Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary's Baby

Book - 2011
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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; despite Rosemary's reservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises that 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 Castavets' circle is not what it seems.
Publisher: London : Constable & Robinson, 2011.
Branch Call Number: HORROR
Characteristics: x, 229 p. ;,20 cm.

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A horror of the psychologically disturbing variety and a nightmare waiting to happen! We begin with a newly-wed couple moving in to a Gothic-revival style apartment in New York with a suitably creepy past, and ends in all sorts of horrors involving a satanic cult and, suffice it to say, may serve... Read More »

The besieged Rosemary is the subject of some next-level, old-school, Satanic gaslighting in this impeccable work of sulfurous horror by Ira Levin. This novel positions the pregnant female body as site of betrayal and corruption, a vessel for the spawn of Satan to gestate.

The besieged Rosemary is the subject of some next-level, old-school, Satanic gaslighting in this impeccable work of sulfurous horror by Ira Levin. This novel positions the pregnant female body as site of betrayal and corruption, a vessel for the spawn of Satan to gestate.


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DBRL_Katie Nov 23, 2020

Successful suspense--I knew the plot beforehand and still found this read riveting

ArapahoeTiegan Jan 27, 2020

A cautionary tale against being friendly with your neighbors. Tell me I'm wrong.. There are some horrific conversation pieces in this novel, though maybe not quite the conversations that would have come out when this book was first published. I can see why this is a classic of the horror genre, however, and am glad I have added it to my Read shelf.

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StrangelyExuberant
Nov 18, 2019

I thought I would enjoy this much more than I did.

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XueyingMou
Apr 10, 2018

It is really a sad ending for me, poor Rosemary, even her husband told lies to her. I'm disappointed and a little mad when I know the baby Satan/ Witch was born. Always be close to God, and make good life choices please.

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candlesticktroughs
Jan 10, 2018

this the book the famous movie made from. famous movie starred John cassavettes and mia farrow and ruth Gordon. filmed at the famous Dakota Apartments, where, later, famous John Lennon, formerly of the famous fab four, the Beatles, was assassinated.....-howya doin'? me? oh, famously, famously. of course, in the book, one doesn't have the gothic eeriness of the Dakota apartment building, which the Onos moved into in the early 70s, taking over actor Robert Ryan's apartment, and since, greatly expanding Ono's ownership within. Ane, in this book, one doesn't have the great Elisha Cook playing the landlord, who shows the young couple around the apartment they eventually decide to let. Nor does this book have the great Ruth Gordon playing a creepy cat lady (sans cats). I forbear from mentioning details of the plot. The film was a sensation when released. The book is quite impactful in its own way. It's ok to read the book after you've seen the film. It can be quite useful to do so.

beverlymarysmith Mar 14, 2015

One of my favs.

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dolorespena
Aug 20, 2014

While this was a good book, I have to agree with an earlier reviewer who said that the movie is better than the book.

It just seems that more was needed to make this book really stellar.

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SuperNan
Jan 18, 2013

Good read, dumb ending.

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nelll
Jun 21, 2012

was ok for that time when books about witchcraft were not put into real detail as they are today. but a good book for reading on the train or subway.

jessica_wirth Jun 15, 2011

Note to self: don't make any deals with the devil. Seriously though, this is a classic. One of those books that helped pave the way for this genre. I remember when I was young watching the movie and being disappointed that you didn't see more of the baby (guess I was some sort of warped, curious sort of child). The book definitely met all expectations!

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