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  • Joanna Eberhart and family moved to Stepford, where she noticed that the married ladies here were beautiful and impossibly perfect at being wives and housekeepers

    • by Jacinth K Lee
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      The Stepford Wives (written by Ira Levin and published by Bloomsburry in 1998)

      As it is, the book is often better than the movie, even if the cast of stars feature award-winning actresses. Three movies of the same name have been adapted from the novel in 1972, 1975 and the latest in 2004, starring Nicole Kidman.

      Joanna Eberhart and family moved to Stepford, where she noticed that the married ladies here were beautiful and impossibly perfect at being wives and housekeepers. They had no time for outside activities,


      as they seemed to have only one interest - housework. The only organization in Stepford was an archaic organization for the men, who met almost every night. Joanna thought of starting a group for women; she however found difficulty in getting the women interested. She made one or two friends who were thankfully not the stereotype Stepford wives. However their characters seemed to undergo a change overnight, transforming them into docile and meek housewives. Joanna feared for her safety and tried to ...

      • move her family out of Stepford despite resistance from her husband.

        Though dated, Ira Levin’s books are usually enthralling. I picked up this book without even looking at the synopsis. This story must have been weaned from a chauvinistic mind that dreamed up a place where women are submissive and compliant, their reason for existence is to tend to the needs of their husbands and keep their houses sparkling clean. In short, be the ideal wife – beautiful, sexy and yet efficient housewife.

        However it is a bit disappointing; the ending was an anticlimax. Though I expected the protagonist to end up as one of the perfect wives, I am still left wondering whether these Stepford wives are real or automatons. Being such a short story, there was a feeling of everything being crammed within the stipulated number of pages. The idea is good though - original. Anyway, Ira Levin had very unusual and quaint ideas, making his stories refreshing and entertaining.




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