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The Exorcist [PDF] ✅ The Exorcist By William Peter Blatty – Four decades after it first terrified the world William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist is back An extraordinary classic work of horror and dark paranormal suspense In this stunning 40th Anniversary Edi Four decades after it first terrified the world William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist is back An extraordinary classic work of horror and dark paranormal suspense In this stunning th Anniversary Edition a desperate mother and two priests fight to free the soul of a little girl from a supernatural entity of pure malevolence.

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  1. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    ”In our sleep pain which cannot forget fallsdrop by drop upon the heart until in our own despair against our will come wisdomthrough the awful grace of God AeschylusI 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 Kemper’s now famous Rubbermaid container boxes of nostalgic paperbacks but I gave my midget ninjas specific instructions NOT to take anything from Kemper’s abode but simply take a look around so the presence of this book on my shelves is still a mystery The Mysterious copy of The ExorcistWhen I was in middle school I rode the bus to school and every day this teenager with rumpled hair and scuffed motorcycle boots would catch a ride with us He had been clocked for speeding by the cops and had led them on a merry chase around the countryside until he turned a corner too uickly hit gravel and rolled his car He was a LEGEND Needless to say he lost his driving privileges for a long long time He would always sit in the front and there was always this sweet scent coming off his clothes that later when I went to college and attended my first party I had that ah ha moment He’d lean back against the window and hoist those boots out in the aisle where we could all admire them He always had a paperback novel with him usually of the horror genre and he would studiously ignore us and read his book We of course were boring holes through him with fevered eyes because he was the most fascinating thing we’d ever seen One day he looked back down the bus at us and said “You want me to read you some of this?” as he flopped the latest paperback in the air It was called The Exorcist I don’t know if he understood or even understands today how cool a gesture that was but it was pretty damn cool So he started reading to us We never got the whole story just bits here and there Sometimes he would disappear for a while usually because he was jammed up in a little trouble than normal He’d show up with different paperbacks The Omen Psycho Rosemary’s Baby The Other and The Amityville Horror to name a few We were enrapturedHe scared the crap out of us The ghastly images those books inspired in my mind kept my eyes wide open late into the late which might have something to do with why my mom wouldn’t let me read such booksThose moments on the bus with him reading to us and scaring us are some of my most fond childhood memories Boy did we feel like we were getting away with something So I started reading my ratty not Kemper’s copy of The Exorcist and could not believe how much I was struggling with the writing The dialogue was horrible How could this guy sell millions of copies of this book? I did some research It seems that William Peter Blatty finished writing the rough draft of this book and was offered a lucrative screenwriting job and never polished the book An editor obviously not someone in the same category as Maxwell Perkins allowed the book to go to print as basically a rough draft Decades later Blatty is asked to read the book for the audio version He kept having to stop to ask “who wrote this crap?” This story does have a happy ending Blatty went back through and polished and rewrote and even added a critical scene to the book It was released in time for the fortieth anniversary edition William Peter Blatty looking like he is ready for his casting call for a spaghetti westernThe Dodge City Public library they never has anything I absolutely need immediately had a copy of the fortieth anniversary edition Hallelujah Praise the book gods The difference between the books is a two star rating which I was already worried about how I was going to explain that rating to the legions of fans out there and a four star rating which is much easier and much fun to write a