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SUPPOSE you were an up-to-date young wife who moved into an old and elegant New York apartment house with a rather strange past. SUPPOSE that only after you became pregnant did you begin to suspect the building harbored a diabolically evil group of devil worshippers who had mastered the arts of black magic and witchcraft. SUPPOSE that this satanic conspiracy set out to claSUPPOSE you were an up-to-date young wife who moved into an old and elegant New York apartment house with a rather strange past. SUPPOSE that only after you became pregnant did you begin to suspect the building harbored a diabolically evil group of devil worshippers who had mastered the arts of black magic and witchcraft. SUPPOSE that this satanic conspiracy set out to claim not only your husband but your baby.Well, that's what happened to Rosemary...Or did it...?Description from the inner front page....

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  • Delee
    2019-05-13 18:15

    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 baby/egg" 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 me...When 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 lease.Rosemary 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 baby.Shortly 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 unpleasant...but before their next laundry date- Terry falls to her death from the top of the building- the police rule it a suicide.Rosemary 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 questions she had. The Castevets are a little odd but seem warm and friendly....and Guy is becoming quite close to Roman- thinking of him as a father figure. Who is she to judge???- especially since the closer Guy gets to Roman- the more enthusiastic he is about having a baby.Before she knows it Rosemary is pregnant, Guy's acting career blossoms and just when everything is going their way...the nightmare begins...ROSEMARY'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 more fun to have been surprised and shocked by the ending.

  • Candi
    2019-05-21 15:22

    "She didn’t know if she was going mad or going sane…"Well, 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 quality 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 more – 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 exquisite 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 consequence 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.

  • El
    2019-05-03 10:30

    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 here.Disclaimer 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 here.I 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 books/movies. So that's a bummer. But this goes out to her. I'm a true friend.This 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 work..."They 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 evil.They're befriended by a meddlesome elderly couple, Roman and Minnie, who live down the hall from them. Very quickly 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 (more 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 more about it. Or about anything, really.Guy 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 questionable 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 questions 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 quote is "I didn't want to miss Baby Night."Yeah, you're a dick.Rosemary 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 quarter on it because that's what a healthy married couple does.It 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 own.And 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 husband.Rosemary doesn't make all the best choices. But don't get me wrong, I am not victim-blaming.Of course then she has weeks of pain and she gets all gaunt, and Guy becomes the worst.Signs Guy is an asshole:-As previously stated, he rapes his wife (view spoiler)[We 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)] while she is incapacitated and unable to give consent.-Tells her the new Vidal Sassoon hairstyle that she got is "the worst mistake [she] has ever made in [her] entire life." That's pretty... harsh. I'm sure she's made bigger mistakes. Like, I dunno, marrying Guy.-Calls her friends "bitches" when they show concern and try to take care of her during her pregnancy when she's all "The pain! The pain!" A guy who keeps his wife from her family and friends and then calls them names or feels threatened by their concern is not a good guy, kids.-Throws a fit when Rosemary says she wants to go back to the Kildare-type doctor and uses money as an excuse and not wanting to hurt peoples' feelings and stuff. Uh, dude? Her body, her decision. I know that wasn't popular thinking in the Sixties, but you're still being creepy.-He throws away a book that was given to Rosemary by Hutch who had fallen in a coma and subsequently died. It was the last thing he gave to her, though does that even matter? You do not throw away your wife's books, especially on the pretense that you know better than her. Period. That's divorce-material right there, buster.Oh, there's so much more I'm sure, but those are really the highlights.Moving on from all of that, now. So it turns out Roman and Minnie are part of a coven, most of the Bramford is in on it, and Guy is the newest member of the gaggle. He made a deal with the devil that if the devil knocks up his wife and the coven gets to keep the devil-baby, then Guy will have all the best roles. Since he's an abusive husband who does not truly love his wife so much as he wants to control her, this seems like appropriate action.I've seen some reviews where people are all "This wasn't scary", to which I suggest maybe they're looking at the story in the wrong way... and I don't mean that pretentiously. (This time.) Yes, there's a demonic force and the book and movie land on all the Top Horror lists and stuff. But what makes it scary to me isn't the devil aspect (because I'm not a believer); rather because of all the stuff I discuss somewhat jokingly above.It's a scary novel because Rosemary is property. She has no control over her body, her decisions, her thoughts, her feelings. She turns back to the Kildare-type doctor and tells him all of her concerns and she thinks she's going to be saved and it turns out that he totally rats her out to Sapirstein and her husband. Imagine the betrayal! Imagine being in danger and not being able to turn to anyone (because your husband has isolated you from everyone). Imagine being forced to have sex with anyone (demon or regular human) and not have any say in the matter, and especially imagine that when the sole purpose was to create another human (or, rather, devil spawn in this case). Imagine then being told you have to see a certain doctor, you cannot talk to your friends, you cannot do any research on your own, you have to have these disgusting drinks your neighbor makes for you, you are just a little lady who has no valid thoughts on her own. Imagine then being told you're prenatally "crazy" (which I believe Guy tells her a couple of times towards the end). Imagine you're told your child has died.I may have a very flippant reaction to all of the above because I make jokes about Sixties Housewives and all, but the true, scary truth of the matter is this book is still relevant today. You hear about the "war on women"? Which is a real thing, but if you want to be picky about it, what is especially concerning is the "war on women's reproductive systems." Even now, in 2014, there are some people who are not allowed access to birth control. There are some people whose lives still mirror what Rosemary went through. (Hopefully without the devil-spawn.) Women are still being told what they should do with their bodies, how they should dress, how they should smile, how they shouldn't be offended or uncomfortable when someone on the street says anything to them ("It's a compliment, lighten up!"), and on and on and on.This all happens. Every day.Rosemary is given no choice in anything that happens to her throughout this novel. Is it frustrating to see how quickly she bends to Guy's will? Yes. Is it her fault? No.This is what makes this a horror novel. The part about the devil and the coven is almost secondary. Take those parts out and it's still a horror novel. The sex scene is one of the scariest sex scenes in literature because we know what's really happening: Rape.So, El, it totally sounds like you're super down on this book. Why the high rating? I know, it's contradictory, right? There's anti-Semitism, there are stereotypical references to women, blacks, and at least one Japanese character. It's dated, granted.The movie is one of my all-time favorite movies and I despise Polanski as a person. The book is still a thrilling read. It's not high literature, but it's a quick and engrossing read. I thoroughly enjoyed the book even though I found myself ranting at it.I think it's an important book, even if you want to pooh-pooh it for being genre fiction. There's more going on in these pages than just what everyone claims makes it a horror novel. All of the things I wrote about above are just as important today as ever, and I wish more people would read this book so they can understand that. Modern readers like to read this and laugh at it. Yes, it seems laughable, doesn't it? Except when you realize it's all so real, whether in 1967 or in 2014. There is a problem with our society, still, despite all of our advances. There's still a lot of work to be done.That's what Rosemary Woodhouse taught me.

