideal wife is and, most sharply, whether men and women would give the same definition of 'ideal'. Despite the social changes since the book was written in 1972 this aspect remains remarkably fresh and vibrant. However, it would be wrong to give the impression that Stepford is a book about social issues. It's a great story which builds through Joanna's increasing realisation of the nature of the world which surrounds her.
One reviewer has noted references to some dated technology (which is true) but they are infrequent and the ideas in the book have not dated.
There is just one quibble. The Kindle edition comes with an introduction by Chuck Palahniuk which is well written and cogently argued, but gives away much too much of the story. Read it after the book, not before.
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I have not seen any film adaptations but like most people, am familiar with the references to the Stepford Wives. Written in 1972, it can now be considered as something of a classic, and something that has undoubtedly inspired a great number of subsequent authors and film-makers.

I bought the e-book version and it is very well edited and without any annoyances at all. However, it is a little uneconomical in price, at £5.31 (down from £7.99) for 139 pages. The dotted line indicating length is not much longer than a lot of the samples and short stories above and below it on my Kindle. That said, it is worth a read, especially if you have a voucher to use or find it in a sale (or pick up a hard copy for a reasonable price).

I won't go into the plot too much but I would like to respond to many of the comments that say the ending is disappointing or missing, or that it ruined the story/book for them. The ending is supposed to be that way and couldn't really be any other way if you think it through logically, based on who the narrator is and what happens to her by the end of the story (you are admittedly supposed to put two and two together and figure that out but I don't think it's too tricky!). I also think it ends the story on the perfect note, with the right tone, and leaves the reader with the intended uneasy sensation, intentionally suddenly.
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I bought this in a Kindle sale for the bargain price of 99p! It's one of those classics that I know a bit about due to its prescence in pop culture, but have never read. Amusingly enough, it turns out I'd seen the Nicole Kidman film some years before but had completely forgotten about it, a friend had to remind me I'd actually watched it with her! I'm glad I'd forgotten about it at the time as I recall now it was rubbish and I'm sure it would've at least slightly tainted my enjoyment of the book.

Doubtful I don't need to say much about the plot as I'm sure you must've been in a big dark cave for a very long time to not know anything at all about it!

What I loved most was how Joanna's relatively minor fear of sinking into boredom having moved into in suburbia slowly and insidiously morphs into the fear that her mortal life is actually in danger. Early on she tries to talk herself out of what she suspects is happening because it all just seems too preposterous and, of course, the men use those exact same arguments later on which powerfully undermines her certainties in a very creepy way. I thought Levin did an amazing job of keeping both Joanna and the reader themselves teetering between skepticism and certainty of what could be happening in this all too perfect suburb. A fantastically chilling read.
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Like a lot of my fellow reviewers I was familiar with the story of "The Stepford Wives" from the film versions, but as it was a story I enjoyed, I was happy to purchase a kindle copy of the book as part of the Kindle Marathon.

Part Sci-Fi, part Thriller and Part Political Commentary, the book follows the story of Joanna and her move to the picture perfect town of Stepford... She befriends fellow free spirit Bobbie and they join forces against the prim and proper matrons of Stepford.... Until the day that Bobbie changes almost overnight...

If you don't know what is coming, the story builds to its climax, leaving newcomer Ruthann to the possible same fate as Joanna. If you do know what is coming - you spot the clues and will find yourself willing Joanna to discover the truth behind the perfect Stepford before its too late.

A brilliant short Novella and well worth reading, even if you are familiar with the films
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