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The Exorcist (original 1971; edition 2004)

by William P. Blatty

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Title:The Exorcist
Authors:William P. Blatty
Info:Buccaneer Books (2004), Edition: Harper & Row, Publisher. Book Club Edition. 1st Printing., Hardcover, 352 pages
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The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty (1971)

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    Legion by William Peter Blatty (JonTheTerrible)
    JonTheTerrible: I quite enjoyed the characters in The Exorcist and felt that Legion gives you a bit more of the enjoyable Kinderman as well as the darkness of the demon. While Legion is not nearly as good as its predecessor it is still an essential read if you enjoyed the mood and pace of The Exorcist.… (more)
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Not much I can say about this one that hasn't already been said. It is, after all, a well-known and well-read horror novel, and also a great movie that I'm sure most have seen at some point or another.

If you haven't picked this one up before now, what the heck are you waiting for!?

PS - Am I the only one who kept picturing Columbo whenever Lieutenant Kinderman made an appearance? ( )
  Scarlet-Aingeal | Jan 12, 2017 |
Und zu meiner Überraschung hat es mir ganz gut gefallen. Es war nicht so explizit als im Film. Szenen mit Regan sind rar und es wird sich mehr auf die Mutter Chris sowie ihre Mitstreiter konzentriert. Ob Regan wirklich von einem Dämonen besessen ist oder eine psychische Störung hat wird nie festgestellt. Der Auslegung des Lesers wird Spielraum gelassen.

Manchmal bin ich über eine Passage gestolpert. Zum Beispiel als Chris, die Schauspielerin, nicht wusste, dass Menschen unterschiedlich reden. Hallo? Erstens verdient sie ja wohl mit solchen Dingen ihre Haushälter und zum anderen hört man das doch einfach. Ich weiß, dass diese Erklärung für den Leser dienen sollte, aber nu ja. Vielleicht ist das auch nur am Alter des Buches geschuldet und ich bin mit Serien wie Criminal Minds die regelmäßig Wissenschaft benutzen verwöhnt worden. Das andere was mich halbwegs gewurmt hat, war, dass soweit ich beurteilen konnte alle wissenschaflichen und religiösen Themen richtig recherchiert waren… nur um den schweizer Haushältern einen schwedischen Nachnamen zu geben. Gut, das ist jetzt nicht unmöglich, aber es war als deutscher Leser doch sehr seltsam.

Dafür habe ich die Erklärungen religiöser Geschichten und Bewandnisse dankbar aufgenommen. Ich kenne mich da nur rudimentär aus, vor allem bei den Katholiken/Jesuiten.

Zum anderen fand ich die Darstellung der Priester toll. Mal keine Allwissenden in sich ruhenden Freaks. Die noch obendrauf Arschlöcher sind denen man die Nase am liebsten in ihrer Bibel einklemmen möchte. Nein, diese hier waren menschlich, witzig, mit Fehlern. Diese hier waren besser als die letzten 5 Loveinterests von denen ich gelesen habe. Gut, das ist nicht schwer, aber die Priester waren echt sympathisch.

Auch gut fand ich den Schreibstil. Der Horror wird nicht mit dem Holzhammer vermittelt. Teilweise gab es Szenen da brauchte es ein paar Sekunden bis man verinnerlicht hatte, was da gerade passiert war. ( )
  Nomnivor | Jan 12, 2017 |
Horror story about a girl possessed by Satan ( )
  JackSweeney | Jan 9, 2017 |
This has been on my to-read pile for ages. So, when October came around I thought "What better time to read this!" I only vaguely remember the movie (not really a fan of older movies), but I liked this much much more. The only reason it took me a while to finish is pure lack of time to read. ( )
  LenaR0307 | Nov 19, 2016 |
Not nearly as scary as when I read it as a teen but I didn't expect it to be. Still a great, great read. The author's voice was nearly perfect for the narration. If you like horror books - and this one is quite graphic - you'll probably like this. ( )
  amcheri | Oct 21, 2016 |
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To my brothers and sisters, Maurice, Edward and Alyce, and in loving memory of my parents.
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Like the brief doomed flare of exploding suns that registers dimly on blind men's eyes, the beginning of the horror passed almost unnoticed; in the shriek of what followed, in fact, was forgotten and perhaps not connected to the horror at all.
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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.
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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

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Actress and single mother Chris MacNeil becomes increasingly terrified for her young daughter Regan as a malevolent force takes possession of the child.

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