The Exorcist Paperback – Special Edition, 13 Oct 2011
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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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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.Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Much better than the film. The details leading up to the possession, Blatty really knew how to build tension. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Jeff
Never fails me and still couldn't put it down. Recommend it as a a compulsive page turner. Try it !Published 1 month ago by Susan Galligan
This book is really enjoyable considering the subject matter, very dark in spots and a complete page-turner. Much more comfortable to deal with than the movie! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Really interesting book but contains a lot of psychology. Bought to compare against the film and preferred the film.Published 3 months ago by suel
This is one of the classic novels on demonic possession and exorcism. If many Catholic dioceses in America don't have an official exorcist, one has to wonder where the possessed go... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lee Tasey
Read it loads of time in paperback, now on my kindle, still scares me! ClassicPublished 5 months ago by Angel
Scary amzing. Literaly it will blow you off your feet. Really is fantastic. If I were you I would read thousands of times over and over again. Gets right to the point.Published 6 months ago by Naseem