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The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition Hardcover – Deckle Edge, October 4, 2011
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When originally published in 1971, The Exorcist became not only a bestselling literary phenomenon, but one of the most frightening and controversial novels ever written. (When the author adapted his book to the screen two years later, it then became one of the most terrifying movies ever made.) The deceptively simple story focuses on Regan, the 11-year-old daughter of a movie actress residing in Washington, D.C.; the child apparently is possessed by an ancient demon. It's up to a small group of overwhelmed yet determined humans to somehow rescue Regan from this unspeakable fate. Purposefully raw and profane, this novel still has the extraordinary ability to literally shock us into forgetting that it is "just a story." The Exorcist remains a truly unforgettable reading experience. Blatty published a sequel, Legion, in 1983. --Stanley Wiater --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
"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
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William Peter Blatty was an extraordinary writer, the true king of horror.
"The Exorcist" has to be my number one favorite book of all time. Blatty writes in such an innovative fashion that it's hard not to compare him to the way Burgess wrote "A Clockwork Orange".
Blatty does an excellent job of capturing the feelings of all the characters. Chris Macneil as she spirals toward insanity, wondering how she can help her poor daughter, Regan; Damien Karras as he grapples with emotions from losing his mother to losing his faith; even Detective Kinderman as he struggles to solve just how Burke Dennings was murdered.
I found myself not being able to put the book down. There was so much realism injected into it as well. Damien Karras questions "the devil", but He never gives proper answers, toying with the priest.
I recommend this book to anyone who adores horror and mystery. Chilling and excellently written.
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It was well written. The characters were well rounded and fleshed out; they're people you can truly imagine being real. Their thoughts and actions are well explained. This makes it a very chilling tale.
I give it 5 stars. It was hard to put down and I devoured each page with great interest. This is, indeed, a classic and a must-read for those interested in the genre of horror.
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