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Author: Ira Levin
ISBN13: 978-0965723176
Title: Rosemary's Baby
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Language: English
Category: Genre Fiction
Publisher: The Steven King horror Library; Book Club edition (2003)
Pages: 245

Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin

Rosemary's Baby is a 1967 horror novel by American writer Ira Levin, his second published book. It sold over 4 million copies, "making it the top bestselling horror novel of the 1960s. The commercial success of the novel helped launch a "horror boom", where horror fiction would achieve enormous commercial success.

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. 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.

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When published in 1967, Rosemary’s Baby was one of the first contemporary horror novels to become a national bestseller. Ira Levin’s second novel (he went on to write such fine thrillers as A Kiss Before Dying, The Stepford Wives, and The Boys from Brazil), Rosemary’s Baby, remains perhaps his best work. The author’s mainstream this is how it really happened style undeniably also made the novel his most widely imitated.

Described by Truman Capote as a "darkly brillian tale of modern deviltry... that induces the reader to believe the unbelievable," Rosemary's Baby was both a critical and a popular success when it first appeared in 1967. And in his introduction to this exclusive Stephen King Horror Library edition, King discusses Levin's skill as "the Swiss watchmaker of the suspense novel," and expresses his utter admiration for the way the novel takes urban paranoia to the next level - sheer terror.
Reviews: 7
I could not for a second put this book down. What a story! Now I see why it's a well known horror classic, and why it's so highly rated. I wish I'd read it sooner. I felt myself panicking for Rosemary way before she even panicked for herself. I had no prior knowledge to book and could see that Devil's work was being done just from the way she mentioned sulfur after her dream, and not being able to have salt. I'm not sure how I knew, but I just did. I literally sat with my hand on my mouth at times, in horror, after reading about all of the terrible things she was going through. In the room, when she is defenseless in the corner, I literally felt my blood boiling within me and I have never been pregnant, or know what it's like to love something inside of you. The description and the emotions made me feel as though I had and I cared about the baby just as much as she did! What a shocker. I won't give too much away, and will stop soon.... But I must say that the ending left me feeling very disturbed and uncomfortable. It was marvelous. Everything I want in a good book that's going to scare me.
Rosemary's Baby is not very scary but it was pretty strange and I enjoyed it.

Rosemary and her husband were really wanting to get into the Bramford apartment complex and right when they had signed a lease on another apartment it becomes available and Rosemary begs her husband Guy to get them out of the lease and into the Bramford. Wrong move on her part! :)

Not real long after they had been living there they meet an old couple who really seems to take over their lives but Rosemary doesn't see it until it's to late. Rosemary doesn't see a lot of things till it's too late. I know I keep saying wake up woman!

It wasn't to long after they met the old couple that Guy gets his big break in acting and it seems he is on fire with his career and then Rosemary gets pregnant and that is when the old couple really become a bit obsessed with her and the care of her baby, they even get her to go to a doctor they recommend, give her  vitamin drinks, etc.

Like a lot of older horror it was more atmospheric than scary. The reader can see what his happening and is worried for Rosemary though she is a bit slow to realize what is happening. There was a few times I really wanted to scream at Rosemary for not catching onto things that were happening around her.

The ending is a little strange and well I don't know. I am not even sure what I was expecting. I do think I am glad that I read this one before seeing the movie and now I would like to watch the movie. (Seeing the movie ruined my enjoyment of The Exorcist novel).

I am reading this book called Paperbacks from Hell and it's the history of the horror industry from the 70's and 80's and the author says there was three books that really was a turning point for horror and those are The Exorcist, Rosemary's Baby and The Other. So I have one more to go and I will have all three read. :) Let me tell you this book is wreaking havoc on my TBR...lol.

Even though it's classed as horror I think I would put it as more suspense than horror, especially towards the end. I would recommend it to those who might like a little spooky suspense as it would be great for those who don't like to get to scared. I know a few of you out there...lol.
You know the ending. You know what happens. Even if you don't know, you have a pretty damn strong idea. And yet every time I read the book or watch the movie, I find myself hoping that this time - THIS TIME - it's a different ending.

That is the power of this book, that it is so damn engaging and haunting when you already know the outcome. And how could it not be? Levin has set his protagonist as a pregnant woman - and then turned everyone against her. Your natural human response should be to want to offer help and protection in the creation of life - and all you can do is sit by and watch as everyone uses naive Rosemary for their own devices.

On top of that, Levin's succinct plotting is a brilliance of the genre. It's sparse because it doesn't need filler. It is brevity at its finest. That he only wrote a handful of book is a tragedy.

I keep reading people who complain the book didn't scare them. First, STOP THAT. Going in with a challenge isn't fair to any book, and you'll be writing the same reviews about Bram Stoker, Stephen King, HP Lovecraft, etc, etc. Second, the horror of Rosemary is in the nature of the Satanists. Levin proposes them not as brilliant intellectuals, but what would happen if your crazy uncle and aunt decided to bring about the spawn of the devil. And perhaps most horrifically of all, do they really understand what they're doing to begin with?

There is a different ending here than in the movie. Slightly, but enough to be a major tonal shift. Read it for that alone, but also read it if you've seen a movie. There's a reason why Polanski barely changed anything.
Well, well, well. I have been meaning to read this book for YEARS! YEARS! And I finally made it a priority to pick it up, sit down, and read it. And guess what? I'm impressed. For a book that is over 50 years old this was really good. Not the best or scariest book of all time, but really very good. You get a huge sense of foreboding when reading and had I not already seen the movie, these feelings would probably been much worse.

Rosemary's Baby is all about the buildup. Scary things don't just pop out and make you scream. Rather, the tension builds and builds as the story progresses and them BAM something creepy happens. Something that makes your skin crawl. Ira Levin did a great job here and I really appreciate the detail he put into this one.

If you enjoy the horror genre, you should definitely pick this one up. I find it to be a classic myself and think all fans of the genre should read it at some point in their lives. It's an easy read, one you can breeze through if you want to, and it's got excellent creep factor.