The Stepford Wives
ISBN: 0060738197
EAN13: 9780060738198
Language: English
Pages: 208
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 6.6" L x 4.1" W
Weight: 0.2 lbs.
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The internationally bestselling novel by the author of A Kiss Before Dying, The Boys from Brazil, and Rosemary's Baby

With an Introduction by Peter Straub

For Joanna, her husband, Walter, and their children, the move to beautiful Stepford seems almost too good to be true. It is. For behind the town's idyllic facade lies a terrible secret -- a secret so shattering that no one who encounters it will ever be the same.

At once a masterpiece of psychological suspense and a savage commentary on a media-driven society that values the pursuit of youth and beauty at all costs, The Stepford Wives is a novel so frightening in its final implications that the title itself has earned a place in the American lexicon.

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   Pleasantly simple and shocking
At first, I did not really care about the plot. I wondered why the main protagonist, Joanna, even thought about the neighbors. The women seemed so bland and unremarkable that I didn 't understand why the author bothered detailing them at all. But then I did. And wow. This book surprised me and made me wonder why I had been robbed all these years of its story. I must say that even though Ira Levin was a man, he had an amazing knack for focusing on women's personalities and concerns and the issues of oppression and conformity. Though the story is nothing like his other ROSEMARY 'S BABY, there is a plot twist that chilled me just like this famous story did. I love how Joanna suspects that something isn 't quite right and is willing to do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of it.
   A small novel with a big impact...
The Stepford Wives is a newer novel. Most people have seen the films either the old version or the more recent version, and some poor people even heard the Stepford Husbands, a movie that was a spin off of the older version. Even the term The Stepford Wife '' has entered our language. How many have read the book, however? At only 123 pages, it does not take that long to absorb. It is interesting to see the world unfolding from the point of view of the main character, Joanna Eberhart, and to watch it as a mirror image of our society. After a few chapters, you begin to wonder if the town is seeing the town as it is or as Joanna sees it. is her reality cracked or is she really in danger? This culture is sucking up in the new comers and changing them? Or is this the stable and stale dream, the ultimate goal of having a beautiful family, the ultimate happiness that all people desire? At least once, read it.
Joanna was so sure that he was the strong one. Know that this is only fiction and is creepy. Joanna was certain that Joanna would not become one of them.
   Total thriller
Fantastic to read and very quick for those of us who are short on time. I 'll tell you how I was here... after hearing the accolades for this book, I made the mistake of having watched the film version in 2004. Instead of watching a thriller rife with satirical insight into a time in America, all I saw was a beautiful parade of mindless women. I know that the book and American film had to be much more than the remake from 2004, so I decided to read the book. Beautiful, and exactly what I hoped it would be. I loved reading very much and the suspense was perfect. I hope to now see the original movie, and I can't wait to read more by Ira Levin!
   Women, Not Robots...Hopefully.
This book, probably more terrible to women than men, really makes you think. It would be great if women always did what we wanted, but a woman imperfect is better than a robot, unless you're a hopelessly evil man.
   Excellent, horrifying
Do not read the introduction until after you finish the book.
   Slow start
I wish I could award this 3.5 '' stars. It's too theatrical for me, but it turned out to be a great horror story, but the feminist aspects made it overly feminazi. The worst nightmare for a woman is cooking, cleaning, taking care of children and appearances, is how I would summarize the book, which is exceedingly scarier than the film. I 'll admit it. I was scared at the end, but pales in comparison to the image of Oscar Wilde, by Dorian, if their motives were different: they would not cook clean and take care of their appearance, the book would be more realistic and even scarier.
   A One-Concept Story
I had not seen any film version by the time I read this book, although I had heard the concept of the perfect, sanitized housewife who does nothing but pleases everyone in the household but herself. A concept that is fictionalized but doesn 't go very far. I think that the cultural impact has far outlasted its plot. The ending leaves threads dangling, how did it happen? I suspect that the author couldn 't figure out how to put the conspiracy convincingly, preferring to explain the proposition instead.
   Who Defines Cultural Ideals of 'Perfection'?
Incredibly good exploration of the human psyche's desire to other' our fellow humans by feeding ourselves with arbitrary, changing lines according to our own fleeting ego desires. Like Stephen King, Levin as a horror writer embodies the best of the plot and exploring culture more than beautiful use of language or expert character development. His talents of developing this early town vision now shine with as much relevance as it did back in the dystopian seventies. The entertainment industry, via Disney and computer technology, is actively creating our new frontiers with rich forms of social engineering of reality, as we narrate our lives in the 21st century.
   Don't let the awful movie make you pass on this book.
I am not a femi-nazi and I don 't even consider myself a feminist in this day and age, but I still cringed at this story. If I were one of these women who enjoy cooking or if I knew how to iron or make dresses... Housework is something that takes me away from books and must therefore be avoided. Joanna is a feminist who enjoys photography and does housework as a chore because she can 't live in filth with her husband and children. When she moves to Stepford, she notices how every woman around her is the perfect Hausfrau. The movie was a travesty, so don 't let it put you off the book. The story is so very scary that Ira Levin was impressed with how Ira Levin could conjure such a nightmare with only a few chapters. It is a short read and it's fantastic.