The Exorcist

The Exorcist

Book - 2013
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Originally published in 1971, The Exorcist is now a major television series on FOX. It remains one of the most controversial novels ever written and went on to become a literary phenomenon: It spent fifty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, seventeen consecutively at number one. Inspired by a true story of a child's demonic possession in the 1940s, William Peter Blatty created an iconic novel that focuses on Regan, the eleven-year-old daughter of a movie actress residing in Washington, D.C. A small group of overwhelmed yet determined individuals must rescue Regan from her unspeakable fate, and the drama that ensues is gripping and unfailingly terrifying.

Two years after its publication, The Exorcist was, of course, turned into a wildly popular motion picture, garnering ten Academy Award nominations. On opening day of the film, lines of the novel's fans stretched around city blocks. In Chicago, frustrated moviegoers used a battering ram to gain entry through the double side doors of a theater. In Kansas City, police used tear gas to disperse an impatient crowd who tried to force their way into a cinema. The three major television networks carried footage of these events; CBS's Walter Cronkite devoted almost ten minutes to the story. The Exorcist was, and is, more than just a novel and a film: it is a true landmark.

Purposefully raw and profane, The Exorcist still has the extraordinary ability to disturb readers and cause them to forget that it is "just a story." Published here in this beautiful fortieth anniversary edition, it remains an unforgettable reading experience and will continue to shock and frighten a new generation of readers.

Publisher: New York : Harper, 2013, c1971
ISBN: 9780061007224
0061007226
Branch Call Number: BLA
Characteristics: 385 p. ;,18 cm

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taylorwoods
Feb 17, 2017

Well....I've officially lost sleep.
What I was delighted by in reading this novel was how much science and psychology was included in trying to diagnose Regan. Now it's been maybe five years since I've seen the film (which I will be watching as soon as I finish this review), but I don't remember that much detail on the science/psychology side; that may just be what separates the two entities. I practically devoured all the personality theories of Freud and Jung that came into play when Dr./Fr. Karras and the other psychiatrists were trying to figure out exactly what the hell was wrong with the poor child. I absolutely dug it as a psych major.

Overall, it was definitely one of the best horror novels I've read to date. A lot of people say that this is the scariest novel ever- but not for me. I was definitely creeped out at times. I listened to it on audiobook, which was narrated by William Peter Blatty himself, and he just portrayed everything so well. I truly felt like the demon was yelling and Regan's mother's desperation was wailing in my ears. The language was, while casual at times, very vivid but not overbearing and too descriptive.

ECiriello Jun 03, 2016

Not just a blood and guts (and vomit) horror story. It deserves to be revisited. Great book!

morrisonist Aug 22, 2015

Why is a young girl trying to seduce a grown man? This is like Lolita for horror fans!

Kittykatkins Oct 26, 2011

One of the best books I've ever read, "The Exorcist" is surprisingly spiritual as well as genuinely scary. Do yourself a favour and don't watch the movie untill after you've read the book!

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Miserswife
Jul 21, 2011

The detective character struck me as being the character Columbo. I tried to find a connection between the characters, but couldn't find anything indicated that either character was inspired by the other. Coincidentally the book was published the first year that the television show aired. I have to think there's a connection somewhere.
BTW, the book is even better than the movie.

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dumbghosts
Jan 19, 2011

It's surprising how engrossing this book is, despite the fact that the story has been discussed to no end.

hippyheart Jul 14, 2010

The scariest book I'd ever read (at the time it came out!). In my opinion it's equal to the film.

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