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The Exorcist [Mass Market Paperback]

William Peter Blatty
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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (1974)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0016BRGZY
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,549,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PENCHANT FOR EVIL WITHIN ALL OF US 10 July 1999
By A Customer
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THE EXORCIST, is more than just a "good, scary read." The superficial reader will only react to the physical effects of Reagan's possession. The reader who is more aware of his/her spiritual side will realize just how terrifying this story is. I have read THE EXORCIST several times, and I find myself discovering deeper levels of the theme in each reading. The most obvious level, of course, is the basic plot for which Reagan becomes possessed by an ancient demon, who will eventually physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually torture everyone involved in the quest to rescue her. A more deeper theme to the story is Father Karras' struggle with faith. As a reader, I clearly see Karras slipping away from the grace which is faith, yet what is even more terrifying is that I can understand and relate to the same distancing of my belief in something greater than myself. William Peter Blattey ingeniously uses a terrifying backdrop such as the demonic possession of an innocent young girl to convey the importance of keeping one's faith in God and the goodness for which God stands for. Simply put, Blattey, through his raw and terrifying portrayal of Reagan's possession and consequent exorcism, forces us to choose between carnality and spirituality, disbelief and belief, good and evil--for most of us, the choice is evident. Perhaps the most profound theme in THE EXORCIST is the evidence of evil in the world even without demonic possession. At one point in the novel, Pazzuzu talks to Karras about how easy it is for evil to thrive in the world. Read more ›
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scared to Death Again!! 6 Sep 2006
By M. Hill
If you want a book, that will scare the living daylights out of you, read this should come with a health warning!

I read this book (against my mothers wishes) when I was a teenager. Now, after re reading it, It still scares me!!!

Based on, some would say, a true story/event.....It portrays a demonic possession of Regan, from the beginning, to the end of the possession. It is one of those books, that make the hairs on your neck stand to attention! Buy it now, read it, and then I dare you to get a good nights sleep.....! Best Horror book ever!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written, hauntingly eerie novel 5 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Although I think that the film The Exorcist is brilliant, the book supersedes it in many ways. Firstly, the plot is longer and goes into far more character depth than the film The language style is almost poetic at times and the tone aptly suits a story of such delicate nature. Yet the book is not crude or vulgar beyond reasonable taste, Blatty choosing his words carefully. Very few books keep me interested till the end but I must have something of a bloodlust since the last interesting book I read was Brett Easton Ellis's American Psycho. Nevertheless, The Exorcist is, in my opinion, far better and far more interesting and I recommend anyone who is interested in thrillers as well as the subject of the Occult to read this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Most people will know the story of The Exorcist from the much pulicised film of the early 1970's. Some consider it the most disturbing film ever whilst others seem to find it almost comedic in it's special effects and portrayal of demonic possession.

I would suggest that those who failed to be moved by the film will feel completely different if they read the book.

Somehow the innocence of the child and the pure evil and malevolance of the demon are so much more affecting in written rather than spoken word. At times it is difficult to make yourself turn another page for fear of what the next passage will bring and sleep doesn't always come easy afterwards.

For those with an interest in horror novels i cannot recommend this too highly. I would express a note of caution to some as it is genuinely frightening, but if that is what you look for in a horror story then this will not disappoint.

Just one gripe - there were an awful lot of spelling mistakes in the book; i don't know why that should be but it was not sufficient to down-mark the book in any way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply unsettling 2 Aug 2008
This is one of the best horror books I have ever read and I think deserves to be called a classic. I'm not an expert on literary form but found it well enough written, even quite poetic in places.

I liked the slow build and then the full on horror. But as is pointed out in other reviews there is plenty more in this than just horror.

None of the reviews that I can see mention the detective, Kinderman. I really liked him. He reminded me of the TV detective, Columbo, in the way he keeps coming back with a vague, sometimes witty question.
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William Peter Blatty's seminal novel of demonic possession took the nation and much of the world by storm when it was published in 1971, and the movie adaptation of The Exorcist ranks as one of the most famous horror movies of all time. Many, many readers over the years have described it as a quite unsettling if not frightening read; I envy these people because I didn't find the book at all shocking or scary. I was actually more affected by the inner turmoil of Father Karras than anything else. His doubts over his own faith, the horrible guilt he feels for having left his aged mother alone when he became a Jesuit priest, and some of his scattered sad childhood memories make of him a philosophical, sentimental character who serves as the main liaison between the reader and the events of the novel. What we see through Father Karras' eyes is a complex, troubling vision of life and death, a conduit of our own philosophical and religious struggles.
The plot of the The Exorcist is well-known to just about everyone. Chris MacNeil and her daughter are living in Georgetown while Chris is filming a new movie. The energetic and happy child, Regan, suddenly begins to change. Strange things begin to happen in the house – rustling noises are heard at night, objects seem to disappear and reappear in strange places, and Regan begins to complain about her bed shaking at night. When Regan's state of mind begins to deteriorate, Chris seeks medical help for her daughter, but the doctors, after a series of complete, agonizing tests, can find no evidence to support their theories of a condition brought about by a lesion in the temporal lobe of the brain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars comemnt
Loved it but I couldn't sleep for many nights afterwards...I did not know the word exorcist before . Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mariya Smilyanova
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books ever written.
This book is amazing.

It's not just a horror story. It's more than that.

I don't have children but this book made me feel exactly what it would be like to... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bari Glew
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for this genre.
This book is way above average for this particular genre.
The plot is tight and just dramatic enough to be interesting,without the over the top antics that often plague these... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Celtic 1
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary
One Of The Best Horror Books Ever Written, Alot Better Than The Movie, So Scary I Couldnt Sleep A Wink A Must Own For Horror Fans
Published 22 months ago by Matty
4.0 out of 5 stars good story
i love this story and the book is better than the film it arrived next day and eventhough it is second hand it was in good condition.
Published on 7 Nov 2011 by leecii
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
Well as it is Halloween what better spooky book to read than the exorcist (I have the other 2 to read next). I loved the movie but have never read the book. Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2011 by Lainy
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly gripping read!
This book is a lot better than the film, (and as this film is EPIC the book is even better!) I would reccomend watching the movie FIRST rather than second (so you can be haunted by... Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2011 by bernfoz12
4.0 out of 5 stars Exorcist book excels!
For anyone who love the film of the same name you will also love the book. Blatty is a superb author and the book is a must for all movie fans of the genre.
Published on 18 Jan 2011 by Peter A Tutte
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly unsettling... but the premise is weak
This was a good horror novel, I suppose. It built methodically to a very tense crescendo: the gruesome exorcism at the very end really will have you turning the pages faster and... Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2010 by Rusty
5.0 out of 5 stars The Exorcist
This book is truly awesome. Just as good as the film, not for the faint hearted. Very powerful.
Published on 2 May 2010 by Mr. D. Hayes
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