Okay, i’ve read a couple of Ira Levin’s works, enough for me to say that he’s really an entertaining author for his brilliant plot twists that I planned to read all from him. This novel from the author of the frightening Rosemary’s Baby (you might also be familiar with the classic movie adaptation) is about Joana Eberhart together with her husband and their two children who moves to a beautiful Stepford that seems almost too good to be true. As Joana adjusts her life with the new surrounding, she notices something should be normal but it’s not. Wives of the Stepford’s community are so much of a house-proud, they are too busy for anything but clean and to serve their family like robots. And with that starts Joana to investigate together with some new found friends who shares her satire for their workaholic neighbors. Inquiry that’ll lead her to a startling discovery.
The latest movie adaptation of this novel (since this is adapted to screen twice) obviously suggest that it has something to do with machines but I wouldn’t consider this one as a science-fiction novel but it also makes you think that there’s a great possibility since the cause of the wives transformation is never revealed. Well, you can think of any possibilities. The novel is a short and is an easy read but it does affect me in someway. I pity Joana and I got angry with her hypocritical husband. Joana’s struggles were witness by her neighbors but don’t mind it for the sake of their plan whatever it is. When we want something, lying is nothing. If you’ve watched the film adaptations, it is a must to read the original material for I guess it has a stronger sense of realism. I highly recommend this novel.