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To ask other readers questions about The Exorcistplease sign up. Sabrina Why on earth would you read the exorcist to your 5 year old??? What is wrong with you??
Breyden Please work on your grammar. See all 37 questions about The Exorcist…. Lists with This Book. 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.
The Mysterious copy of The Exorcist. When 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 quickly, hit gravel, and rolled his car. 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 always had a paperback novel with him, usually of the horror genre, and he would studiously ignore us and read his book. It was called The Exorcist. 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 more trouble than normal. He scared the crap out of us. Those 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. 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.
Blatty went back through and polished and rewrote and even added a critical scene oibro the book. It was released in time for the fortieth anniversary edition. William Peter Blatty looking like he is ready for his blqtty call for a spaghetti western. The Dodge City Public library, they never has anything I absolutely need immediately, had a copy of the fortieth anniversary edition. 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 more fun to write a review for.
So if you have thoughts of reading this book make sure you read the fortieth wikliam edition because as Blatty stated. 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.
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
He is damaged, dark, and brooding Jason Miller is Damien Karras in the movie. He dared not love again and lose. That loss was too great, that pain too keen. He bowed his head and placed the willkam Host in his mouth, where in a moment it would stick in the dryness of his throat.
And of his faith.
He fathers forth whose beauty is past change. 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 libroo possessed. Unless I somehow missed that part.
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. Karras shifted his gaze to the tangled libeo thickly matted hair; to the wilpiam arms and legs and distended stomach jutting up so grotesquely; then back to the eyes: Iconic shot from the movie. The church has a priest who had performed the last exorcism in 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 wonder eoxrcista demand fl priests and their knowledge of exorcisms went up exponentially. The tour of s horror will continue with Jaws. 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. Exorcism House in St. Louis If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http: View all comments.
Curiosity compels you to read this! If I’d think only on the raw reading experience, I would say that it was a 3-star material. HoweverI 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 rating. Certainly due all t Curiosity compels you to read this! You watched the film, and then you’ll appreciate even more 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 quickly. Since, may be not the best horror novel that I’ve ever read, And my case wasn’t any different.
I have watched the three film versions: 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 more fresh on my mind. It’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 novel. While 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.
On the film, you never have doubt that there is a demon inside of Regan, So, not so ironically, in the same way that you have faith to believe in God, well, the story requires of you to have “faith” to believe in the existence of The Devil. That, 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 asylum.
So, 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 quite 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 before.
Moreover, 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.
Since while I invest only two hours to watch the movie, I can invest like a week or more 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 info, I 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 more and more 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 doubt. Maybe you don’t believe in The Devil or in God even, but don’t worry, Many people are atheists until they have to face a demon by themselves. And 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 us.
Since some others may call as unrealistic, to believe in gods or higher powers,