Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby  #booksweRreading

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A masterpiece of spellbinding suspense, where evil wears the most innocent face of all…

Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor husband Guy move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and mostly elderly residents. Neighbors Roman and Minnie Castavet soon come nosing around to welcome the Woodhouses to the building, and despite Rosemary’s reservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises that she keeps hearing, her husband takes a special shine to 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 Castavets’ circle is not what it seems… (from the Publisher)

Why are we reading Rosemary’s Baby?

It never occurred to me to pick up Rosemary’s Baby and I always assumed the movie was the final word on a novel which wasn’t very successful.

You know what happens when you assume?

I picked up Rosemary’s Baby at Hub City Book Shop in Spartanburg, SC simply because it was recommended by a staff member in the shop. I’m so glad! This fiftieth anniversary edition has a fantastic foreword by David Morrell that illuminates the book’s importance at the time it was published, and now.

Critical Praise for Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby

“Suspense is beautifully intertwined with everyday incidents; the delicate line between belief and disbelief is faultlessly drawn.”
– The New York Times

“A succession of solid and quite legitimate surprises. The suspense is admirably sustained.”
– The New Yorker

“A darkly brilliant tale of modern devilry that induces the reader to believe the unbelievable. I believed it and was altogether enthralled.”
– Truman Capote

 

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