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review 2018-09-13 19:50
Rosemary´s Baby
Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin

I have never watched the Mia Farrow movie adaption of this book, but I know that is a classic horror movie. Because of that I´m surprised that this book left me with lukewarm feelings.

 

My main issue with this book was that the strong and intense second part of the novel was bogged down by the lame first part of the book, which reads like an issue of “Schöner Wohnen” (a German home decorating magazine), and the insufferable and unsatisfying third part of the book.

 

Upon finishing the novel I felt the unbearable urge to kick Guy, the main characters husband, in a place where it really, really hurts. I can´t do that, unfortunately, but I can count this book for the Halloween bingo as my “Genre: Horror” read.

 

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text 2018-09-13 15:47
Reading progress update: I've read 84 out of 229 pages.
Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin

Guy is an asshole. Good to know.

 

If you want to know more about what the douche has done, feel free to take a look at the spoiler.

 

 

This is the morning after Rosemary has passed out for some reason.

 

"The dreams I had," she said, rubbing her forehead and closing her eyes. "President Kennedy, the Pope, Minnie and Roman ..." She opened her eyes and saw scratches on her left breast; two parallel hairlines of red running down into the nipple. Her thighs stung; she pushed the blanket from them and saw more scratches, seven or eight going this way and that.

"Don´t yell," Guy said. "I already filed them down." He showed short smooth fingernails.

Rosemary looked at him uncomprehendingly.

"I didn´t want to miss Baby Night," he said.

"You mean you - "

"And a couple of my nails were ragged."

"While I was - out?"

He nodded and grinned. "It was kind of fun," he said, "in a necrophile sort of way."

 

Charming ...

 

The chocolate mousse might be the reason that Guy raped his wife, but I think he came up with the necrophilia comment all by himself. I´m certainly not blaming the chocolate mousse for that one.

(spoiler show)

 

 

 

 

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text 2018-09-13 15:22
Reading progress update: I've read 75 out of 229 pages.
Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin

Guy put on Ella Fitzgerald singing Cole Porter.

 

At least Guy und Rosemary are listening to some pretty darn great music, while they are being harrassed by their awful neighbours.

 

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text 2018-09-12 21:21
Reading progress update: I've read 31 out of 229 pages.
Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin

„And the neighbours certainly don‘t seem abnormal,“ she said. „Except normal abnormal like homosexuals; [...]“

 

I have to remind myself that this book is from 1967. In the context of the period this book has been wriiten in this might have been an ordinary statement. This doesn‘t mean I have to like such statement, though.

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review 2018-09-09 18:29
The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
The Stepford Wives - Ira Levin

I’ve always had a soft spot for Ira Levin and saw this book on a list when I was looking for something to fill the terror in a small town square. I haven’t seen the film and came to it as unspoilt as is possible with such an iconic story.

 

The story follows Joanna, who’s just moved to Stepford with her husband, Walter, and two children. When she moves in she wants to make some friends in the community, but soon becomes aware that the women of Stepford aren’t interested in much other than housework.

 

A central focus is the men’s association which is a group for the men of Stepford to preside over community matters, although this is never clearly defined. Immediately Joanne is unhappy with this, being a big supporter of the women’s liberation movement. She tries, without much success, to start a women’s group in the community, but eventually finds out that something similar was in effect several years ago. She then begins to wonder why the women of Stepford have changed so dramatically, going from women who had their own group and were interested in feminism, to women who are apparently only interested in housework. She beings to uncover the secrets of Stepford slowly, with the help of her friend, Bobbie.

 

For such a short book it has a big impact and raises a lot of question, many that are still relevant now, like whether men actually appreciate women for themselves, or just what they represent in a home. Aside from the themes, I always enjoy the sparse writing style of Ira Levin as it makes space for more character-building. His books never meander, sticking very much to the point. Nothing he gives the reader is filler and always has a point.

 

There were quite a few questions left unanswered and as I’m not a proponent of ambiguous endings, that wasn’t my favourite aspect, but the power of the story made up for it in spades.

 

                      

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