  • Mariel
    2019-05-22 14:06

    This is why I will never have children.

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    2019-05-05 15:21

    ”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 more logic than a hope of luck. The apartment at the Bramford had more Gothic overtones, detailed woodwork, and certainly a more 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 more important than a few extra square 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 frequently to be ignored, especially if you are an inquisitive man, such as Rosemary’s dear friend Edward Hutchins. He, on further investigation, finds that there are far more 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 more on what can easily be quantified 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 more 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 more suspicious she becomes of everyone’s motives. Run, Rosemary, run!I’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 more 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 quick, flashy read that will give chills and thrills to all but the most jaded modern reader. If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http://www.jeffreykeeten.comI also have a Facebook blogger page at:

  • Carol
    2019-05-03 12:23

    ROSEMARY'S BABY is creepy as HELL!I 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 history.If 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 dream......This is real....This is happening."Eerie and quietly suspenseful throughout, a must read classic for true horror enthusiasts, but definitely not for everyone.

  • Joe Valdez
    2019-04-29 14:29

    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 changes.Opening 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 linen.Rosemary 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 Ames.""Who 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 niece.""Lovely," Guy said.Hutch turned to Rosemary. "Adrian Marcato practiced witchcraft," he said. "He made quite 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 lobby."Rosemary 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 root.When 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 down.Rosemary 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 grotesque 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 sing."Rosemary'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 start.Guy 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 pass.Hutch visits Rosemary in 7E and is shocked by how much weight she's lost. He questions 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 him."After all," he said, "there've been maniac doctors, haven't there? His big ambition is probably to make house calls on a broomstick."She turned to the window again, her face sober. "No, I don't think he's one of them," she said. "He's--too intelligent.""And 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 association.""I'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 safety.""We're not going to sublet and move," Guy said."Yes, we are," Rosemary said, turning to him.He picked up his new shirt. "We'll talk about it later," he said."He lied to you," she said. "His father wasn't a producer. He didn't have anything to do with the theater at all.""All right, so he's a bullthrower," Guy said; "who the hell isn't?" He went into the bedroom.Rosemary 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 more of that," he said.Rosemary said, "I just want to read this last chapter.""Not 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 book.There 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 frequent mistrust of women is not. This makes the terror of the novel plausible.As 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 question whether anything supernatural is occurring at all.In 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.

  • Alice
    2019-04-26 12:09

    holy mother of fucksticles thatwasaye-maze-ing4.75 This is no dream, she thought. This is real, this is happening. stars.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 the worst decision of their lives...Rosemary and Guy have been married for several years, Guy is a failing actor, he just can't find any jobs. Rosemary is a housewife and only thinks about having children and doing domestic work. They decide to move to a bigger place so that they can raise their children, and they move to the prestigious Bramford, where lots of gruesome murders have occurred. Their apartment was originally bigger, and was split. On the other side is the Castavets, a nice chipper old couple, who are somewhat weird; through the wall, Rosemary heard a party in progress at Minnie and Roman’s; the same flat unmusical singing she had heard the last time, almost like religious chanting, and the same flute or clarinet weaving in and around and underneath it.Just like everyone else, well maybe not everyone; Everyone except my friends that is, have watched the movie (confused?). So, naturally, I knew what was going to happen, and yet, I was really blown away. There was so much more detail that was lacking in the movie (although, they are very similar) I didn't realise there was a large backstory to Hutch (The guy who wants to meet her but goes into a coma.) He was like a dad to her. I usually prefer to read the novel and then watch the movie, or not watch the movie at all, and yet, I was still filled with anticipation while reading. I don't think there was a boring moment for me, even though she's just going about her mundane life.Rosemary and Guy appeared very close during the beginning, and had lots of cute scenes; They picnicked on the rug, on tuna sandwiches and beer, and made floor plans of all four rooms, Guy measuring and Rosemary drawing. On the rug again, they unplugged the lamp and stripped and made love in the nightglow of shadeless windows.And when Rosemary finally realises what they are doing, my heart started beating so fast, and I was scared for her. If I was her though, I would have just ran away, and not (view spoiler)[gone to see the doctor (hide spoiler)]There were a few little things that I disliked though, just tincy wincy little things, like when he wrote about afro-carribean people as Negroes, and in another review, it said that it wasn't used that often in the 1960's.Also, the build up was really good, without being creepy, where seemingly mundane things are twisted slowly into the conclusion. But the last 10% was really like a soap opera, and was unbelievable (I know, I know, (view spoiler)[it's a horror with the devil) (hide spoiler)] but the scenario wasn't realistic.Ira Levin has a real way with words, every letter, every word, every sentence seemed meticulously checked and useful. There were no sentences that 'filled the gaps' they were all relevant to the story. Sort of like a diary entry; including the useful information and nothing more. Ira's writing style really worked for me, so I look forward to reading more from Ira in the near future.Son of Rosemary; To be, or not to be, that is the questionA copy of Rosemary's Baby was kindly provided to me by Pegasus Books, the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
    2019-04-27 17:29