review for So if you have thoughts of reading this book make sure you read the fortieth anniversary edition because as Blatty stated ”This is the version I would like to be remembered for”This is a novel about a demon possession of a twelve year old girl but Blatty also spends a good amount of time explaining the other psychological aspects that could be causing the symptoms other than a demonic possession The priest Damien Karras who also happens to be a psychologist finds himself confronting not only an evil entity beyond his wildest imaginations but also his personal struggles with his own faith He is damaged dark and broodinga magnet for women if he were interested Jason Miller is Damien Karras in the movie ”As he lifted the Host in consecration it trembled in his fingers with a hope that he dared not hope that he fought with every particle and fiber of his will “‘For this is My body’” he intoned with a whispered intensityNo it’s bread It’s nothing but breadHe dared not love again and lose That loss was too great that pain too keen The cause of his skepticism and his doubts his attempts to eliminate natural causes in the case of Regan’s seeming possession was the fiery intensity of his yearning to be able to believe He bowed his head and placed the consecrated Host in his mouth where in a moment it would stick in the dryness of his throat And of his faith”The thought that kept going through my head as I read this book is if you find proof of the devil or a demon or even true evil doesn't that mean you’ve found proof of God? Glory be to God for dappled thingsFor skies of couple color as a brindled cow;For rose moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;Fresh fire coal chestnut falls; finches’ wingsHe fathers forth whose beauty is past changePraise him Regan or Rags as her mother likes to call her starts exhibiting strange behavior talking in tongues and levitating It is never really explained how or why she becomes possessed Unless I somehow missed that part Changing editions midstream has me a little worried about that as I did not go back and read the hundred or so pages that I’d read before the switch She goes from being a creative likable normal twelve year old girl into something that is not only horrifying but barely recognizable as human Linda Blair played Regan in the famous movie version ”Reining in his revulsion he closed the door and then his eyes locked stunned on the thing that was Regan on the creature that was lying on its back on the bed head propped against a pillow while eyes bulged wide in their hollow sockets shone with mad cunning and burning intelligence with interest and with spite as they fixed upon his; as they watched him intently seething in a face shaped into a skeletal mask of unthinkable malevolence Karras shifted his gaze to the tangled and thickly matted hair; to the wasted arms and legs and distended stomach jutting up so grotesuely; then back to the eyes they were watching himpinning him” TransformedTerrifying stuff ”Reuested and performed exorcisms had begun to decline in the Western world by the 18th century due to advancements in medical understanding and occurred rarely until the latter half of the 20th century when the public saw a sharp rise due to the media attention exorcisms were getting There was “a 50% increase in the number of exorcisms performed between the early 1960s and the mid 1970s”Media suggested hysteria Iconic shot from the movieThe church has a priest who had performed the last exorcism in 1949 He is an elderly Jesuit priest named Lankester Merrin The two priests know they are over their heads but in a true act of courage and faith take on the demon No need for details as I’m sure most of you have seen the movie and if you have not I would encourage you to read the book before watching the movie The movie was nominated for ten academy awards and grossed over 441 million worldwide No wonder the demand for priests and their knowledge of exorcisms went up exponentially The tour of 1970s horror will continue with Jaws Stay tuned ADDENDUMMy friend Gary Wyatt supplied me with a picture of the house where the famous exorcism case happened in 1949 This was the case that inspired William Peter Blatty to write this book Instead of a girl this case involved a thirteen year old boy named Roland Doe Walter Halloran a Catholic priest of the Society of Jesus performed the exorcism The setting St Louis Missouri Exorcism House in St LouisIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

