Rosemary's Baby: A Novel (50th Anniversary Edition)

Rosemary's Baby: A Novel (50th Anniversary Edition)

by Ira Levin, David Morrell

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In this new Fiftieth Anniversary edition of the classic masterpiece of spellbinding suspense, 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 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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681774688
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 50,528
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Ira Levin is the author of The Boys from Brazil, Rosemary’s Baby, Son of Rosemary, The Stepford Wives, This Perfect Day, Sliver, and A Kiss Before Dying (for which he won the Edgar Award). Levin was also the recipient of three Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Awards. His website is
David Morrell is the author of First Blood, the award-winning novel in which Rambo was created. He holds a Ph.D. in American literature from Penn State and was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic spy trilogy that begins with The Brotherhood of the Rose. An Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity nominee, Morrell is the recipient of three Bram Stoker Awards and the prestigious ThrillerMaster Award from the International Thriller Writers organization. His latest novel is the highly praised Victorian mystery/thriller Inspector of the Dead.

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Rosemary's Baby 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 83 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Levin weaves a tale of mystery and suspense in this deeply disturbing novel that I highly reccomend. Levin's to-the-point and matter-of-fact way of writing creates a unique contrast to the deeply unsettling content of 'Rosemary's Baby.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was so good! it usally takes me forever to read a book but I read this one really fast i could Not put it down.Its not really scary it more suspensful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reads like some of the most eccentric entries from The New Yorker. Much like Talk of the Town, the story slowly unravels from the pictaresque beginnings of a couple apartment hunting in NYC, to Rosemary's feminine hysteria manifested throughout her pregnancy. Ira Levin just knows how to craft the proper thriller, ending every chapter with reader left with the want of knowing what will happen next. Classic gothic horror that doesn't rely on cheap tricks to further the plot or tension. The occult topics are never overkilled.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was anxious to read this book because of all the good reviews and the fact that I'm a horror genre junkie. This book wasn't quite what i was expecting. I found it very slow in the begining and it really didn't get interesting until the very last few chapters. Don't get me wrong, it was a great read but definately not that suspenseful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is suspenseful and good at points, but some of Rosemary's decisions are naive and not very believable especially as they occur in the dog eat dog world of new york city, which mars the overall force of the book. As if someone is going to wear a horrible smelling 'lucky charm' as a necklace, and drink some mystery herbal shake for months from some odd neighbors that live up stairs. Stuff like that. Actually the baby is more believable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow. I just read this book recently, and it scared me just as much as William Blatty's 'The Exorcist'. Some might find the idea of Devil's Spawn or the Anti-christ unbelievable, but the writing is very realistic and convincing. This is a disturbing and suspenseful read. A must-read for all horror fans!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The A modern tale of deviltry in 1960s New York City, based on where evil is as close as your new neighbors is absolutely chilling. It estranged itself from the blood and gore of most ordinary horror stories and revolved around mounting tension, surrounding a blissful wife unsure about her pregnancy, and is face-to-face with good and evil at the stories shocking ending. A terrifying and gaudy book, a classic in the horror literature.
john257hopper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was for most of its duration an excellent, tense thriller, with a growing sense of creepy horror. I had never seen the famous film adaptation, so didn't know if the seemingly obvious solution would turn out to be true, or if Rosemary would be revealed to be insane. However, I found the last sixth to be rather less good and was unsure if this was supposed to be reality or a dream. The very ending was very abrupt.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having seen the film might taint my judgment and enjoyment of this novel, and certainly cut any factor of suspense. Despite that, I did enjoy the book, partly for it's look at my neighborhood, New York City's Upper West Side, in the mid 1960s. Although in 2010 it's much harder to see witches as evil satanists rather than good-hearted New Age Pagans than it would have been when it was published in 1967, the book doesn't feel dated. I think this is one of the cases where the film is better than the book, which is not to say the book is mediocre, just that the film is excellent and deftly captures the book so well, I was constantly reminded of the film while reading. The book conjures up its time and place very well, and Rosemary, the young wife and mother-to-be of an up and coming actor makes a very good Everywoman. The style and pacing is so smooth, it seemed a minute from opening the book I was looking up blinking, five hours had passed and the book was finished. A good read, even if not the kind I'd keep on my bookshelf or ever reread, or one that touched me emotionally or intellectually.
michaeldwebb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good read, even though I knew what would happen, having seen the film. Even without that, the story had an air if inevitability about it. It was also curious how the story was so similar to Stepford Wives - evil husband does something unthinkably bad to wife. Other people are in on it. Vague feelings of is she imagining a conspiracy theory. Curious. I guess there's a back story there.