    The horror of this book is not the devil, nor his baby-demon. The horror of this book is represented by the corrupt, deranged mortals who surround Rosemary, all of them led by Guy, her husband. He sold his wife's body for success. He drugged her, stood there and watched his wife being rapped by the devil.He stood there and watched her conceive the devil's child... and getting tortured by the creature inside her for months. And he stood there and watched while Rosemary was being used as a cow to milk, all the while letting her think her child was dead.I despise him and his friends.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-05-01 10:05

    Rosemary's Baby (Rosemary's Baby #1), Ira Levin عنوان: بچه ی رزمری؛ نویسنده آیرا لوین؛ مترجم: محمد قائد؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، نشر کلاغ، 1394، در 291 ص، شابک: 9786007656006؛ بچهٔ رُزمری، رمانی کوتاه یا داستانی بلند، از یکی از بهترین نمونه‌ های ایجاد تعلیق میان وهم و واقعیت است. فیلمی درخشان که رومن پولانسکی از روی آن ساخت در بسیاری موارد برگردانِ سطر به‌ سطر و حتی کلمه به کلمهٔ رمان آیرا لوین به تصویر است. پرداختن به فراواقعی معمولاً با دلهره و سایه‌ روشن‌هایی پر رمز و راز همراه است. بچهٔ رُزمری دلهرهٔ ماوراء طبیعه را وارد اتاق نشیمنِ پر از رنگ و نورِ آدمهایی عادی و حتی مضحک می‌کند. وارد کردنِ وقایع فوق طبیعی در زندگی روزمره، راهگشای ژانری در ادبیات عامه‌ پسند شد؛ که پس از چندین دهه همچنان پرخواستار استمحمد 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 نام مینی و رومن کستوت زندگی می‌کنند. مینی و رومن به سرعت با گای طرح دوستی می‌ریزند. اتفاقات 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 محسوب می‌شد 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...؛ا. شربیانی

    2019-05-02 11:29

    3.5OH GOD 💔💔'

  • Ellen Gail
    2019-05-17 18:27

    “There’s nothing to be afraid of, Rosemary; honest and truly there isn’t.” If you've seen the movie, you've basically read the book. I never realized what a faithful adaptation Polanski made, down to entire passages of dialogue and what clothes the characters wore. That said, both the book and the movie are fantastic.I have to give the movie the slight edge due to Mia Farrow's outstanding performance, but I had a great time reading this.

  • Zuky the BookBum
    2019-05-19 13:08

    This is no dream, she thought. This is real, this is happening.Note to self and others: beware of overly friendly neighbours.This is amazing. At just over 200 pages, this novel takes you on a hell (excuse the pun) of a journey that you won’t forget anytime soon. Levin has managed to make a novel so witty, and at the same time, so terrifying. In a way, the tone of this book is reminiscent of American Psycho (or rather American Psycho is reminiscent of this as it came out afterwards), but rather than in-your-face vulgar gore, this is far more psychologically disturbing. Never has such a mundane life, as Rosemarys and Guy’s, ever been so horrifying.I’d already watched the movie when I picked this up, so I knew what this novel was about and what happened, and I think, maybe, that made me enjoy this more. When you know how the story plays out, the tension in this really grips you and you find yourself angry and empathetic towards Rosemary’s naivety. I think if I went into this novel not knowing, Rosemary would have simply pissed me off, she’s that sort of weak and dependant woman I oh-so hate in books, but it was a different experience for me, knowing what I know. That’s not to say you won’t like this going into it blind, I’m sure the tension and horror of this will affect you just the same way and you'll get the pleasure of the pure shock of the discovery, something I didn't.I’ve said previously that I find it hard to really hate a character in a book, as I often find things to like about them, despite all their bad ways, but that’s not the case in this one. Let’s just say there is one specific character in this I hate more than anyone (in any other book ever, so far) for their betrayal, all for their own selfish gain.The ending of this novel is one of the hardest, if not the hardest to swallow. It’s so distressing and so upsetting. I can’t say anything more than that, but it’s truly awful.I’m really trying not to give too much away with this review, it’s hard not to say so many things, but I think it’s OK to mention the fact this book is about devilry (it’s written on the book as a quote from Capote so it can’t exactly be ignored)! This is a truly terrifying novel, and if you had qualms about having children before, you’ll definitely have more after reading this book. This is a one-sitting read for me and I’m actually excited to re-read it sometime in the future. This work is a masterpiece. Levin is an incredible writer and I’m now aiming to read the rest of his work by the end of the year (yes, even Son of Rosemary, even though it has the worst ratings ever).P.S. Even if you don’t like horror, you’ll most likely enjoy this book as it’s not openly trying to freak you out. It’s far more a suspense novel that gets in your head.