  2. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    I think I'm ready HelpWell maybe I'm weird but I found the movie scarier than the book Don't get me wrong there are a few parts that gave me the heebie jeebies but overall it didn't get me like the movie Just getting the gifs for this freaking review had me all creeped out This book is very disturbing though Reading the stuff about people in the Black Mass and what they were doing Uggg no I thought about getting a copy of the movie to watch again since I have read the book but hell no Just NO The only reason I wanted to watch it again is because I wanted to see if they had some of the really disturbing things in the movie that were in the book I wanted to see if they talked about all of the Black Mass stuff and different things that were in depth in the book because I can't remember any of that stuff it was so long ago I remember when I was younger I had a nightmare that she was coming after me on a bicycle Lol and it was scary as hell and seemed real A bicycle though heh There is a part in the prologue that I didn't even realize was in another part of the movie until I read the book It was about the demon when Father Merrin was overseas The man in khaki prowled the ruins The Temple of Nabu The Temple of Ishtar He sifted vibrations At the palace of Ashurbanipal he stopped and looked up at the limestone statue hulking in situ Ragged wings and taloned feet A bulbous jutting stubby penis and a mouth stretched taunt in feral grin The demon Pazuzu Abruptly the man in khaki saggedHe bowed his head It was coming He stared at the dust and the uickening shadows The orb of the sun was beginning to slip beneath the rim of the world and he could hear the dim yappings of savage dog packs prowling the fringes of the city He rolled his shirtsleeves down and buttoned them as a shivering breeze sprang up Its source was southwest He hastened toward Mosul and his train his heart encased in the icy conviction that soon he would be hunted by an ancient enemy whose face he had never seen But he knew his name This all started when Regan started playing with the ouiji board People just don't do it Regan's mom Chris who is a movie star let her do it because she didn't think there was any harm in it Although she did have some trepidation when Regan started talking about a Captain HowdyThen things started to happen Chris had Regan taken to all kinds of doctors and psych's until they finally said they need a priest Ya think? Chris was able to get in touch with Father Karras through some peeps but he had to spend time with Regan to prove to the Bishop an exorcism was needed The kind of proof he had to look for in the book was ridiculous With all of the stuff going on with Regan they must have been out of their damn mind That should have happened with no problems And then we finally get Father Merrin I loved him and Karras As the stranger reached up to remove his hat Chris was nodding her head and then suddenly she was looking into eyes that overwhelmed her tht shone with intelligence and kindly understanding with serenity that poured from them into her being like the waters of a warm and healing river whose source was both in him and yet somehow beyond him; whose flow was contained and yet headlong and endless I'm Father Lankester Merrin he said At any rate the movie and the book were disturbing Both in their own ways The movie was scarier but the book had detailed disturbing stuff Now I can only read normal horror for awhile EnjoyMY BLOG Melissa Martin's Reading List

