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Ira Levin (1929–2007)

Autor(a) de Rosemary's Baby

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About the Author

Ira levin was born on August 27, 1929 in the Bronx, New York. He is best remembered for his novels which were made into feature films, Rosemary's Baby (1968, with Mia Farrow), The Boys from Brazil (1978) and The Stepford Wives (1975 and 2004). Levin's best-known play is Deathtrap, which holds the mostrar mais record as the longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway. (It was also made into a feature film in 1982, starring Christpher Reeve.) His first novel, A Kiss Before Dying, earned him the 1954 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Ira Levin died in Manhattan from a heart attack on November 12, 2007. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras por Ira Levin

Rosemary's Baby (1967) 4,543 exemplares
The Stepford Wives (1972) 3,029 exemplares
The Boys from Brazil (1976) 2,046 exemplares
This Perfect Day (1970) 1,287 exemplares
A Kiss before Dying (1953) 1,274 exemplares
Sliver (1990) 730 exemplares
Son of Rosemary (1997) 619 exemplares
Deathtrap: A Thriller in Two Acts (1979) 262 exemplares
Veronica's Room (1974) 86 exemplares
Critic's Choice (1656) 36 exemplares
The Boys from Brazil [abridged] (1979) 36 exemplares
Three by Ira Levin (1985) 30 exemplares
No Time for Sergeants (1955) 28 exemplares
A Kiss before Dying [1956 film] (1956) — Novel — 13 exemplares
A Kiss Before Dying [1991 film] (1991) — Autor — 10 exemplares
Interlock (2019) 9 exemplares
The Stepford wives 4 exemplares
General Seeger (1962) 3 exemplares
Cantorial (1990) 2 exemplares
Rozmarijas bērns (2010) 1 exemplar
The Exorcist | Rosemary's Baby (2002) — Autor — 1 exemplar
Dr. Cook's Garden [1971 TV Movie] (1971) — Writer — 1 exemplar
Mulheres Perfeitas (2004) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Mousetrap and Other Plays (1978) — Introdução, algumas edições1,134 exemplares
The Stepford Wives [2004 film] (2004) — Autor — 170 exemplares
Deathtrap [1982 film] (1982) — Story — 88 exemplares
A Treasury of Modern Mysteries, Volume 2 (1973) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
The Stepford Wives [1975 film] (1975) — Story — 62 exemplares
The Boys from Brazil [1978 film] (1978) — Original book — 51 exemplares
Best American Plays: Fourth Series, 1951-1957 (1958) — Contribuidor — 42 exemplares
The Vintage Book of Classic Crime (1993) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
Bunny Lake is Missing [1965 film] (1965) — Writer — 31 exemplares

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futuristic drugged society em Name that Book (Abril 2012)
Ira Levin, 1929-2007 em Authors In Memoriam (Novembro 2007)

Críticas

First thing you need to know about this book is that it is slow burning horror. We follow young couple, Rosemary and Guy, as they move into flat in the building full of mystery and given a wide berth by majority of New Yorkers. They meet loving old couple next door and very soon mysterious events start to take place.

Some people would say that Rosemary is a dull character. I would not say dull, I would say she is average person from that time and age. She married a man she loves and she wants to have kids (I do understand this might be a little bit weird for this age) - she gave up her career and decided to invest herself into being a mother but she is not dimwit in any way. For this time and age where people are rarely talking to each other and mostly do not know their neighbors (especially in city areas) story presents quite a different society. Story takes place when neighbor was seen as a friend and a helper. Especially older people - even if sometimes they can be seen as tedious etiquette said that one should always be polite and considerate with them.

So when this loving older couple starts to become more and more nosy and partaking in Rosemary's life she has no other way out than to "weather it out" so to speak. Unfortunately this will lead to rather unwanted events. Rosemary shows to be very capable to connect the dots and contact people she trusts to help her - but when walls of isolation keep closing in her desperation and feeling of utter betrayal start to take the best of her.

I like the way story brews from Rosemary meeting the neighbors, strange behavior of her husband to her pregnancy followed by some very weird events and accidents happening to people Rosemary used to know. Author constantly balances on that thread that separates normal from crazy - but if all around are crazy is the observer perhaps the only sane one? The calm tone of the novel, presenting events as if they were the most normal - this is the true horror.