silenceiseverything on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't find Rosemary's Baby scary or creepy at all. That's surprising to me considering that I find books about possession/the Devil scary as all get out. But I read Rosemary's Baby in a few hours at night and I'm fine. I don't even think it'll creep up on me before I go to bed. Normally, if a horror book is advertised with the words "Sheer Terror" on it yet fails to terrorize me even a little bit, it usually gets one star or if I'm feeling a bit generous, two stars. However, I gave Rosemary's Baby three stars. That's because I'm sure I would have found it a bit scary (but still not much) if I went into this book blind. I saw the film version of Rosemary's Baby years ago when I was a kid. I still remembered the gist of it while reading this book especially the ending. The book banks a lot on the confusion that the protagonist is feeling and the reader is supposed to feel that confusion yet sense of normalcy underlying it. You're supposed to be right there with Rosemary unraveling everything that's going on. If you already know what's happening, then there isn't much of a thrill going on while you're reading it. If I had never seen the film version of Rosemary's Baby, I'm sure I would've been completely and totally lost with Rosemary while reading this book. That's really the way I would've preferred it. I also gave Rosemary's Baby three stars because it was an extremely quick read. I couldn't have stopped reading even if I wanted to. Also, I found that while I didn't form any deep connection to the characters, I loathed Rosemary's husband with every fiber of my being. Everytime I read one word about him, I had this undeniable urge to shoot the book across the room. I HATED him. So, I did have some passionate feelings toward the book (whether or not they're favorable doesn't really matter) and that's way better than feeling "meh" about it. If you've never seen the film Rosemary's Baby and virtually know nothing about it except the fact that Roman Polanski directed it and Mia Farrow starred in it, then by all means pick up the book. If you're a huge fan of the film, again, go ahead and immerse yourself in the story, especially since I've heard that the film remains pretty faithful to the book (I don't remember much about the film except the end and the overall plot of it). If you don't fall into either one of these categories, then I bid you to tread with caution. You might not get the same thrill that most people in the 60s did while reading the book because you already know what's coming.
derekstaff01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very chilling story. The very chilling plot and careful buildup is somewhat dampened by the flat prose.
shmuffin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The idea and story for this book are good but some parts were just...blah (I don't know another way to put it). It took me a long time to read because at times I didn't want to continue reading it.
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Diwanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book after watching the movie. Both were quite good, but had different feels to them. I think I enjoyed the book a bit more because of the detail in the characters, and the internal dialogue that is difficult to translate to the silver screen. I great psychological thriller more than a horror novel.
SlySionnach on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I admit: I saw the movie first. And I was pleasantly surprised to see how true to the book the movie was, looking back. Normally, one isn't so lucky.But this is a review about the book. Though sometimes it could read a little unemotional, in my opinion, the winning part of the book for me is the dialogue. There are just some times that I can see people I know speaking the way the Castevets or Guy Woodhouse speaks.In an almost hypocritical stance from before, I think Rosemary is a bit over the top at the end. It's justified (hey, if you found out what she did, you may go a bit crazy too), but sometimes a bit way over the top.And I was also pleasantly surprised to find that the line "It was kind of fun, in a necrophile sort of way," was from the book. It has to be the one that always gets me laughing as a defense mechanism to the disturbing qualities.All in all, I think the book was great. Seriously, a must read for horror lovers.
rcooper3589 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked this up because I love the movie and wanted to see how different the two were... unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, the two are exactly the same! I was sorta hoping for more insight into the characters- although in the book it seems like Guy knew from the start what was going on, where I never really felt that in the movie. It was a fast, simple read that was enjoyable.
izze.t on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved the movie. Loved the book. It's not a complex or intricate read. The horrors pile up slowly, almost without notice. The book feels like a subtle observation. Very similar to how the movie comes across to me. Very third person, but almost on accident.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the narrative. However the end was just flat out weird. I liked the characters and story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read...simple..not to complicated....well worth it...a classic and original horror story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty Good Read But Could've Been Longer...
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
A true horror classic. Read this when it first came out in the 1960's and it was just as frightening the second time around. Ira Levin spins a chilling tale that will keep your interest until the very last page. I read this in one afternoon. Just couldn't put it down. Suspense at it's best. It will leave you thinking - could this happen?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I watched the movie well before I read the book. To be honest, I never knew there was a book. They are very close in comparison. Both are excellent and scary!