  3. Alejandro Alejandro says:

    Curiosity compels you to read this THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS 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 materialHowever I had to ponder about the whole additional info and further development of characters compared with my experience with the film adaptation which certainly is one of my favorite horror films So I think that the fairest rating is giving a solid 4 star ratingCertainly due all those deeper details in the original book I think that novel movie make an irresistible combo to doYou watched the film and then you'll appreciate even the extended information that you'll find in the original novel but in matters of frightening well the movie has a clear advantage but don't dismiss the novel so uicklySince may be not the best horror novel that I've ever readbut certainly the book hassomething to compel you to read it and have it a huge respect to it MOVIE V BOOK DAWN OF POSSESSION I am not surprised if almost any reader has watched the film before reading the novel And my case wasn't any differentI have watched the three film versions Original theatrical The Never Before Seen version and the Extended Director's Cut Any comment that I'd make in this review about the film adaptation it will be based on the latest mentioned version the Extended Director's Cut due it's the most complete and also it's the one that I have on Blu ray so it's the one that I have fresh on my mindIt's interesting how the film is generally accepted as the most terrifying movie of all time while the novel doesn't keep that distinction Actually the debate about which novel is the most terrifying of all it's an endless dispute that I'm sure the general reading community never would be able to agree in a specific novelWhile the imagination is the best special effects generator I have to admit that it wasn't so shocking to read scenes than in the visual presentation where they are truly scary Even I don't know if there was the choice of words used in the narrative of the book since I think that I'd some technical difficulties to visualize some of those scenes if I wouldn't have previous notion of how they supposed to look like thanks to the film PLAYING DEVIL'S ADVOCATE So I am still glad of having read the original novel since not matter the film adaptation covered the most important elements of the general storyline;the novel indeed gives you enlighting info about the background of the characters even new characters that didn't appear on the movie version and deeper development of many of the scenesOn the film you never have doubt that there is a demon inside of Reganbut in the novel there are plausible scenarios causing suspicions on other characters with the chance of a rational explanation So not so ironically in the same way that you have faith to believe in God well the story reuires of you to have faith to believe in the existence of The DevilThat it's something so curious about many priests in Catholic Church that I understand that there must be an investigation to discard a simpler explanation to some situations but it seems that if you say that you're possessed by The Devil or to the contrary you were witness of the word of God in any case the priests will see you as a perfect nut job to send to some psychiatric asylumSo while the priests are supposed to believe in God it's like they don't want to believe in the existence of The Devil that's it's uite odd since they are both sides of the same religious coin Also some elements in the novel that you may perceive as random in the film version even not clarify enough for really understanding why they are in the story those elements are well developed on the novel and even making ties to the demon inside Regan that you may didn't think about beforeMoreover some reactions and conducts of the characters knowing key info about their pasts you can rationalize better why they are reacting in such ways Even some conversations they are the same in terms of dialogue but the mood of them are perceived in a different way in the book giving some new angles to the dynamics between characters SPEAKING OF THE DEVIL That's exactly what I expect when I decide to read a book original novel or novelization when I already watched the film adaptationSince while I invest only two hours to watch the movie I can invest like a week or to read a novel So if I read just the exact story on the book I think that it would kinda pointless but if I got enough additional infocertainly then it was well invested timeI think that the most effective element on the construction of the story is that you get a lot of arguments and plausible explanations of what it's going on so in some reverse psychology gimmick you get to believe and that Regan is indeed possessed by a demon While in some other novels where they approach the paranormal angle directly the reader tends to accept it without a doubtMaybe you don't believe in The Devil or in God even but don't worrysince you also can say that you don't believe in Jupiter the planet not the Roman god and that doesn't make that that planet isn't out there Many people are atheists until they have to face a demon by themselvesAnd it's not like that I am saying that you have to believe in the Christian God since while I am Catholic my wish is only that all people believe in some higher power that you may name whatever you prefer but believe in something higher than usSince some others may call as unrealistic to believe in gods or higher powersfor me not believing in some higher power I'd call it as sadBelieve in God Beware of The Devil Both are real not matter if you believe in them or notGetting back to the book I recommend the novel for any fan of the film and wishing to get a deeper developement on the storyPS Updated Jan 13th 2017I just knew that William Peter Blatty passed away I'm glad that I was able to read his most iconic work way before he would die

