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„ღმერთი ჩვენ არასდროს გველაპარაკება... ხოლო ეშმაკს კი... – კრისმა თავი ასწია და დაიერს თვალებში შეხედა, – ის კი სულ სხვა საქმეა... ეშმაკის არსებობას ალბათ უფრო დავიჯერებდი, მართალს გეუბნებით!.. და ალბათ მჯერა კიდეც... იცით, რატომ? ეშმაკი ყოველი ფეხის ნაბიჯზე საკუთარი თავის რეკლამას ცდილობს.''📚 „ხმელეთზე გადმოსულს (იესოს) შემოხვდა ერთი ქალაქელი კაცი, რომელსაც დიდი ხანია ეშმ„ღმერთი ჩვენ არასდროს გველაპარაკება... ხოლო ეშმაკს კი... – კრისმა თავი ასწია და დაიერს თვალებში შეხედა, – ის კი სულ სხვა საქმეა... ეშმაკის არსებობას ალბათ უფრო დავიჯერებდი, მართალს გეუბნებით!.. და ალბათ მჯერა კიდეც... იცით, რატომ? ეშმაკი ყოველი ფეხის ნაბიჯზე საკუთარი თავის რეკლამას ცდილობს.''📚 „ხმელეთზე გადმოსულს (იესოს) შემოხვდა ერთი ქალაქელი კაცი, რომელსაც დიდი ხანია ეშმაკნი ჰყავდა... ჰკითხა მას იესომ: რა გქვია სახელად? ხოლო მან მიუგო: ლეგიონი.“ – ახალი აღთქმის ეს ცნობილი პასაჟი ეპიგრაფად უძღვის უილიამ ბლეტის ამ რომანს. თუ რატომ, ამას მკითხველი სათაურითვე ადვილად მიხვდება. ავტორის თქმით, სადღაც მეცნიერებასა და ზებუნებრივს შორის სხვა სამყაროა და მისი შეცნობა მხოლოდ გონებით შეუძლებელია. მით უმეტეს, ადამიანი უძლურია, თუ ეს სამყარო თავის წარმომადგენელს დედამიწაზე გზავნის და მოზარდის სხეულში შეასახლებს. სწორედ მაშინ დაისმის კითხვა: სად მთავრდება რეალობა და სად გადის ზღვარი მეცნიერებასა და ზებუნებრივს შორის? ამ კითხვაზე საიტერესო პასუხს გვთავაზობს უილიამ პიტერ ბლეტი – ადამიანი, რომელიც მთელი ცხოვრება წერდა ფსიქიკაზე მოქმედ დემონებზე, თავად კი მსგავს ლიტერატურას არასოდეს კითხულობდა.წიგნის მიხედვით 1973 წელს გადაიღეს ფილმი, რომელმაც არაერთი, მათ შორის კინოაკადემიის უმაღლესი ჯილდო დაიმსახურა....

Title : ეგზორცისტი
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Number of Pages : 580 Pages
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ეგზორცისტი Reviews

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    2019-03-16 08:52

    ”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 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. 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 more 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 enraptured.He 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 books.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. 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 western.The 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 more 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 brooding...a 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 intensity.No, it’s bread! It’s nothing but bread!He 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 things,For skies of couple-color as a brindled cow;For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;Fresh-fire-coal chestnut falls; finches’ wings...He fathers forth whose beauty is past change.Praise 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 grotesquely; then back to the eyes: they were watching him...pinning him...”Transformed!!!Terrifying stuff!”Requested 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 movie.The 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 more 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 more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http://www.jeffreykeeten.comI also have a Facebook blogger page at:https://www.facebook.com/JeffreyKeeten

  • Alejandro
    2019-03-01 06:59

    Curiosity compels you to read this!THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILSIt 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 material.However, 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 rating.Certainly due all those deeper details in the original book, I think that novel & movie make an irresistible combo to do.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,......but certainly the book has......something to compel you to read it, and have it a huge respect to it.MOVIE V. BOOK: DAWN OF POSSESSIONI am not surprised if almost any reader has watched the film before reading the novel.. ...And my case wasn't any different.I 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 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.PLAYING DEVIL'S ADVOCATESo, 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 scenes.On the film, you never have doubt that there is a demon inside of Regan,......but in the novel, there are plausible scenarios causing suspicions on other characters, with the chance of a more rational explanation. 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. SPEAKING OF THE DEVILThat's exactly what I expect when I decide to read a book (original novel or novelization) when I already watched the film adaptation.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,......certainly then, it was well invested time.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,......since 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 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,......for me, not believing in some higher power, I'd call it as sad.Believe in God. Beware of The Devil. Both are real, not matter if you believe in them or not.Getting back to the book, I recommend the novel for any fan of the film and wishing to get a deeper developement on the story.P.S. (Updated Jan, 13th, 2017)I 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.

