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Exorcist Paperback – Import, November 1, 1999

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: CORGI BOOKS (TWLD); n.e. edition (November 1, 1999)
  • ISBN-10: 0552147699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552147699
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Lianna on June 18, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
I first read this book during my last year of college. I really became absorbed in it...I couldn't put the novel down for 3 consecutive days. Blatty presents various psychiatric & neurological conditions to explain the bizarre phenomena occurring within the MacNeil household...but at the end, the reader is forced to accept the concept of demonic possession. One of the most chilling sections in the novel occurs when Detective Kinderman tries to research Satanism...reading the description of satanic rituals/rites was quite disturbing for me...even at the age of 21 when maturity should temper shocking material. The rising tension & suspense created by the novel was great...and I certainly had some difficulty falling asleep during the 3-day span of time I spent in completing the book. Moreover, I kept pondering the themes of the book (the nature & existence of Evil) for a long while afterwards. The Exorcist galvanized me to explore the genre of the supernatural, the occult, & the dark aspect of the human experience. If anyone wants to chat about this book &/or related topics, feel free to send email to kiwi35@aol.com
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jesse R Edwards on December 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist is an extrodinary novel of faith lost and recovered, of the power of God rising to conquer when it seemes to be beaten, and of innocence restored. With the story written in in third person omnicient, the reader is able to delve into the very mind and heart of each character. This allows one to "be in another man's shoes," as it were. We become a Jesuit priest, and begin to feel his pain as he struggles with his faith. We become a single mother, as she hopelessly watches the life of her daughter fade within the very grasp of evil. And we become an older warrior, as he fights against an acient evil. The Exorcist is a truly great modern tale of the battle between good and evil. I recomend it to all who believe, or wish to.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ivy Bewley on February 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I hope I am not biased because I saw the film first. The movie came out a good decade before I was born and I wasn't old enough to see it for some time after, so of course I saw the movie before reading the book. I just came across the book recently and it was excellent, so I wanted to comment on it.

My only problem was that it seemed like it took Father Karras 200 pages to decide that Regan was not simply mentally ill. While I can respect his inner turmoil regarding his faith - after all, faith is a pretty difficult thing - it seemed so overly simplistic. I have studied a lot of psychology and met a lot of mentally ill people, and I have never met anyone who could bend their bodies in half, produce weird smells, make the room cold, make strange sounds, make impressions on their skin, have a sudden recollection of a brief childhood exposure to a language, become psychokinetic, or become telepathic just because something was wrong with their brain. Father Karras potentially attributed all these things to Regan being "maybe mentally ill." It was frustrating. I wanted to scream, "Please, just get on with it!" Especially since Regan developed all of these abilities within a week. (I have met two different women diagnosed with multiple personality - that's "dissociative identity disorder" in politically correct terms. Neither of them had special powers. Incidentally, I've never met anyone who was possessed!)

Besides that, the book was amazing. It filled in all the details that were missing from the movie, as books usually do. Most notably, I always wondered why there were no legal complications, seeing how three men died and all. Kinderman really seemed to let that go pretty easily at the end of the movie. In the book his role was explored much further. The movie was so disturbing, but the book was even more so. I was glad to have a chance to read the original material but I think I'm glad they left out some of those scenes!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "rjgrib" on January 12, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Few books have impacted me the way this one has. I can still vividly recall passages, scenes, quotes, and obscure details about this powerful novel long after I read it. Not since Bram Stoker's Dracula have I ever encountered a horror masterpiece that will rivet itself into your memory for years to come. Anyone vaguely associated with Catholicism will be impacted even greater. I cannot recommend this one highly enough.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
You all have got to be kidding! You call yourself a horror fan, and you still haven't read The Exorcist? Oh, you've seen the movie? It's not the same darn thing!! This book will terrify you to all lengths that one can go. If you're like me, you'll sit in bed nearly all night, lights off, covers over your head, and a flashlight in hand...reading. Knowing you have to get up early the next morning, you lock up your conscience in the wraths of Hell and indulge yourself in one the most terrifying, gripping, and elusive horror novels of all time: The Exorcist. Don't you DARE call yourself a fan of horror (I don't care how many Stephen King books you've read) until you take a look at The Exorcist. It may change how you look at the little things in life...ouija boards, divorces, and nerves. May want to take a closer look after reading this novel.
I can't help my self...I have to say it...GREAT JOB WILLIE!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yuri Mozo on January 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Six years ago I read Possessed: The True Story of An Exorcism. It was a great reading experience, and I learned the historical exorcism case it covers is the same that inspired the book and then the movie The Exorcist.

If you have seen the movie, then the book is not too much of a surprise The novel, after the first several chapters, paces well, and if not always drawing the reader into the scene, keeps the reader's attention. The dialog at first posed difficulty for me in reading, not because it is unintelligible, but because it is almost too casual, slangy, I thought better suited for a movie script than a novel. Yet, after adjusting my reading, it no longer was an issue.

I enjoyed reading The Exorcist, and although a long book, it only took me a weekend to read. The theme of psychiatric disorder versus genuine possession, prominent in the book, raises many questions, one of which is, what role do religious practices have for modern, scientific people today? As in the case of the recent movie, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, the book The Exorcist ultimately suggests that there is personal evil, and that apparent manifestations of psychosis may in fact have origins beyond the strictly material plane. The book does not seek to convert skeptics of the possibility of demonic possession, and yet it tends more in that direction than not, especially in consideration of the final chapters where Fr. Damian overcomes his skepticism and sees the girl as possessed by an intelligent evil being.

Just a few areas where I would wish improvement:
1) Superfluous profanity. On a book of demonic possession, profanity is expected. The Devil doesn't speak Victorian English after all.
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