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Originally published in 1971, The Exorcist, one of the most controversial novels ever written, 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 Re ...more
ebook, 40th Anniversary Edition, 400 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Harper (first published 1971)
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Sabrina Why on earth would you read the exorcist to your 5 year old??? What is wrong with you??
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A masterpiece...unqualified, unadulterated and unequaled.

How better to describe the definitive, 40th Anniversary edition of one of THE classic horror novels of the 20th century...rendered in audio format and narrated with passion, verve and pitch-perfect delivery by William P. Blatty himself.

I’ve seen both the original and extended, remastered versions of The Exorcist several times and believe it ranks among the finest horror films ever made. Until this week, I had never read the source novel.
Jeffrey Keeten
”In our sleep, pain, which cannot forget, falls
drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own
despair, against our will, come wisdom
through the awful grace of God.

I get a wild hair every so often and recently I decided that I needed to go on a 1970s blockbuster horror novel extravaganza tour. It all started with shifted some books around and finding this ratty well loved copy of The Exorcist that inexplicably found its way into my book collection. I’d swear it was stolen from one of K
It was kinda hard to decide the rating on this novel. If I'd think only on the raw reading experience, I would say that it was a 3-star material. However, I had to ponder about the additional info and further development of characters compared with my experience with the film adaptation. So, I think that the fairest rating is a 4-star.

I am not surprised if almost any reader has watched the film before of reading the novel. And my case wasn't any different.

I have watched the three film versions:
This is a really chilling and frightening story.
There is nothing more powerful and engrossing than a story about a persons battle with their state of mind and Demons. In this frightening story you have a mother and her 12 year old daughters bond shaken, faced with a state of mayhem immersed in a struggle for survival and triumph over adversity, you just feel for them immensely and love for their solitude to prevail. The Jesuit priest also had a love for his deceased mother and guilt of not put
Having recently seen a film called The Last Exorcism, I decided it was finally time to read the first exorcism, the one which made masses of people interested in demonic posessions, scared the beejesus out of readers and was made into one of the best films ever.

I've seen the film several times, though I've never read the book. I always assumed that it was a cheap potboiler, heavy on shock value (who can forget the green vomit?) and thin on everything else. I was totally wrong. The Exorcist is a
Paul Nelson
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty was released in 1971, we've all seen the subsequent film released in 1973, you might have read the book but an altogether different experience is guaranteed to scare the pants off you with the audiobook. Narrated by the author who won an Oscar for best writing/screenplay based on material from another medium for the Exorcist and I have to say this is easily the best production and performance from any audiobook that I've listened to.

Powerfully gripping, a sto
Boil it all down and The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty is about faith.

There is the demonic possession of Regan McNeil and the horrors that are described as a part of that invasion, the night and day distinction between a young girl and the maniacal, infernal force that changed her.

Also fascinating to read is the reactions of the family and friends of the girl and the forced dynamic of this group experiencing such an outrage. Then there is the psychological questions, the detective work piec
The movie isscarier, mostly because of the visuals, but also partly because it lets you assume that perhaps whatever possessed Regan MacNeill may not really bethe devil but an unknown entity. The book, however, makes no allowances for alternative interpretations. It is Satan without a doubt, and I think that actually lessens the chilling effect, that the culprit is so obvious.
Perhaps evil is the crucible of goodness... and perhaps even Satan--Satan, in spite of himself--somehow serves to work ou
I'm not going to waste time summarising this novel as I'm sure everyone has seen the movie at least once in their lives.

The Exorcist is an engrossing, gripping, disturbing and well-written supernatural tale. I really enjoyed this novel. I thought the author's writing style was excellent. I found it very hard to put this book down for long. I just had to know what happened next even though I've seen the movie half a dozen times! It didn't frighten me to death but it did scare me a good bit! Even
Kevin Cambronero
La película la vi hace años, pero igual recordaba cómo terminaban algunas cosas. A pesar de eso, lo disfruté muchísimo. Es muy bueno. Lo deberían leer todos los que disfrutan del terror, porque vale totalmente la pena: tiene un argumento atractivo, entretenido y fundamentado; personajes excelentes y profundos, cada uno con su lugar a lo largo de la novela.