  4. Stephen Stephen says:

    A masterpieceunualified unadulterated and uneualed How better to describe the definitive 40th Anniversary edition of one of THE classic horror novels of the 20th centuryrendered in audio format and narrated with passion verve and pitch perfect delivery by William P Blatty himselfI’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 Now that I have let me add to the film’s list of accolades that it's also one of the best film adaptations of a classic novel that I have experienced along with The Princess Bride and No Country for Old Men I’m going to test the limb and walk out onto it by assuming that most people even if for some inexplicable or metaphysical reason have not either read the book or seen the movie are familiar enough with the basic plot that I can dispense with any fear of spoilers A sweet pre teen girl gets soul jacked by a demon and proceeds to expel various manner of noxious excreta from her various orifices while hurling barbs and insults than a Don Rickles standup routine Throw in a grizzled exorcist a dogged detective and a Jesuit priest with serious mommy issues whose suffering a crisis of faith and you’ve got the playbill for this diabolical dance of dread Thus wifhout worrying about spoilage I am going to mention briefly what struck me most about the book and then finish with a uick “compare and contrast” describing where I thought the film and the novel respectively were the superior product First and foremost the single most impressive aspect of the book for me was the dense lushtastically beautiful prose employed by Blatty while converting this story from mind to paper Given that Blatty did not become a prolific author to my knowledge at least I always assumed that the novel was standard fair that had just received a fabulous hollywood makeover into a successful film Not only was I all the way wrong but the film actually loses the rich psychologically melodramatic flavor of Blatty’s verse In the novel everything is hyper real and a casual look or a fleeting feeling might be imbued with vast significance A little like an updated version of Lovecraft meets Tolstoy meets Kafka I thought it was wonderful and attained the rank of esteemed literature in my opinion A heart felt BOO YAH to Mr Blatty for his slick stylish sentencing Okay let’s compare a contrast shall weMovie was Better than the BookWarning shots from the film below may be shocking to someThe visual effects employed in the movie were so megascream scary at a gut level that they had my twig and berries crawling up my tummy to nuzzle against my liver Thus most of the following are moments in which the written word of Blatty just couldn’t compete on the terror scale with the film Beginning with1 The Face of Evil The transformation of nice innocent Linda Blair into one of the foulest fugliest freak shows in film history is something that the book could not adeuately convey The mismatched demonic eyesthe pasty cracked and scrobiculated skin the raspy “Barry White with a head cold” voiceit’s enough to cause temporary motor ataxia The book as good as it was could not match this kind of visual perfection for visceral terror2 The “Crucifix” Scene We all know the scene I’m talking about so let’s not belabor the point and allow this to slide into something we might all regret Let’s all just back away and proceed without further comment except maybe a cringing ouch baby very ouch 3 The “Owl Head” scene Up next after “the #1 thing never to do with a Crucifix” is the immediately following scene in which little Regan does the full 360 degree spine defying glance around I almost dropped my digesting dinner when I first saw it If you are ever feeling irregular this scene works better than a bran muffin and cup of coffee 4 The “Crab Walk” scene Only in the “extended” version this bit of demonic gymnastics really shivered my timbers 5 Three words Max Van Sydow Nuff said The Book was Better than the MovieIn general in almost every particular beyond the items mentioned above the book was superior to the film and in some cases vastly so Here are just the top reasons that come to mind1 Again the Writing I know I knowI mentioned this above but dammit it really is that good Blatty’s prose sucks you in with his vivid impassioned prose that employs “over the top” nuance to make every step in the story feel like a necessary critical piece of the puzzle I can understand some feeling smothered by the narrative but I found it enthralling 2 The Demon This was one of several key pieces of information that did not translate well on the screen The film leads the audience to believe that the demon possessing Regan is Satan himself This is based in the uote “I’m Father Karras” and the response “and I’m the Devil” However the book goes on to make clear that the demon is actually just thata demon named Pazuzu This ties into the beginning of the film 3 Is it Real? The movie leaves no doubt that Regan was possessed and that she is saved when the demon jumps ship into Father Karras before the now possessed priest does a Greg Louganis out of the window While mostly free from doubt the novel does a superb job of leaving just enough of a crack open so that the uestion is never completely answered I thought this added a substrate of eeriness to the story 4 Father Dyer and Detective Kinderman I may be one of the few people that loved Exorcist III not to be confused with the visual turd known as Exorcist II One of my favorite aspects of E3 was the witty banter and close friendship between Father Dyer and Bill Kinderman played by George C Scott Turns out a chunk of their dialogue came from this book and their relationship is developed to a significant extent in these pages Major bonus for me 5 The Smell and Sound of Evil Just as the book could not compete with the visual perfection of the film the film could not for obvious reasons come close to imbuing its telling with the stench described in the novel The number of times Regan befouls her bed and deposits her insides as an act of belligerence towards Regan’s mom or the priests is an aspect of the novel that adds to the vileness of the demon inhabiting this sweet little girl Also the dialogue is far severe in the book than the movie could likely have gotten away with at the time 6 Satanic Worship One fascinating aspect of the novel that was completely cut from the film is the in depth and detailed depiction of Satanic worship and some of the disgusting sacrilegious practices performed at black masses This was almost wholly absent in the film but made for compelling reading Overall I loved the movie but think the novel far surpasses it in its artistic merit It is a true classic and one that I can not give a stronger recommendation for fans of horror This was a special and very memorable experience Thank you Mr Blatty 50 stars HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATIONI

  5. Maureen Maureen says:

    Scared the heck out of me

  6. Felicia Felicia says:

    My mother took me to see The Exorcist at a drive in theater as part of a double feature with Texas Chainsaw Massacre when I was nine years old NINE YEARS OLD I say AT THE DRIVE INAnd we LIVED IN TEXASScared the living shit out of me The Exorcist permanently scarred my little girl psyche and undoubtedly contributed to my love of dark and morbid stories To this day it is still the scariest movie I have ever seen The book? Not so much

