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229 pages, Paperback
First published January 1, 1967
I truly had no intention of reading this novel until I realized Ira Levin was the author. He sure could write creepy-scary too, and as with his other novels, he moves right along in the telling describing a 1966 New York City setting, young newlyweds Rosemary and Guy, and their new place of residence in the 'old' Bramford apartment building with a very dark history.
If you've only seen the scary as HELL movie, you'll find the book very similar, if not exactly the same, complete with weird 'old' nosy neighbors, smelly charms and potions, mysterious debilitating spells and suicides, and a very unpleasant and shocking encounter.
"This is no dream......This is real....This is happening."
Eerie and quietly suspenseful throughout, a must read classic for true horror enthusiasts, but definitely not for everyone.
4.75 This is no dream, she thought. This is real, this is happening. stars.
through the wall, Rosemary heard a party in progress at Minnie and Roman’s; the same flat unmusical singing she had heard the last time, almost like religious chanting, and the same flute or clarinet weaving in and around and underneath it.Just like everyone else, well maybe not everyone; Everyone except my friends that is, have watched the movie (confused?). So, naturally, I knew what was going to happen, and yet, I was really blown away. There was so much more detail that was lacking in the movie (although, they are very similar) I didn't realise there was a large backstory to Hutch (The guy who wants to meet her but goes into a coma.) He was like a dad to her. I usually prefer to read the novel and then watch the movie, or not watch the movie at all, and yet, I was still filled with anticipation while reading. I don't think there was a boring moment for me, even though she's just going about her mundane life.
They picnicked on the rug, on tuna sandwiches and beer, and made floor plans of all four rooms, Guy measuring and Rosemary drawing. On the rug again, they unplugged the lamp and stripped and made love in the nightglow of shadeless windows.And when Rosemary finally realises what they are doing, my heart started beating so fast, and I was scared for her. If I was her though, I would have just ran away, and not