The Stepford Wives Paperback
by Ira Levin
The women of Stepford are not all that they seem...All the beautiful people live in idyllic Stepford, Connecticut, an affluent, suburban Eden populated with successful, satisfied hubbies and beautiful, dutiful wives.
For Joanna Eberhart, newly arrived with her husband and two children, it all seems too good to be true - from the sweet Welcome Wagon lady to all those cheerful, friendly faces in the supermarket checkout lines.
But just beneath the town's flawless surface, something is sordid and wrong - something abominable with roots in the local Men's Association. And it may already be too late for Joanna to save herself from being devoured by Stepford's hideous perfection.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 160 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 21/07/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781849015899
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Review by elliepotten
Review by foolplustime
First thing: Chuck Palahniuk needs to read books before he gives out about them - there are many complaints to be made about the Shopaholic books, that they are about a woman trying to get a man is not one of them. Second thing, this was really good and I'm mainly annoyed that was too familiar with the book before reading to have enjoyed it properly. I may revise the score upwards on a re-read some time in the future.I'll certainly be looking out other Ira Levin books.
Review by shanaqui
The Stepford Wives left me with a nasty squirmy feeling inside. It's a famous story, so of course I knew the basics already, but somehow the matter-of-fact delivery just really unsettled me. Maybe what unsettled me most was following a couple of links and finding out that people take it quite literally, or the explanation of the male protagonist masturbating to the idea of killing his wife and replacing her with a robot. Ughh. Really the creepiest thing is that this feminist, decent-seeming guy... even he gives in to this idea.The first thing to bother me, though, was Chuck Palahniuk's introduction. Here's a bit from it:<blockquote>"This is seems is progress: women may now choose to be pretty, stylishly dressed, and vapid. This is no longer the shrill, politically charged climate of 1972; if it's a choice freely made, then it's... okay."</blockquote>Which, yes, Mr Palahniuk, it is. If it's really a freely made choice, then I will support any woman's decisions about her own body, her own life. It's none of my business. Funnily enough, it seems like you still think women's bodies are your business, that women's careers must meet your standards.Now, if you look at it from the angle that it's incredibly difficult to make a free choice in this society, then I'd agree. It's entirely true that there are still men like Ira Levin's Dale Coba, still men who want women to be nothing more than dolls, and men who will force women to be nothing more than dolls. It's true that just earlier this week someone was berating me in one of the Coursera forums and saying that women just can't think scientifically, etc, and that the West is "feminised" and... There's all kinds of stupid ideas still out there. That's all true.But even the pretty, stylishly dressed and vapid among us have inner lives, unlike Ira Levin's Stepford women.
Review by Nataliec7
I really enjoyed this book. I read it in 2 sittings in one afternoon. Its nice and short so only took me just over 2 hours. The introduction by Chuck Palahniuk is good, gives a lot of information and actually told me pretty much what was gonna happen in the book.<br/>I like the way its written, the way the characters change, the setting, the plot and the ending. A good first read of Ira Levin for me.