  7. Amalia Gavea Amalia Gavea says:

    Strange as it may seem I hadn't watched the film version of ''The Exorcist'' until last summer I know shame on me but you see I thought I wouldn't be able to take it seriously I don't believe in possessions or devils or any of these things although I love to read about them Of course I knew of Blatty's novel and I was aware of the cutie little green Pazuzu face of young Regan but since I don't believe in the main theme of the story I knew I wouldn't be able to appreciate the film right? Wrong I admit I should have watched it sooner I wasn't scared however only a little bit disgusted but it was unsettling and full of interesting underlying information about psychology and the mentality behind the cases where exorcisms sounded as the best solution Not to mention Max Von Sydow's formidable presence Therefore I eagerly searched for the novel and stared reading to appreciate the story under a new lightSo just as I believed the novel is very very good Better than the film its impact was felt immediately and I must confess that I avoided reading it when I was alone in my house I don't know why but it made me nervous in a way the movie never did To watch Regan's trip down to Hell to anticipate the beginning of the child's ordeal was trully trully agonizing Naturally this was possible due to the power of the author's writing Blatty uses short sentences and everyday speech and the narration becomes much immediate and the images powerful Certain infamous scenes of the film are a lot graphic and highly disturbing in the bookAs in the film my favourite character was Father Karras I have a soft spot for him partly due to him being Greek but I feel that he represents the heart of the story The struggle to seek the answers to his uestions the doubts over his faith and the agony to help in the name of God the insecurity and lack of faith to himself and his abilities as a priest and as a doctor are issues that are daily relevant to a significant number of people On the other hand I never warmed to the character of Chris Regan's mother I admired the fact that she was down to earth and close to her daughter as much as possible given her demanding profession but for some reason I consider her rather naive and a bit stupid to be honest Perhaps I am a little harsher than I should but her interactions with Regan's doctors and with Karras didn't exactly make her look like the sharpest knife in the drawerSo a great book that would have been a success even if the film had never come to pass A loud applause to the producers who allowed Blatty to handle his own book and transfer it to the big screen and the results are obvious in a well made film that opened new paths to the Horror genre Of course on a personal note it still can't hold a candle to ''The Omen'' Oh and that sceneview spoilerYes the spider walkIt's in the book obviously and may I say it is even creepier than in the film I had nightmares with this hide spoiler

  8. Brett C Brett C says:

    I really enjoyed this one It has all the elements of eerie paranormal horror with some mystery The plot involves a little girl who's life goes from normal to complete terror The little girl Regan starts playing with a ouija board and an unknown presence begins communicating with her The unwanted entity who goes by the name of Mr Howdy slowly becomes problematic As with all paranormal activity the plot tracks the demonic activity commonly seen in the four stages infestation oppression obsession and eventual possession of the little girl The plot is riddled with psychiatric religious and occult witchcraft fervor that adds to the atmospheric heaviness leading to the exorcism 'Could you help an old altar boy Father?' The Demon'And Jesus asked him What is your name? And he answered Legion for we are many' Mark 59The book is well written and flows very nicely All the characters are well developed and life like All the characters have their personal demons and struggle with them in the story The overall tone throughout the book is eerie and solemn For me this is tied with Stephen King's Salem's Lot for creepiness I would highly recommend this to anyone Thanks

  9. Delee Delee says:

    THE EXORCIST is on uite a few of my favorite listsI have read this book once before and I own and have watched the movie numerous times This time I listened to the audio bookIt is my favorite movie posterIt has one of my favorite the making of documentaries It's in my top ten favorite movie list and top five favorite horror movie listand now that I have listened to the audio book Favorite audio bookby farWilliam Blatty's voice is like butterslathered on the perfect horror filled bagel with cream cheeseGeorgetown WashingtonChris MacNeil an actress and her young daughter Regan are living in Georgetown while Chris is filming a movie And everything is going along hunky dory until Regan starts playing around with the Ouija board from the atticRegan starts receiving messages from Captain Howdy who at first Chris sees as a harmless invisible playmateuntil frightening things start happening in Regan's roomAfter a party at the Georgetown home Chris cannot ignore the fact that something horrible is going on in her house and with her once so innocent daughterand when a person close to her is killed she knows she must do something drastic and seek help from people she never would have dreamed of asking beforeTHE EXORCIST I can't recommend it enough The moviethe book and now the audio book Go Now Watch Read Listen I beg of you