  • Stefan Yates
    2019-05-14 13:10

    I would like to start of this review by posting a special NOTICE for folks who own this novel from THE STEPHEN KING HORROR LIBRARY and have not read the novel before. DO NOT read the forward by Stephen King until after you have read the novel. I love King. I love King's analysis and opinions on things. But this is the first time that I have read something written by Stephen King that made me want to punch the man in the face. I don't mean that literally of course, but it's the best way that I can describe the frustration I felt after reading his very well-written analysis of the book and his reasons for including it in his collection. Not only does he disclose crucial plot-points from the story, he actually includes QUOTES from pivotal scenes. I mean, really, if you're going to analyze a novel that closely, please save it for an afterward!Anyway, even though the entire plot had been ruined, I did really enjoy the novel. For a storyline that develops super slowly, Mr. Levin has a writing style and has created quirky, fun characters that keep the reader interested in following along with their basically mundane lives. Instead of building up a huge amount of tension, Levin instead makes the reader uncomfortable with the events that are going on. There's not a lot of the feeling of "No, don't go there!!" so much as a feeling in the pit of your stomach that all is not well. Overall, an enjoyable novel and one of the classics of modern horror.

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-04-27 18:31

    This book might not be the most modern one out there, but it's still timeless, written in the era of the "love generation" and incorporating subtle elements of creepiness into the story until finally, it takes a dramatic turn for the bizarre and sinister. What could be more scary than knowing that a devil's cult wants your baby? This book just isn't the same without the accompanying film though, the vibrant bright colors of celluloid film and the excellent acting and soundtrack were what brought this story to life. The original 1968 film, not the god-awful remake. So if you're going to read this book, seek out the original film as well, it's much better reading and watching together.

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  • Caro M.
    2019-05-05 12:31

    I always say that you should never trust non working retirees, they have weird hobbies and too much free time on their hands and it's a common knowledge that the devil does find work for idle hands. This novel is the best example to prove my theory.All right, I don't want to be mean to old people, but I do have my suspicions, OK? Other than that I definitely enjoyed the book, it didn't feel much dated, on the opposite - it felt quite on time in times when we still have to debate if the woman is the actual owner of her own body. That was definitely the scariest part, to see how poor Rosemary got manipulated and forced into her pregnancy and how she was a lamb to the slaughter (well, not the literal one, but almost) from the very beginning. I'm not sure if it was Levin's initial idea but it's too well written to not be an important one. And of course I dig the social satire on New Yorkers, how they would praise Satan just for the sheer eccentricity of it, but I guess you got to be one yourself to appreciate it completely. However, I can definitely imagine the strongly aged "Sex and The City" quartet praising Dark Lord in exchange for unlimited access to rejuvenation and blahniks.

  • Gorgona Grim
    2019-05-01 10:05

    Jedan od klasika napisanih u okviru horor žanra, "Rozmarina beba" na odličan način dočarava unutrašnju borbu kroz koju prolazi protagonistkinja Rozmari Vudhaus.Mladi bračni par okreće novu stranicu u njihovim životima onda kada odluče da se presele u stan koji se nalazi u zloglasnoj zgradi Bamford. Rozmarin prijatelj Hač je bio najglasniji protiv selidbe zbog zloslutne prošlosti zgrade - ubistva, samoubistva pa i slučaj kanibalizma je samo deo te prošlosti. Gaj Vudhaus je glumac koji se bori za bolji tretman i zapaženije uloge, dok ga Rozmari podržava u svakom pogledu. Njihova želja je da jednog dana, kada budu finansijski stabilni, prošire svoju porodicu. Kada se konačno usele u svoj novi stan, Rozmari počinje da upoznaje nove komšije. Ubrzo se dešava još jedno samoubistvo. Nesrećnu devojku su, pre smrti, primili bračni par Kastavet i brinuli se o njoj jer nisu imali svoje dece. Nakon izjave saučešća, Gaj počinje češće da se druži sa bračnim parom. Ubrzo se u Rozmari budi osećaj da nešto nije u redu, ne sluteći koliko je bila u pravu i kakva sudbina joj predstoji. Spletom okolnosti, njen prijatelj Hač pada u neobjašnjivu komu i Rozmari shvata da nema kome da se obrati ukoliko joj pomoć bude bila potrebna i da je prepuštena sama sebi.Od ovog trenutka radnja počinje da se ubrzava i da se dešavaju stvari protkane okultnim, makar onako kako je Ajra Levin zamislio da izgleda sekta, obred, običaji i rekvizite kojima se okultisti služe. Međutim, bez obzira na detaljno opisivanje bračnog para Kastavet i njihovih prijatelja, pažljivo građena tenzija i strah preti da bude raspršen usled iskoraka u magijsko i neverovatno. Ovo bi možda mogla da bude i jedina zamerka ako se uzme na to da su mi se opisani prostori i okultni elementi jako svideli. Pozicija Rozmari je fantastično predstavljena čitaocu koji ni u jednom trenutku ne posmisli da je nešto lažno, već mu je scenario događanja potpuno logičan i verodostojan. Psihološki pritisak koji se stvara je u jednom trenutku toliko jak da imate osećaj da ćete vi pući.Sam kraj je za mene bio najzanimljiviji zbog promene u Rozmarinom poimanju stvari i obrtu koji je usledio. Moj osećaj za fer plej nalaže da pomenem i nastavak Son of Rosemary i upozorim vas: čitate na sopstvenu odgovornost. Nadam se da neće biti toliko razočaravajuće iskustvo kao što je meni bilo.

