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William Peter Blatty
"A horror story for all midnights." — The Boston GlobeInspired by the shockingly true story of a child’s demonic possession in the 1940s, William Peter Blatty's iconic novel focuses on Regan, the eleven-year-old daughter of a movie actress residing in Washington, D.C. When sweet Regan's behavior turns sinister, a small group of overwhelmed yet determined individuals take it upon themselves to rescue the poor girl from her unspeakable fate. Timeless and terrifying, The Exorcist is a story that has gripped the public zeitgeist for more than half a century. Originally published in 1971, it remains one of the most controversial novels ever written. A literary phenomenon soon after its release, it spent fifty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, seventeen consecutively at number one. It also became a wildly popular motion picture, garnering ten Academy Award nominations. On the opening day of the film, lines of fans stretched around city blocks. In Chicago, frustrated moviegoers used a battering ram to gain entry through the double side doors of a theater. In Kansas City, police used tear gas to disperse an impatient crowd who tried to force their way into a cinema. The three major television networks carried footage of these events, and CBS’s Walter Cronkite devoted almost ten minutes to the story. The Exorcist was, and is, more than just a novel and a film: it is a true landmark of American culture. . . and a reflection of our innermost fears.Purposefully raw and profane, The Exorcist continues to engross and disturb readers. It remains an unforgettable reading experience that will continue to shock and frighten new generations of readers.
William Peter Blatty
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"Such a great read! It was a bit slow for me but then it kind of picked up. I've seen the movie and I could tell what they really focused on, rather than sticking strictly to the book. I couldn't help but also think of Scary Movie 2, it was just too funny. But I did love the priest in this, one of my favorite characters. Very well written story."
"(Spoilers) An absolutely amazing book, a must-read. If you enjoyed the movie, you'll love the book. It has everything great about the film plus way more. The book goes deeper into the thoughts and feelings of the characters, like the guilt Father Karras feels over the death of his mother, is absolutely heartbreaking, making the insults the demon throws at him hit much harder. We get more of Kinderman's investigation into the death of Burke Dennings. Regan's mother, Chris, as the situation gets worse, you feel so bad for her, having to watcher her sweet daughter become worse and worse. And the disturbing scenes of Regan's possession, are just as, if not worse then the movie. If you've been thinking about reading it or are even just a horror fan, pick up this book, it's very worth it."
"This felt unnecessarily long. I got bored half way through and then it picked up again and suddenly I was overwhelming exhausted with the book and the story telling. This wasn’t as horrifying as I expected it to be, but it was horrifying for the decade in which it was written. Great for spooky Halloween season but overall it was okay. "
"Creepy creepy. Watched movie. Of course, the book is way better. Going through the things that all the characters go though. "
"This book was very good. The writing was great and taught u quite a lot about the main topics. It is a mystery between mental illness and possesion that you get to follow along with. I don't think it was "scary" it had gore but not so much scare it definitely will if you dont like the topic of possesion but even still it is more about helping a girl then the horror of it. A classic and worth the read if the topics interest you!"