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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; 40th Anniversary Reissue edition (13 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552166774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552166775
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A tremendous novel...fast, powerful and completely gripping" (Sunday Express)

"Well researched, written in a literate style... grips with the force of evil incarnate, and there are not many readers who will be unmoved" (The New York Times Book Review)

"Wonderfully exciting" (Newsweek)

"Immensely satisfying... holds its audience in a vice-like grip" (LA Times)

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Published to mark its 40th anniversary, this revised and expanded edition of the classic horror novel is the version the author always wanted...

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I never thought the novel version of the historic horror movie could ever top it,i was wrong as though i have read a couple more books that i enjoyed a bit more no novel i have read can top this for tension,frights and sheer disturbing moments and even the toughest of people will be shocked at some of the things in this story.

The plot is very famous and is about a young girl named Regan who starts behaving strangely and there are strange noises in her room and the house where she and her mum Chris live.Soon after Regan soon starts complaining of someone hurting her and Chris starts to see a strange difference in Regan's personality as someone other than her seems to be speaking through her somehow and this personality often sounds threatening as if it will hurt Regan somehow from inside her.
After no one including doctors seem to help or stop this weird disorder Chris turns to the church as she reads in a book about possession where somebody gets taken over by a demonic presence and thinks the church could perform a exorcism on young Regan.
Called in to help is Father Karras who tries his best not to listen to any of the things the presence comes out with but its very hard as this thing seems to know all personal moments in peoples lives and after getting pushed to the limit Karras has to call in back up in the form of old timer Father Merrin and together they try and eject the evil presence from Regan.
The problem is as well the Devil which is so say the culprit there is Lt William Kinderman who is investigating a murder that took place outside the house and he is determined to get in the house and interview people and that includes young Regan.
Can they stop this terrible evil before Kinderman finds everything out.
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By Pyewacket TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Aug. 2014
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I saw the film when it first came out in the Cinema. I was with my half-sister and a friend. We must have smoked at least 40 cigarettes between us during the duration of the film. I also had nightmares for months afterwards.

The film is fairly faithful to the book and contains an extra chapter too.

If anything, the book is scarier than the film as the author has such a great way with words. I had another nightmare the night after I had finished it.

Seriously scary stuff!
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I first watched the movie about 25 years ago. To this day I have never seen anything more scary. I have always wanted to read the book. Since getting a Kindle Fire I have been doing alot more reading & came across The Exorcist. The book obviously goes into more detail. Since the movie scared me so much there were many parts where I wouldn't even look at the screen so after reading the book, watching the movie again would probable scare me even more. This was a fascinating read, but it's not the type of book you finish & don't think about it, as it played on my mind. This was probably more to do with the fact I knew what was coming. I only read this during the day, as I was too scared to read in bed, but yet I couldn't put it down. This is a classic which will thrill horror fans for generations to come.
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It was only recently that it occurred to me, over tea and chat, that I had never read this book before. This is mostly down to the excellent film adaptation which seems to overshadow the novel to such an extent that it had never occurred to me to seek out the book. My friend recommended it though and I’m so glad she did (she later admitted to reading it on a beach holiday so as not to be scared).
The story revolves around Chris MacNeil, a successful actress and her eleven year old child, Regan. Recently split from her husband, she fears that the effect of Regan being separated from her father is too much when she begins to notice out of character behaviour from her only child. The use of foul language, the inability to sleep and constant complaining of noises and moving furniture set off a series of events which lead Chris to first seek out help; first medical, then psychiatric. When this proves to be of no use Chris begins to suspect darker forces are at work. This leads her to Jesuit Priest, Father Damien Karras. What unfolds is a sinister and dangerous battle between good and evil, fighting for the life of young Regan.
I found from the moment I picked up the book I was hooked and couldn’t put it down. It was never far from my hand and having to go to work proved an inconvenience. The build up was slow but much needed as it outlined the creeping, insidious nature of being possessed by another being. I actually found the build up to be one of the best parts about the novel as the suspense was there right from the beginning. The small happenings which might seem unconnected when looked at separately gave off ominous vibes when placed together as a whole.
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By Mr. G. Morgan TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Aug. 2014
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I am not pretending that this is Great Literature but it is certainly a cultural benchmark. The film did for Horror what 'Jaws' did for Thrillers in the mid 1970's: provided the story for a new sort of mass, mass entertainment. In each case, no surprise about this, the book was more nuanced than the film. The tale is tautly plotted, well told and plain scary. It exploits the zeitgeist alright taking common ideas and running with them: the notion of being taken over, obsessed - and you can see this as metaphor, symbol or just the 'plain and simple truth'; of the exorcism of a young, just pubertal girl ; and it tells her story, in parallel with the crisis in the life of Father Dimi Karras, the Exorcist's assistant. He helps as Father Merrin, the Exorcist himself, is pulled inexorably from his search among ruins in Mesopotamia in an only seemingly tangential beginning, to wrestle with Satan over the soul of this innocent girl, daughter of a single parent, in prosperous Washington D.C.. All sorts of undercurrents run-in: the wavering Faith of Fr Dimi and The Dostoevsky-like 'tec who seems to suspect him; Merrin's understandable Doubt, the unhappiness of a family, the slightly dubious Germanness of the home-help; the troubles of early adolescence and the changeling-like aspect of one's children in rebellion (we have heard our children scream "I hate you"); all are roots of the tale. And the supernatural aspects are appropriately scatological and psychologically plausible - whether you have Faith or not, this is one disturbing, thrilling book. It scared me then and scares me now. To quote a French lady whose name I never remember, "I don't believe in ghosts but I'd be terrified to see one.Read more ›
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