  • Claudia
    2019-04-29 13:21

    Teuflisch gut!Ein Albtraum zwischen Hoffen und Bangen, Phantasie und Realität.Rosemary und ihr Mann Guy, ein Schauspieler, ziehen in das "Bramford-House". Ein alter Freund versucht sie zu warnen, vergeblich. Dieses Haus ist berüchtigt für viele Selbstmorde und Morde, die in vergangenen Zeiten stattfanden. Sie ist dermaßen begeistert, dass sie sämtliche Warnungen in den Wind schlägt. Kurz darauf begeht ein junges Mädchen, mit dem sie sich angefreundet hat, Selbstmord. Sie ist erschüttert, doch die freundlichen Nachbarn lassen sie den Schrecken bald vergessen. Besonders die Castevets, die gleich nebenan wohnen, sind unheimlich! nett. Sie schenken ihr gleich mal ein merkwürdig riechendes Amulett, das Glück bringen soll. Auch die Freunde von Roman und Minnie überschlagen sich förmlich vor Freundlichkeit.Roman, in Wahrheit ein Satanist, läßt seine Kräfte spielen, indem er dafür sorgt, dass Guy eine begehrte Rolle auf Kosten eines anderen bekommt. Guy hat in diesem Augenblick seine Seele verkauft. Als Rosemary wenig später, unter Drogen gesetzt, schwanger wird, zieht sich die Schlinge langsam zu. Sie wird genötigt einen befreundeten Gynäkologen der Castevets aufzusuchen und jeden Tag ein stinkendes Gebräu (Vitamingetränk) von Minnie zu trinken. Der Frauenarzt ignoriert ihre starken Schmerzen und verbietet ihr, mit anderen Müttern zu sprechen, um sich nicht zu beunruhigen.Alte Freunde, die sie zufällig trifft, erschrecken über ihr Aussehen. Eines Tages verabredet sie sich doch mit ihrem Freund Hutch, der sie vor dem ´"Bramford" gewarnt hat. Hutch versucht ihr die Augen zu öffnen, indem er das Amulett als Teufelskraut enttarnt. Er kommt aber nicht weit mit seinen Warnungen, denn plötzlich läutet es an der Tür. Draußen steht der nette Mr. Castevet und begehrt Einlass. Kurz darauf kommt auch der "liebende Ehemann" total verfrüht nach Hause. Hutch ist gezwungen, seinen Besuch abzubrechen. Es wird der letzte Kontakt zwischen ihnen sein.Ihrem Freund ist es zumindest noch gelungen, Zweifel in ihr zu säen. Man hofft, dass sich doch noch alles zum Guten wendet......Eine derart düstere, beklemmende Amosphäre habe ich selten beim Lesen verspürt. Ira Levin ist mit diesem Buch tatsächlich ein Meisterwerk der Horrorliteratur gelungen.

  • Estelle
    2019-05-14 18:22

    3.5 starsI really quite liked it! It wasn't scary but there was a nice tension throughout the book and a great climax.If you like the movie, there's a good chance you'll enjoy the novel as well. Both are very similar and Polanski's Rosemary's Baby is easily one of the best horror adaptations out there. Overall, a good way to start the #SpookyBRB month!

