Book Review–Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

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This is the 79th book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.

 

Picture Source: Goodreads.com
Picture Source: Goodreads.com

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
Published in 1967

 

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 and, despite Rosemary’s reservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises 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 Castavet’s circle is not what it seems.

 

 

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I saw the movie first, so it was a little hard not to picture the Rosemary from the movie. Didn’t have that problem with the others as it’s been a year since I’ve seen it.

The movie was good, if somewhat trippy at times. The book was even better. Though the book is definitely dated, Ira Levin has a lovely writing style. I felt bad enough for Rosemary in the movie. I felt even worse for her in the book.

Very enjoyable though also deeply disturbing. I’m not sure if it’s because I knew what was going to happen (because the movie proved to be very faithful to the book), but the atmosphere was creepy and unsettling. I do think even if I had no idea what was going to happen next, I would still feel uneasy.

Definitely recommended. The ending worked better for the book, too. Will definitely check out more of the author’s works.

 

4stars

 

 

 

jncname

 

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