- By Ira Levin

The Stepford Wives

  • Title: The Stepford Wives
  • Author: Ira Levin
  • ISBN: 9780394481999
  • Page: 103
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Stepford Wives The internationally bestselling novel by the author of A Kiss Before Dying The Boys from Brazil Rosemary s Baby with an Introduction by Peter Straub For Joanna her husband Walter their children th

    The internationally bestselling novel by the author of A Kiss Before Dying, The Boys from Brazil Rosemary s Baby with an Introduction by Peter Straub For Joanna, her husband, Walter 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 The internationally bestselling novel by the author of A Kiss Before Dying, The Boys from Brazil Rosemary s Baby with an Introduction by Peter Straub For Joanna, her husband, Walter 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 a savage commentary on a media driven society that values the pursuit of youth 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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    1. “That’s what she was, Joanna felt suddenly. That’s what they all were, all the Stepford wives: actresses in commercials, pleased with detergents and floor wax, with cleansers, shampoos, and deodorants. Pretty actresses, big in the bosom but small in the talent, playing housewives unconvincingly, too nicey-nice to be real.” Katharine Ross stars in the 1975 movie versionJoanna Eberhart is an accomplished photographer. A woman comfortable with herself, in love with her husband, and raising [...]

    2. The Stepford Wives, a story of women who have no means of self-expression, might have been the story of real women in Jordan, Syria or Yemen. Women who are utterly controlled by their husbands but look quite normal, fashionable even as they no longer (have to) wear hijab. But it's the story instead of American women whose husbands would like to control them in the same way and, like Arab men, have no controls on themselves whatsoever. Unable to fulfil this desire in the usual ways of living, the [...]

    3. Ira Levin’s 1972 novel The Stepford Wives is a darkly comedic and satirical modern horror story with cautionary but subtle overtones.Originally and commonly misunderstood to remark upon the growing feminist movement in the late sixties it is instead a scathing indictment on conservative attacks on women’s liberation. Levin describes a family that has recently moved into the quiet suburban township of Stepford, where a caste of upwardly mobile male professionals have barricaded themselves int [...]

    4. When Johanna, Walter, and their children move to Stepford, everything seems perfect. A little too perfect, in fact. Why do all the Stepford wives live to do housework and please their husbands? Is their a conspiracy afoot or are Johanna and her friend Bobbie imagining things?The Stepford Wives is a paranoid thriller by Ira Levin. There is also quite a bit of social satire as well. What would a community be like if all the women behaved like the stereotypical 1950's style housewife? It's a pretty [...]

    5. I can handle watching or reading just about any level of horror so what was it about this tiny little novella that I read in an hour that truly chilled me? First, I have never seen the movies so I had no real preconceived notions other than having seen the commercials. Something about being a girl, who was raised in a society where everything tells you that you have to be beautiful, you have to be talented, and above all you have to be perfect or you are nothing this book really taps into that m [...]

    6. I REALLY do like Ira Levin's style of writing!There's a frightening secret in the town of Stepford, and Joanna & Bobbie hope to get out of Dodge before it's too late, but the Men's Association is powerful and time is running outE STEPFORD WIVES is a creepy little satirical novella that proves (some) men are pretty shallow or really were afraid of the Women's Liberation Movement!Suspenseful and deadly read!

    7. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/“I want to wish you a sincere and hearty ‘Welcome to Stepford.’”A quaint little hamlet nestled somewhere in Connecticut, Stepford is a place where you can buy your dream home for a mere $52,500 (obviously this book is kinda an oldie but a goodie), your children will attend Grade-A schools and have plenty of friends to play with, and your husband can unwind after a rough day at the office at the local Men’s Club . . . . .And how will you occupy y [...]

    8. Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell says:

      Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestIs this a feminist book?I just read this book called YOU PLAY THE GIRL, a book of essays about pop culture written through a feminist lens, and one of the essays was about Stepford Wives - I seem to recall the author juxtaposed it against the Desperate Housewives and writing a good deal about what it means to be a "housewife," whether you're a good one or a dysfunctional one. I really liked what the author had to say, and it actually motivated me [...]