  • Becky
    2019-05-03 16:14

    4.5 StarsI admit that I'm a little torn on what to rate this book, so I split the difference, although I'm really tempted to go all StarSearch™ up in this piece and do 4.75 stars. (Wait, did they have a 5 star rating system? No, I think it was only 4. Crap. Well, anyway, you get the point. That is, unless you're younger than me and don't even know what StarSearch is. In that case, you're a jerk, and go away.)Anyway, I'm torn because, having seen the movie before, I think that Roman Polanski nailed the ending... He stopped at just the right point, and left us with that lingering empathetic horror, the mystery, the "What the fuck?!" feeling. We get just a hint, and the rest is Rosemary's reaction, and that subtlety's often better than the giving up the whole shebang. The book takes the ending just a smidge further, and with a smidge more detail to the what, and that smidge further opens a line of possibility that is horrifying in itself. The things that a mother will accept, the things that a PERSON can accept, it's scary to think of in extremes like this. Imagine raising this baby with the eye of the world watching. Jeez. The terrible twos would be... apocalyptic. So... yeah, I'm torn. I don't know which ending I prefer. They are both great in their own ways. I listened to this one as an audibobook, and I LOVED it. It was read by Mia Farrow and honestly, I think that her reading may have upstaged her movie performance. Not that she wasn't great in the movie, because I think she was, if a teeeeeensy bit melodramatic, but the audio relied solely on her voice, and so it was a bit more subtle and intense at the same time. I'm not sure how to really explain it, but just trust me, it was awesome. Mia portrayed Rosemary's naivete perfectly. Perfectly. I feel like, perhaps if I'd have read this, I'd have found some of it a bit ridiculous. The things that Rosemary goes along with, I'm thinking, "No! Don't drink the putrid drink again! Are you STUPID?!" but then Mia does such an insanely great job at showing us this small town, kinda sheltered girl on her own in the big city, with her barely-married-a-year husband, in way over her head, super excited that she's FINALLY pregnant, and just wanting to do the right thing, even though she's not sure just what that is. She's manipulated on all sides, she's tricked and fooled over and over, and even though she's smart, she just doesn't know to be suspicious until it's too late. Mia Farrow shows all of that perfectly. The wavery quality in her voice, the whispers, the hesitation, the doubt and fear... all of it comes through, and really adds a lot to this story, I think. Then there's Ira Levin's writing in general. Really great stuff. It's so... layered. But it doesn't FEEL layered. It feels straightforward and almost simplistic, but it's like seeing tree after tree after tree, and then finally stepping back far enough to realize that it's a forest after all. It doesn't change what it is, but the big picture is a sum of the parts. I loved the little things, the tiny details that Rosemary saw as a whole lot of trees, never realizing that she was too close to see the forest. Also, I was really kind of impressed by Guy Woodhouse in this, although it feels very strange to say so. He managed such a ridiculously fine line of manipulation, it's hard not to be impressed that he carried it off for so long, even while being feministically pissed at his audacity and selfishness. I was also struck by the emotional and mental abuse tactics that Guy used to keep Rosemary in line. Always keeping her home, with no money and no means of getting any, cut off from friends and family. She was always watched or followed. He didn't even let her do her own shopping - the neighbors would do it in the guise of being neighborly and helpful in deference to her sickly condition. Even without the paranormal bent of this book, it would be terrifying just for those reasons. I kept hoping that she'd leave, go to a friend's house, anything, but she didn't. I knew the storyline already, but I still wanted her to just GO. Guy wasn't physically abusive, but he was emotionally neglectful and distant and cruel (not to mention all the rest), and she just wanted so badly to have a happy family that she couldn't see it. This is a fantastic book. I'm so glad that I splurged on it. Highly recommended. Horror October 2011: #8

  • Gabrielle
    2019-05-21 11:27

    Just as with “Stepford Wives”, “Rosemary’s Baby” is a book that seems to be about one thing, but that has many more layers than meet the eyes waiting to be peeled back by the reader. This is the magic of Levin: he makes you think you are reading a story about one thing, but introduces you slowly to a whole other level of creepiness that you could never have expected by reading the synopsis at the back of the book. And also just like in “Stepford Wives”, there is an interesting feminist subtext to this classic horror tale.The story of Rosemary Woodhouse starts in such a quaint way: she and her husband land their dream apartment in a very prestigious old building. Sure, that building has a weird history of devil worshipping, cannibalistic, homicidal tenants, but who cares? While her husband Guy-the-struggling-actor goes off to auditions, Rosemary plays housewife and lovingly decorates their new home, starts talking about wanting to have a baby and is subtly bullied into befriending their eccentric old neighbours, Millie and Roman. Little by little, Rosemary begins to feel uncomfortable with this acquaintance and with Guy’s behavior.Spoilers from here on, please do not read if you haven’t read the book or seen the movie.As most people know, the neighbors are actually part of a coven of witches who are on the lookout for a young fertile woman they can use to bring the child of Satan into the world. They make a deal with Guy so that he lets them “use” his wife as their vessel in return for a successful career. Rosemary is oblivious to all this and simply notices that her husband is being a creepy douchebag, who apparently has sex with her while she is passed out because it was the night she was ovulating, and eventually throws a present from her old friend Hutch in the garbage… But he is her husband and she loves him, so she forgives his appalling behaviour and doesn’t question any of the other strange things going on. She eventually gets pregnant, is referenced to a doctor by her meddlesome neighbors and is told to take weird herbal drinks - and that her pains, anxieties and fear are nothing more than the trivial thoughts of a young and inexperienced mother-to-be. Until she figures out what is actually going on and tries to make a run for it.What freaks me out in “Rosemary’s Baby” is not the idea of a coven of witches trying to bring the Antichrist into the world. It’s that Rosemary, who has considered going back to work and constantly wishes she could spend more time with HER friends, never questions Guy’s authority and allows him to belittle her constantly until she is hanging around, spiritless and submitted, left with nothing but her thoughts and the company of nosy old people. If this emotional and mental abuse wasn’t disturbing enough, she is also pushed around constantly by Millie, Roman and their friends, told what to eat and what to do about her pregnancy. She is also told repeatedly not to listen to what her silly friends say, what do they know? She is systematically made to believe she is silly and hysterical, and that the people around her, who take an unhealthy interest in her every move, are only trying to help her!You watch the perfect little life she had created for herself, with the nice apartment, the caring husband and the darling baby, slowly fall apart and turn into a nightmare as she doesn’t know who to trust or what to do. Even the doctors are against her, and if the doctor says you are crazy and need to be sedated, who is everyone else going to trust? The frightened pregnant lady or the worldly man of science? And when she wakes up and is told her baby died, Guy shrugs her post-partum depression off as if she’d suffered nothing more than a bad headache.The familiar horror, the terrible things happening right next door, that is what Ira Levin excels at, and “Rosemary’s Baby” is a truly frightening book about isolation, loss of power and betrayal. Just as in “Stepford Wives”, the female character is stripped of her power by a husband who should have protected and supported her.There is also the entire issue of Rosemary’s body and of how she is never given a voice as to what is being done to and about it. She is not allowed to make a single decision regarding her reproductive system, demon-raping aside. She doesn’t get to choose her doctor, or do her own research on her symptoms. Her body and her baby do not belong to her. Now that is just terrifying, and it sadly still rings true in a world where abortion laws are making it harder and harder for women to get access to it; when most contraceptives are not covered by medical insurance but fertility treatments are, sending women a not-so-subtle message as to what their priorities should be…I have never had a baby, but I’ve had plenty of medical issues with my plumbing, and I can tell you from experience that even today, women are not always taken seriously by medical professionals when it comes to their own uteruses, and are often treated like paranoid idiots. It’s not fun. And the horror of Rosemary having no choice and no power scares the beejesus out of me.So congrats, Mr. Levin: you have made me deeply horrified of both pregnancy and the suburbs, and thanks to you, I will probably never accept a drink from a neighbor, just in case. Jokes aside, I think that this book is an important one, even if it sometimes feels a little dated and even if it’s genre fiction. Levin’s writing has so many layers and draws you in until you have a pit in your stomach, even if you already know how the story ends. And if you have already seen the wonderful movie adaptation, do yourself a favor and read the book anyway: so many little details didn’t make their way to the big screen, and they are absolutely worth it.

