Thursday, 26 September 2013

The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin

"And she didn't dare hitchhike because any car could be Walter and she wouldn't know till too late."

It is difficult to approach a novel so enmeshed into pop culture that the title stands by itself as common parlance for robotic-like haus-fraus. In many respects that prior knowledge detracts from the more thriller like aspects of this book. The reader comes to it with a general understanding of what might be about to unfold. It would have been far more interesting to have come to this book when it was first released, before the original film version or the disastrous Nicole Kidman version.

Back to the book, however, and it is an enjoyable exercise in heightening fear. It highlights the difference between the sexes and what they seek as outcomes from marriage, particularly with a traditional male view. Watch out ladies if you think for yourself or you might be replaced by a more compliant version.  It does so in a rather entertaining fashion and given the brevity of the novel it makes for a quick, easy and fun read.

 4 out of 5 mannequins that talk.

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