    9. When it all boils down you gonna find in the endA bitch is a bitch, but a dog is a man's best friendSo what you found you a hoe that you likeBut you can't make a hoe a housewifeClearly Dr. Dre has never been to Stepford. You can make ANYONE a housewife there. In October 2011, I read Rosemary's Baby, and it was amazing. I'm glad that I read it before this one, though, because I feel like if I had read Stepford on its own, I might not have gotten as much out of it as I did, even though that's stil [...]

    10. The Stepford Wives / 9780062037602"The Stepford Wives" is one of those rare horror novels that reads even more creepily when you already know the twist at the end. I read it when I was younger and merely liked it; now that I'm older and re-reading it, I find it absolutely terrifying. The most terrifying thing about the Stepford men isn't that they objectify their wives into sex-slaves and cleaning-bots; no, the most terrifying thing about the Stepford men is that they don't *seem* like the kind [...]

    11. Creepy, unsettling, horrific, made me want to sit and fume and hate men for a bit. This book is even scarier than the original movie, although the movie provides more background and explanation as to how the murderous bits would actually work.While some of the organizations and details in the story may be "dated," the core horror of this book is still -- and will always be -- with us: How well do you really know your significant other? If your husband could have the woman of his dreams, would he [...]

    12. As Peter Straub points out in the introduction to this book, a lot of people miss the point. It is not "the easy satire on the banality of suburban housewives that it is commonly taken to be - a misconception that has installed its title in our language as shorthand for those homemakers who affect an uncanny perfection." This resulted in the fact that, after Ann Romney's recent speech at the RNC, I was asked whether I thought she was "like a Stepford Wife." No, she's not. For one thing, her voca [...]

    13. The Stepford Wives is a 1972 novel by Ira Levin, according to what I've read it's a satirical thriller whatever that is. I know I'm going to have to go look that up, but in the meantime I'll say what little I have to say about the book. First, I didn't know it was a book. That rarely happens, usually I knew it as a book first then sometime later a movie comes out, which I never watch because the book was better. I just know it is, books are always better. But this one I saw as a movie way back i [...]

    14. It's so hard to rate this book. I've seen the 1975 film version. I knew what to expect from the plot, so it didn't have any real surprises for me. However, I do think the book is worth reading. It really needs to be read as a historical novel set in 1972, as I don't think it's as pertinent to how society is today - at least in the U.S. . I think it played on the concerns of women at that time, as their role in the family was starting to change.I think the book is alot more ambiguous than the fil [...]

    15. It first hit me on page 81, I was bored. So very, very bored. My main problem and probably the reason I'm so disappointed can be summed up this way, on the back of the book there is this a praise by Stephen King:"Every novel [Ira Levin] has ever written has been a marvel of plotting. He is the Swiss watchmaker of the suspense novel." - Stephen King I absolutely agree that Ira Levin is an amazing writer and to have come up with and popularized this story I give him full credit and praise. However [...]

    16. "Satire" may be one of those words everyone has their own definition of. In terms of film, by two favorite satires are Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb and Network. In addition to being hysterically funny, I liked how credible they were, using a Life Magazine approach to document the world as it was at that time and then pushing it one step further. Ira Levin's The Stepford Wives is neither hysterically funny or plausible. Billed as a "satirical thriller", it [...]

    17. This is a fascinating book which I have had for a while now (along with a number of other Ira Levin titles) which I have been meaning to read.I think along with such titles as The Day of the Triffids, The shining, (the list can go on and on) Stepford Wives is one of those books that is instantly recognised but is not so easily recounted. I have know of the film from my early days of following science fiction (it was often listed along side Westworld as classic in robots are replacing us lists) b [...]

    18. I wasn't sure what to expect from this. It's my first Ira Levin book. I was definitely not disappointed. The beginning was quite slow. It was basically just introducing characters and setting the scene of Stepford. But once Joanna started noticing things with the women of Stepford, I couldn't put it down. I read it in about 1-2 hours.I love how it's not a typical horror that we'd see now. Everything is just very ominous, building up the suspense and nothing is very clear. I found the changes in [...]