  • Puck
    2019-05-21 16:21

    This book is not about a baby. Okay, maybe a little, but don’t be mislead readers because there is so much more to this horror book that what the title indicates. This is a terrifying story about isolation, about control (and losing it), about spousal-abuse. About being horribly betrayed by people whom you should be able to trust. About sweet Rosemary, who despite her role as protagonist, has the least power of all."Before Rosemary’s Baby nature was the enemy, in the form of ghosts and death and decay.”so writes Chuck Palahniuk in the introduction.“Now with Ira Levin’s urban horror classic, the enemy is everyone.” The enemy is indeed everywhere, hiding behind a face of friendly elderly neighbours who welcome Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse into their new apartment building. These people aren’t really the neighbours you want to borrow a cup of sugar from (neither should you accept their chocolate mousse!), but since Guy is so charmed by them, Rosemary is bullied into befriending eccentric Mr. & Mrs. Castavet as well. Shortly after Guy’s carrier as an actor takes off and the couple starts planning for a baby, a chain of dark events is set in motion that has terrifying consequences…For Rosemary, that is. Because it are not so much her creepy friendly neighbours who gave me the shivers, but especially her ‘well-meaning’ husband Guy. This man rapes her while she is asleep (“I didn’t want to miss Baby-night!”), cuts her off from her old friends, and never takes her health or fears seriously. Apart from Guy’s emotional-and-mental abuse, Mr. and Mrs. Castavet take complete control of Rosemary's pregnant body by deciding her doctor for her, and forbid her from doing any research or ask for second opinions. Pain? Doubts? Silly woman, these are just normal first-pregnancy symptoms! Don’t worry your about it! “There’s nothing to be afraid of, Rosemary; honest and truly there isn’t.” The more controlling everyone gets, the more you start to wonder if the baby is really Rosemary’s. The answer to this question is found in the ending, which hits you like a swift punch in your stomach. Some readers dislike it, but it reminded me of the grim ending of 1984: it shows us the awful result of the constant manipulation and brain-washing of our main character. So if you think you know what Rosemary’s Baby is about: check yourself, and do sit down and read it. Nothing gets you in the Halloween spirits than reading this horror classic. For myself, I'll make sure to pick up other work by Ira Levin in the future, and from now on to be very careful of my neighbours' health weird vegetable shakes for me, please!

  • Bill
    2019-05-26 14:07

    This is more like it.Prior to reading this, I was a month and 800 pages into George R.R. Martin's Storm of Swords, a sprawling epic with dozens of characters and several storylines.After stumbling across severe spoilers, and still 400 pages to go, I threw in the towel. I was burnt out on the story, and was getting much more excited about my to-read pile than the book I was reading. It was time to stop.This is what I needed: A nice & tidy, straightforward story.Man, it has got to be over 30 years since I saw Rosemary's Baby, but I still vividly remember a lot of it. The movie followed the novel very closely, so there will be no surprises for you if you've seen it.But it is still very much worth the few hours it takes to chow this one down.Even though the ending is known, the novel still has such a sinister aspect to it,so subtle at first, then slowly becoming more evident, that this makes it an excellent read.And good luck hearing anything else but Mia Farrow's voice in Rosemary's dialogue.Like Jodie Foster's Clarice, there can only be one voice for Rosemary.Deliciously creepy, and a great, fast read.Edit: I just remembered what else I wanted to mention. While I am usually dead set against censoring or editing content of books written in an age where standards differ from now, I really wish the word "Negro" was phased out of this book. I have absolutely no issue with off-putting words in the dialogues of characters, but when it's in the author's descriptive narrative, I really don't like it. Just saying.