Ending was little bit unexpected for me but I assume that crazed up Rosemary had no other option but to embrace her maternal feelings (no matter how weird this might be).

Recommended to fans of horror stories.
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I have to admit that Ira Levin was quite a discovery for me. It seems he is a prolific writer very like Philip K Dick but without that LSD-ish touch od PKD's novels.

Story starts with comments from very active and emancipated woman Joanne on her new neighborhood - together with husband and kids she arrives into suburban Stepford and starts looking around the neighborhood. First thing she notices is that women of Stepford dont have any social gatherings and generally have their lives centered around their husbands and house works - willingly and entirely! Everything looks like a throwback to some earlier times and Joanne is puzzled because it looks like gender equality and women rights movements somehow never gained traction in Stepford.

What starts as a rather simple detective story quickly spirals into that most horrifying of horror stories - one of complete lost of identity, oneself in its entirety without any way to prevent it. The very way story culminates ... it is superb storytelling. Reader is left in the dark about what exactly goes on and is left guessing. And this is additional strength of the novel, something needs to be left to imagination, right? And nothing creates dark assumptions as wandering mind.

Highly recommended to all fans of good thriller.
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I read this book in a single day.

There are novels that are tightly linked to the time when they were published. So when read in modern times and outside the targeted-era they seem out-of-place, maybe even demode.

And then there are books that are timeless. And this book is timeless.

Sure you may say that here main antagonists are [again] Nazi's, timeless evildoers that are ready to kill anyone and everyone in order to achieve their goal. What is it that makes this book different from Ludlum's works i.e.

I will say subject and characters.

Main subject is something that in the 1970's when novel was published might be in domain of the SF but today is in domain of very possible (if not already perfected) - cloning a person. But not just cloning a person to have the same genetic structure as a person donating the genetic materiel. Story goes one step more to show that in order to get a perfect (or near perfect) copy of somebody then new organism (I truly do not know how to call it - clone?) needs to be placed under the same stressors and external pressures because while genetic structure defines us great deal - our life experiences are what makes the true difference. And again it does not guarantee that end result will be 100% copy but chances grow.

When notorious dr Mengele pops up author gives us the person that most definitely had enough theoretical and [oh horrors] practical knowledge when it comes to genetics and gene manipulation.

So as you can see all the ingredients are in and story sounds very believable. Characters of Mengele and Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman are just gorgeous. One thinking about himself as a supreme being with holy task at hand and the other getting more and more ignored by others as years pass by [because world is tired of hunting the war criminals]. Even the para-military Jewish organization Ezra contacts for help seems so hungry-for-blood to Ezra that he decides to prevent them from exterminating all the Mengele's subjects. Because as Ezra says if we act as them [Nazis] then are we any better than them? Standard dilemma but coming from the concentration camp survivor after a discussion with heated youth seeking revenge and only revenge .... it has a different feeling.

And ending. It leaves you wandering. Indeed.

Excellent book, highly recommended to all lovers of good thriller.
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Sequel to Rosemary's Baby is a completely different type of book and I assume this was (is?) the reason why many people are not liking it. Unlike first book that concentrated on the small number of people and spooky location this book is concentrated on Rosemary, the mother and Andy, the son (half human and you know, half.... devil, not unlike Hellboy but with ability to better blend in). Again this is not slasher novel, there are weird accidents and deaths but what we do have is very slowly brewing story (that reads exquisitely fast) where we follow Rosemary constantly in fear and asking herself "What if?" while aware that she cannot trust anyone because if she tells them what she knows she would end up in mental hospital in express manner.

Rosemary knows what her son is but she is still his mother and she tries very hard to keep her faith in him. And Andy is like every superhuman out there, quite capable and aware of his powers and on the surface he seems to try to actually help but can he be trusted(and his feelings towards mother don't help with Andy being seen as ... a regular son I guess).

Ending is a true twist (in more ways than one) but I would not agree that it is bad. For me it is in spirit of first novel - Rosemary gets to live through Groundhog Day of her own. She is selected by someone (something?) to participate in the looong chess game and she might be unwilling pawn.

Recommended to horror fans.
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Obras
43
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20
Membros
14,132
Popularidade
#1,631
Avaliação
½ 3.7
Críticas
395
ISBN
485
Línguas
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