    19. A very complex book: a commentary on the way we look at women and the role women have been assigned for centuries. The horrific aspect of the novel is that (in the end) the real question is: who really has lost their humanity?

    20. What’s scarier than zombies, alien beings that Will Smith fought in films from the '90s, and Nicki Minaj’s “music”? A suburban community that is being run by a group of straight (White) men. The Stepford Wives is the crème-de-la-crème of speculative fiction and horror. It's an extremely tense and quick read that Ira Levin wrote as a direct commentary on the burgeoning “second wave” feminism movement of the 1970s. Levin’s tale is a revenge fantasy of sorts, a somewhat satirical pr [...]

    21. I read this as a teenager when it was groundbreaking, coining the term "Stepford Wife" to describe the perfect wife. It was provocative at the time and interesting in concept. I recommend reading it just to understand the pop culture term alone, even if it is a bit dated.

    22. Everyone knows the story of The Stepford Wives. So very iconic and culturally ingrained! So very feminist. If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought the author was female. Ira Levin was definitely not afraid to show his support for the women’s liberation movement! Ira Levin’s books are so suspenseful and well-written, I think everyone should read them. I’ve been wanting to read this for ages and now I finally have. It’s very fast-paced and short and you really fly through it. I [...]

    23. Oh My Gosh! What a brilliant, brilliant book! I think this is what happened to so many of my lively, entertaining and interesting friends after marriage. They've become slaves to their homes and their families, and somehow they are even worse off than the women in this book, because they also go to work. One of them irons her husband's underwear! Another gets up and cooks even when she is sick. Their husbands don't do a scrap of work at home, even though they both work full time. They need permi [...]

    24. I thought this story was good, but strangely enough the movie with Nicole Kidman was far better. For once the movie fleshed out the story more than the original book, plus the movie had a much better, more satisfactory ending (although maybe not as disturbing).23/1/2016 - Just watched the Nicole Kidman movie for the first time since reading the book and I definitely like the movie's ending better than the book's.

    25. I recently read The Shining which was one of the most chilling horrors I read as it introduced horror step by step, and by letting one know that ordinary things wait for youAnd barely a couple of weeks later, I started this book, which I thought to be a quick contemporary read describing the lives of the village housewives. I was wrong. It was a quick read agreed, but not at all placid, which was what I was aiming for. My bad, since I started this without reading the reviews/blurb as the title a [...]

    26. This is a book I can't necessarily figure out of it should be considered feminist fiction or not. Personally I thought it was a disturbing novel based on the fact that men were frightened by the women's liberation movement and, to get what they fully wanted, killed off their wives and replaced them with the conventional, conformist, big-breasted, skinny-hipped robot.Some people say Levin was mocking the feminist movement, but after reading this book twice and looking back on "Rosemary's Baby", I [...]

    27. Un libro con una narrativa ligera y capítulos cortos que hacen que se vaya rápido. Ira levin trata de darle un giro a la temática que maneja en sus otros libros pero no me término de convencer.1. Puntos buenos: Los personajes son bien sustentados y argumentados , la crítica que hace ante el machismo y feminismo se ve claramente mientras avanzas las hojas. La personalidad de la protagonista jamás decae. 2. Lo malo: La historia es plana, no avanza, a veces es muy reiterativa. Llegando a la s [...]

    28. Oy. That was scary. Super scary. Ending wasn't very satisfying, though.Glad I read it, but probably won't reread. 3 stars.

    29. Unlike most of my reviews, this review contains hints towards the final revelation in The Stepford Wives. It's safe to read if you know what the story is about, or if you have ever seen one of the movie adaptations.A few years ago I wrote an essay about the movie of The Stepford Wives (2004) and how it fit in with the Pygmalion myth. To give a quick recap - Pygmalion is a character from Greek mythology who sculpted a woman and fell in love with the statue. Aphrodite, sucker as she is for a love [...]

    30. Давам три звезди преди всичко за оригиналната, зловеща идея, с елементи на социална сатира. Все пак книгата е писана преди повече от 40 години и тогава е звучала доста по-актуално, въпреки че защо и сега да няма своите основания. Със сигурност в известна степен се стимулира по [...]

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