  • Addy
    2019-05-14 13:11

    This book was simply fantastic! Great scary read for Halloween that gave me the creeps throughout. Most everyone has probably read this great classic, so I won't go into the details of what it was about. I will say it had a lot of surprises for me and kept me on the edge of my seat, so I can see why it turned into a classic horror movie as well. Just beware if you hear some strange chanting in or near your abode. Make sure you know you're neighbors, let alone you're own husband and always keep a scrabble board around. 5 star read:)

  • Josh
    2019-05-08 11:07

    Possibly the finest example of dramatic irony I've ever read. It's both energizing and enervating to read; I longed for our heroine to discover the duplicities around her, yet found myself frustrated as she went about her life with the devil's son growing in her stomach, unaware that her husband had sold her out for a film career and her ob-gyn (her downstairs doctor) was in on the conspiracy. There are many things about this book that linger with me, things that I'm going to turn over in my head. Some of them are quite the wonderful fanciful little nuggets; these are, after all, the most mundane Satanists you've ever run across. The ending borders on absurd, but it too (at least in my mind) hits the perfect pitch, and even more clearly demonstrates how utterly banal said Satanists were. (Satanic impregnation notwithstanding) Other parts are disturbing, and since this is a horror book I feel that this is to be both expected and respected. That said, Rosemary's rape/cuckoldry at the hands of the Prince of Lies (with the consent of her husband) lingers in a way I rather wish it wouldn't. I view the scene with a fair measure of repugnance (which means, of course, it just keeps popping into my head. It's like a scab I can't stop picking.)At any rate, I will probably add to this later, as I digest the book.

  • Mindi
    2019-05-05 12:11

    I can't even count the number of times I've seen the film Rosemary's Baby. To this day, it remains firmly in my top 10 favorite movies list. Perhaps it was my love for the film that kept me from reading the novel it was based on, but I finally decided to give it a go, and I'm kind of making it into a theme now. The next two books on my TBR pile are popular novels from the 60's and 70's that were made into equally popular films.Now that I have read the novel, I understand why I love the film. Roman Polanski barely changed a single word of the book when translating it to the screen. It is so similar that the entire time I was reading it, I was picturing the actors and their gestures and hearing their voices and inflections.Polanski met regularly with Levin to discuss the screenplay, and even went to such extreme levels of detail that he would consult Levin on what color Rosemary's dress should be in a scene, and which issue of the New Yorker Guy would have found the shirt he liked. This level of dedication brought the film to life, but Levin had already done all of the work. The entire story was already there, and it is probably one of the most brilliant horror novels of the 20th century. As much as I love the movie, I wish that I could have read this novel before it was released. Obviously that's impossible, since I was born years after its publication, but I truly envy those people who got to read it without spoilers and without the faces of the actors so firmly embedded in their minds. I think this would be an entirely different book without the movie. That being said, this is probably one of the best examples of a film completely embodying a novel. I highly recommend them both. You choose the order. ;)

  • Bettie☯
    2019-05-08 13:04 Kim Cattrall reads the classic best-selling horror about a young, newly married couple who move into a fashionable Manhattan block which harbours a terrifying secret.A special Halloween one-off abridgement of this darkly brilliant tale of modern devilry by Ira Levin (The Boys From Brazil, The Stepford Wives) which later was faithfully adapted by Roman Polanski into an Academy award-winning film starring Mia Farrow. According to film-making legend, Polanski didn't realise he was allowed to make changes, having never adapted a novel before. Whether or not this was true, the fact remains that nearly every line of dialogue in the film was taken from the novel's text.

  • Knjigoholičarka
    2019-05-02 12:27

    Sa jedne strane - sjajno napisan roman, koji postepeno gradi atmosferu paranoje i strave, i maltene do samog kraja ostavlja (nespojlovanog) čitaoca u dilemi da li je Rouzmeri u pravu, ili samo umišlja?S druge strane - crne sveće, ponoćne mise, orgije u slavu Satane, veštičarenje, crne mašnice (da), crna kolica za bebu, crna benkica za bebu, srebrni privesci protivu uroka i toliko goth estetike od koje ćete pomisliti da se nalazite na rođendanskoj žurci Varga Vikernesa*. Čisto sumnjam da bi Nečastivom bila potrebna pomoć takve jedne gomile klovnova oko planiranja porodice. Tako da, 4+1=5, a 5/2=2.5, zaokruženo na 3.--------* - Vikernes, ruku na srce, nije satanista već neopaganin, ali poznato vam je da se, izvorno, norveški black metalci prže na Đavla, naročito ako se (o, ironije) zapravo zovu Kristian.

  • Δημήτρης
    2019-05-13 15:05

    Ένα από τα κλασικά βιβλία που εγώ δεν ήξερα την ύπαρξή του. Παρά μόνο την ύπαρξη της ομώνυμης ταινίας. Ευτυχώς δεν είχα δει την ταινία -αν και ήξερα σε μέσες άκρες τι γίνεται-, και ευτυχώς έπεσε το μάτι μου πάνω στο εν λόγω βιβλίο σε ένα βιβλιοπωλείο. Αν και δε θα το έλεγα ακριβώς τρόμου, είναι μια ιστορία που δημιουργεί αρκετά άβολα συναισθήματα με αποκορύφωμα το επικό φινάλε. Οφείλω να ομολογήσω ότι καθόλη τη διάρκεια του βιβλίου θεωρούσα ότι πολλές σκηνές ήταν περιττές και υπήρχαν απλά για να γεμίσει το βιβλίο. Έκανα λάθος καθώς τελικά όλα βρίσκονταν για κάποιο λόγο εκεί. Η ακριβέστερη βαθμολογία θα ήταν 4,5 με στρογγυλοποίηση προς τα πάνω διότι με κατέλαβε για τα καλά.