  10. Matt Matt says:

    WIlliam Peter Blatty’s groundbreaking novel caused many waves at the time of its publication though it is thought that the accompanying movie might have been even controversial I chose to embark on this journey out of curiosity than anything else Knowing the premise I thought I would indulge before the season of ghouls and other spine tingling things is fully upon us Chris MacNeil is a screen actress and lives in Georgetown with her daughter Regan uite the typical twelve Regan enjoys some independence but is happy to engage with her mother on a regular basis When Regan begins to exhibit strange behaviours Chris cannot help but seek out some medical advice none of which yields firm answers When the oddities begin to manifest themselves into verbal and physical attacks on others Chris is left to grasp at straws and is pushed in the direction of a psychiatrist The name she is given interestingly enough is Father Damien Karras A Jesuit Karras works in the parish just on the other side of the MacNeil home When Karras agrees to come visit Regan he is fearful yet baffled as well though will not jump to the idea of possession even as Chris pushes for an exorcism With no religious ties the MacNeils seem highly unlikely to have a demon in their lives but nothing else seems plausible Karras takes an academic approach to the situation and after numerous encounters with Regan and her alternate personality he wonders if there might be something to this talk of demonic possession Regan appears to have all the signs and exhibits numerous tendencies that Karras has found in scholarly articles over the centuries With a desecration in the local parish church and the gruesome death of Chris’ friend a local homicide detective is poking around engaging with Karras at every turn though no one freely shares the goings on in the MacNeil home which might explain at least part of these occurrences After making his argument to the Church about the needs for some form of Catholic intervention Karras proceeds to arm himself to enter Regan’s domain ready to do battle with whatever is inside her It is then that things take a turn for the worse and Karras’ entire being is tested Blatty penned this sensational piece that even close to a half century later will still send chills chills up the reader’s spine Highly recommended for those who love a great thrill ride and can stomach some graphic descriptions and languageIn one of my previous reading challenges I pushed members to compare a book to its screen adaptation hoping to see the parallels and great differences Having recently indulged in the cinematic production of this book it is difficult for me to divorce the two as they complement one another so well I thoroughly enjoy watching this movie and have done so on multiple occasions While it was produced in 1973 and some of the technology is understandably outdated it packs a punch and was surely uite thrilling at the time Damien Karras is a central character in the book and his presence is felt throughout both through his personal struggles with his faith and the dedication he had when thrust into the middle of the demonic possession of a young girl Karras begins as a distant figure who struggles to come to terms with his mother’s illness and upon her death seeks to leave the umbrella of the Catholic Church However his character grows as he becomes a well grounded scholar and seeks to understand what is going on with Regan MacNeil and her obvious struggles with mental stability Chris MacNeil is also a key member of the story and her struggle to understand her daughter proves to be an ongoing theme the reader will discover The angst and utter helplessness is something that any parent would struggle to accept forcing Chris to turn to the experts none of whom have the answers she wants One cannot review this book effectively without mentioning Regan and the demon that appears to be embedded within her as it is this that proves to offer the ultimate spine tingling The struggles the young girl has and the demon displays push the book out of the realm of simple defiance and into an area not seen by many books of the time The raw and unedited language proves useful—needed even—to fulfil that complete sentiment of possession Many readers may not like it as I am sure scores found it problematic when the book was published but it serves to take the book to a level that makes it all the believed A handful of other characters and a few interesting sub plots keep the reader engaged and ready to see where Blatty is taking things The story itself is uite well done and has been able to stand the test of time While exorcisms are no longer commonplace their allure has not diminished be it in the published work or cinematic presentation Blatty slowly develops the demonic aspect in such a way that the reader can see it creeping up and spiking at just the right moment Layering the narrative with some key research revealed by Father Karras proves to substantiate the larger theme and keeps things from getting too fanciful Those with a strong constitution and who can handle some strong language will surely find something in this book to keep them up late at night I know I’ll likely put this on a list of books to read when I want a real chill though will have to make sure the audio is not streaming when Neo’s aroundKudos Mr Blatty for keeping me enthralled throughout I may have to check out some of your work in the coming months as you sure know how to tell a storyLovehate the review? 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