Se apeó del taxi un hombre alto, ya entrado en años.

Vestía impermeable y sombrero negro y llevaba en la mano una desvencijada maleta. Pagó al
“You don’t blame us for being here, do you? After all, we have no place to go. No home… Incidentally, what an excellent day for an exorcism…”

When Regan MacNeil, daughter of famous actress Chris MacNeil, becomes strangely ill, coming up with a reasonable explanation proves difficult. Chris’ original belief that this is caused by repressed anger over her divorce with Regan’s father because less likely as time progresses and Regan begins going through increasingly violent episodes and physical tr
“Yet I think the demon's target is not the possessed; it is us . . . the observers . . . every person in this house. And I think---I think the point is to make us despair; to reject our own humanity, Damien: to see ourselves as ultimately bestial; as ultimately vile and putrescent; without dignity; ugly; unworthy.”

Some years ago, I gave a school presentation on the subject of churchly handling with exorcism, divided into Catholic and Protestant aspects. Exorcism was an interesting topic to s
In the Grip of Evil
(A Book Review of William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist

Inspired by a reported case of exorcism of a child in 1949, The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty, published in 1971, is a novel about demonic terror, a modern-day spiritual warfare that pits good against evil for possession of a soul and examines the question of evil.

Being the book that paved the way for the popularity of this horror sub genre, The Exorcist tells the now-famous plotline of demonic possession of a simplisti
It's been sort of a "Satan" themed book week for me. I just feel like we really ought to be taking some time to examine the Prince of Darkness while we are bedfellows. He's down here, Jesus is up there. It makes sense. Let's pretend Satan is like Jacob and Edward is like Jesus. When Jesus goes away and temporarily dumps us, game on Satan.


The Exorcist, as a book, is completely overshadowed by the horror and genius of the film. I respect it as the creative genius behind
Coos Burton
Ansiaba muchísimo leer este libro ya que es un clásico, y como había salido en el club de lectura "Letras Macabras" como en libro del mes, aproveché y lo compré. Se trata de un libro batannnte fuerte, es de hecho más crudo de lo que lo imaginaba. Me gustó todo el proceso que se hace antes de descubrir que Regan esta poseída, para saber si lo que ella sufre es algún tipo de trastorno mental o quizá alguna enfermedad que esta afectando seriamente su conducta. El demonio logró caerme bastante simpá ...more
Finally, I managed to read this book, many years after seeing the movie. It's much more complex and compelling than the latter. Usually the scene that everyone remembers most, is the exorcism itself, a small part of the book. Now, the story: the little Regan MacNeil, daughter of actress Chris MacNeil, suddenly begins to have strange behaviors that confuse doctors and torment the mother. After examinations and analysis without results, Chris sees as the only hope rely on an exorcism by Father Dam ...more
¡¡¡Bonito día para un exorcismo!!!

Fascinante y atrapante de inicio a fin, escrita de forma muy inteligente, fluida como pocas y clara como el agua.
Se nota a leguas cuando un escritor dedica gran parte de sus estudios o incluso su vida a fin de escribir algo decente y bien documentado.
"El exorcista" es uno de esos líbros, puede que este muy (sobre)valorado para muchos y más en esta era, puede que para los escépticos en el tema religioso, como en mi caso, sea inverosímil e imposible. Sin embargo,
The film adaptation of this novel is one of my all-time favorite movies.

I hesitate to say the book is even better, but this is a fantastic book. Fans of the "The Exorcist" onscreen will find deeper explorations of the characters and the story's theological underpinnings.

While the movie "The Exorcist" doesn't delve as deeply into philosophy, I consider it the equal of this novel in quality. Director William Friedkin and co. tweak every minute element of sight and sound to deliver maximum suspens
I'm sorry, but talk about a stylistic mismatch: William Peter Blatty is not particularly "literary," and I don't know why he felt he needed to be for THIS book. This is one of those rare cases where I actually do prefer the film. You don't have to read the film.

