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The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition Hardcover – Deckle Edge, October 4, 2011
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"A fantastic and deeply religious novel that will touch the reader to his very soul." -- Abilene Reporter-News
"Almost unbearable suspense." Asheville Citizen-Times
"Absolutely superb!" -- The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Suspense that never lets up!" -- Publishers Weekly
"Up until dawn I was with The Exorcist." -- Cosmopolitan Magazine
"Populated with unforgettable characters, The Exorcist overflows with intelligence and insight and you will read it, if you're wise, with every light on in your house and every light on in your brain." --L.A. Magazine
"It's a great love story. I wish I had written it." -- Ray Bradbury
"Chilling." -- Anthony Burgess, Author of A Clockwork Orange
""The Exorcist" is as superior to most books of its kind as an Einstein equation is to an accountant's column of figures.""--New York Times Book Review""Wonderfully exciting.""--Newsweek""Read the book! It's an experience you will never forget.""--St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
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"Please, Mr. Blatty....PLEASE don't try to channel George Lucas and ruin your art by trying to improve upon perfection..."
The addition is rather subtle and brief, but definitely stands out leaving the reader with a "huh?" sort of feeling.
It had been years since I last read the book and, being a huge fan of the film, I figured it was time I actually owned a copy of it as opposed to hitting the library when the urge came.
The book is definitely of it's time...but no less relevant now as it was 40 years ago. It confronts spiritual matters head on and delivers a very frank and unflinching message about the concept of evil. Even in 2011 where just about every obscenity and depraved scenario has been played out in TV, music, movies, etc....there are passages within that will still make you cringe.
The film is about as close to a perfect adaptation as you can get, but with a few minor points missing. I really like Karl's story in the book. He is a completely fleshed out character with a depth that matches most of the principals, as opposed to his minor role in the film. Secondly, and more importantly, I really find the demonic entity in the book FAR more creepy than the McCambridge voiced Pazuzu in the film. There is a malevolence here that is far more intelligent and challenging. He/They taunt Karras and play mental chess with him. Is she possessed? Is she just incredibly disturbed? The entity keeps placing little doubts in Karras's already crumbling faith, rendering him nearly helpless to aid Regan Macneil.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I love the writing style of this book. Beautiful, vivid, and descriptive language throughout.Published 15 hours ago by Jared Rapp
This was way better than the movie. I always like to compare. It was much more descriptive and you actually get to hear what Ragen's mother is thinking throughout the ordeal. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Mope1
This book is wonderful. It is so well written, with smooth imagery and relevant language. I can't wait to read his other books.Published 12 days ago by SJ267
This movie came out when I was a little kid, and the TV trailers scared the hell out of me. I kept thinking that the Demon was going to come after me next, when he was done... Read morePublished 1 month ago by William Quinn
Although the title is probably redundant, because that is the nature of classics, that they endure. The only thing that dates it a bit is that just about everyone except the demon... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Taylor
This is the first book that I've read to where it gave me the creeps while reading alone before bed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rebel
I saw the movie first hence, images really helped. Book itself was not that shocking or scary...I hate to say it but the movie was better.Published 1 month ago by Nan Hee Kim