The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
40th Anniversary Edition

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What I really, really love is that this book is not about a little girl being possessed and all the scary things that happen to her.
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Synopsis

Originally published in 1971, The Exorcist, one of the most controversial novels ever written, went on to become a literary phenomenon: It spent fifty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, seventeen consecutively at number one. Inspired by a true story of a child's demonic possession in the 1940s, William Peter Blatty created an iconic novel that focuses on Regan, the eleven-year-old daughter of a movie actress residing in Washington, D.C. A small group of overwhelmed yet determined individuals must rescue Regan from her unspeakable fate, and the drama that ensues is gripping and unfailingly terrifying. Two years after its publication, The Exorcist was, of course, turned into a wildly popular motion picture, garnering ten Academy Award nominations. On opening day of the film, lines of the novel's 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; 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 literary landmark. Purposefully raw and profane, The Exorcist still has the extraordinary ability to disturb readers and cause them to forget that it is "just a story." Newly polished and added to by it author and published here in this beautiful fortieth anniversary edition, it remains an unforgettable reading experience and will continue to shock and frighten a new generation of readers.
 

About William Peter Blatty

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William Peter Blatty is a writer and filmmaker. The Exorcist, written in 1971, is his magnum opus; he also penned the subsequent screenplay, for which he won an Academy Award. His most recent works include the novels Elsewhere, Dimiter, and Crazy.
 
Published October 4, 2011 by Harper. 403 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, History, Arts & Photography. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Exorcist
All: 8 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 2

Lincoln Journal Star

Good
on Oct 30 2011

What is never in doubt is the ability for "The Exorcist" to enthrall and scare all these years later.

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Fear Net

Good
on Jan 19 2012

This new edition of The Exorcist is a great read.

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Above average
Reviewed by Enrique Lopetegui on Oct 26 2011

For the book’s 40th anniversary, Blatty was finally able to polish the prose...and add new dialogue, but the new minor character of a Jesuit psychiatrist doesn’t add anything to the story, and you’ll likely forget the new scene faster than you can say “Regan.” All the rest, though, is as intense as it was in 1971

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SciFi Mafia

Excellent
on Oct 13 2011

With the storytelling gifts of a true master, Blatty crafts a riveting narrative that still retains the power to both terrify and edify its readers, including those who have come of age since its monumental debut.

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Helium

Above average
on Nov 14 2009

What I really, really love is that this book is not about a little girl being possessed and all the scary things that happen to her.

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Helium

Good
on Aug 11 2009

The Exorcist, is very well written, suspenseful seriously scary.

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Helium

Above average
on Mar 25 2008

This novel is great if you like philosophical discussions and investigating the validity of possession vs. mental illness.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Below average

Although THE EXORCIST was touted as a supernatural thriller, I found it to be a superficial bore.

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