(Side note of interest: Blatty's sons attended the same Catholic school as my younger brother, and I ate dinner with a teacher who swore he had firsthand evidence that this book was true. I'm an atheistic-leaning agnostic/apatheist. It wa

I read the 40th anniversary edition - this was not the cover, so this may not link to the right edition.

The Exorcist definitely stands up well, despite its age. It's an interesting look at life in the 70s, from the few glimpses we're shown. (Some of which are rather funny today, like Chris' lime-green 'hostess costume', a pant-suit with bell-bottoms and bell-sleeves. Ah, fashion.)

The shock at the 'black mass desecrations' feels a little bit put-on as well, which I definitely think is a
Rachel McQuoid
when i was younger my mum wouldnt let me watch the movie as she said it would give me nightmares so i cunningly got my older brother to get this from the library so i could read it. i read it in one night mainly as i was too scared to go to sleep so i just kept reading! this was the first horror book ive ever read and it started a whole love of horror books for me. subsequently i watched the movie a few years later and i must say the book is much better, whilst the movie can illistrate the seque ...more
Mark Hodder
Scarier than the movie. One of the very best horror novels ever written.
Vimal Thiagarajan
My faith has been restored..........

For long, I'd been wanting to read a chilling horror with a dint of the supernatural.But many books in the horror genre are frivolous and grossly fail at invoking the desired emotion.Just as I was beginning to lose faith that I'd never find a good novel in this genre,upon an augury I decided to try this one.My faith, was restored, and how?

It was a cold start, but after a few pages it just took off. It wasn't frightening I'd say, but the writing was so elegant
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4.5 stars: This book was hard for me to rate because I saw the movie a lot of times, so I already knew how it would end and some of the most disturbing scenes on the book didn't shock me as they were supposed to.

But despite these inconveniences it was an awesome book, it's incredibly well written and the prose is really engaging. The whole book is about the battle between good and evil, every character struggles with his pe
Chester Dean
Éste fue el libro del mes de Febrero del Club de Lectura: Lee-Té de mi ciudad. Lo había comprado con anterioridad, pero no había tenido el valor de leerlo, ya que me había aventurado con las primeras 30 páginas y ya con eso supe que me iba a morir de miedo al leerlo. Así que cuando en el club eligieron Terror como nuestro género de lectura del mes, propuse éste libro. Si no hubiera sido por el club, tal vez no hubiera tomado el valor necesario para leerlo.

Regan es una niña de once años, hija de
I currently have 225 horror films under my belt. The Exorcist (1973) is not the best I've seen. It's not the worst either, but it's still only mildly entertaining, if even that. The vomiting scene makes me want to eat pea soup. Pea soup, mustard, and crisp bread with cheese on top are the best combination ever - but I digress. If the film was meant to be funny, fine, but since the tone is serious throughout I highly doubt it was made as anything else than a good ol' creep show. Ravenous (1999) ...more
Aug 30, 2011 Debra rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror fans
Stephen King said in Danse Macabre (1981): "... two novels of the Humorless, Thudding Tract School of horror writing are Damon, by C. Terry Cline, and The Exorcist, by William Peter Blatty – Cline has since improved as a writer, and Blatty has fallen silent... forever, if we are lucky."

However, S.T. Joshi stated in his The Modern Weird Tale : A Critique of Horror Fiction that Stephen King went up to Blatty and said: "You know, in a way, you're my father."

Not sure whether to add this book to my
Scott Brook
It's funny how revisiting a book later in life can be so rewarding. My main reason for choosing to read this again was to refresh myself with the back story of Lieutenant Kinderman as I am about to read Legion for the first time. Having read the Exorcist in my teens, i vividly remember the focus of this book to be on the actual exorcism when, in fact, the exorcism almost plays as a menial event in the story. How did I forget the struggles of Father Karras in attempting to play the events of Rega ...more
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William Peter Blatty is an American writer and filmmaker. He wrote the novel The Exorcist (1971) and the subsequent screenplay version for which he won an Academy Award.
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