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-02-20 02:33

    I think I'm ready. . . Help!Well, 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 sagged.He bowed his head. It was coming. He stared at the dust and the quickening 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 Howdy."Then 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 more detailed, disturbing stuff. Now I can only read normal horror for awhile!! Enjoy!!!!MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List

  • Stephen
    2019-03-09 04:31

    A masterpiece...unqualified, unadulterated and unequaled. How better to describe the definitive, 40th Anniversary edition of one of THE classic horror novels of the 20th century...rendered in audio format and narrated with passion, verve and pitch-perfect delivery by William P. Blatty himself.I’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 more 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 quick “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 we....Movie was Better than the Book:(***Warning: shots from the film below may be shocking to some***)The 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 with:1. 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 adequately convey. The mismatched, demonic eyes...the pasty, cracked and scrobiculated skin, the raspy “Barry White with a head cold” voice...it’s enough to cause temporary motor ataxia. The book, as good as it was, could not match this kind of visual perfection for visceral terror.2. 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 Movie:In 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 mind.1. Again, the Writing: I know, I know...I 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. 2The 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 quote: “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 that...a 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 question 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 more 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. 5.0 stars. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!I

  • Amalia Gavea
    2019-03-18 03:32

    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 light.So, 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 more immediate and the images more powerful. Certain infamous scenes of the film are a lot more graphic and highly disturbing in the book.As 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 questions, 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 drawer.So, 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 scene(view spoiler)[Yes, the spider-walk...It's in the book, obviously, and may I say, it is even creepier than in the film. I had nightmares with this... (hide spoiler)]

  • Delee
    2019-03-01 03:00

    THE EXORCIST is on quite a few of my favorite lists.I have read this book once before, and I own- and have watched the movie numerous times. This time I listened to the audio book.It is my favorite movie poster.It has one of my favorite "the making of" documentaries. It's in my top ten favorite movie list, and top five favorite horror movie list...and now that I have listened to the audio book. Favorite audio book...by far.William Blatty's voice is like butter...slathered on the perfect horror filled bagel with cream cheese.Georgetown, Washington:Chris 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 attic.Regan starts receiving messages from Captain Howdy- who at first, Chris sees as a harmless invisible playmate..until frightening things start happening in Regan's room.After 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 daughter...and 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 before.THE EXORCIST- I can't recommend it enough. The movie...the book, and now the audio book. Go!! Now!! Watch! Read! Listen! I beg of you.

  • Rinda Elwakil
    2019-03-11 06:31

    لما نزل يسوع إلي الشاطئ قابله رجل من المدينة استحوذت شياطين عليه.. لطالما أذته وتخطفته، وكثيرًا ما كان يكبل بالقيود والسلاسل.. لكنه كان يكسر القيود، ولم يكن يقوي أحد علي كبحِه، سأل يسوع الشيطان قائلًا: "ما اسمك؟"، فقال: "اِسمنَا ليچون، لأننا كَثير . ****************************"وليصل إليك صراخي".. **************************رواية كهذه، تلزمك فترة نقاهة بعد إتمامها لتعود مجددا وتقرأ، وحتي تري الأمور بالشكل الجديدهل تظن أنك ستقرأ رواية رعب كلاسيكية؟غير صحيحهذه رواية نفسية من الطراز الأول، عندما شاهدت الفيلم المقتبس عن الرواية لم أنبهر به علي الإطلاقولم اخطئ كثيرًا وقتها غير أني أغفلت أن بلاتي كان له السبق و من عباءته خرجت كل الأفلام عن الاستحواذ، لكن الرواية! يا الله الرواية!ظلمت ظلما بينا عندما أقتص منها أجزاء وأجزاء لتصبح سيناريو فيلم محتملشخصية القس الذي فقد إيمانه/الطبيب النفسي من أكثر شخصيات الروايات التي قرأتها عمقًا، والتي ظلمها الفيلم كثيرًا كثيرًا.رواية كتبت علي يد طبيب نفسي محترف، وقس يسوعي محترف، وطارد أرواح محترف، وباحث تاريخي محترف هل تظن أنك ستقرأ رواية مرعبة عن شياطين تتخطف بشرًا وتحيل حياتهم حجيما بعض الوقت ثم يأتي قس بصليب ضخم و قنينة ماء مقدس وإنجيل يقرأ منه بصوت زاعق فتنتهي المأساة وتزهر الزهور ويعيش الجميع في سلام؟ليس صحيحًا..ستعيش أياما مع كريس ماكنيل الأم المكلومة التي لا تعلم ماذا حل بابنتها الوحيدة، ستشفق علي الأب كاريس، الطبيب النفسي والقس اليسوعي ذو العينين الحزينتين و القلب المكسور، ستتبع خطي كارل المسكين خادم الأسرة الكتوم الذي كان علي استعداد أن يضحي بنفسه حتي ينقذ فتاة صغيرة، وستضيع في المحيط البادي في عينيّ الأب ميرين، وسيخطر ببالك ألف سؤال لكنك لن تنطق بأحدهما و ستتمني لو كان بإمكانك أن تريح رأسك علي كتفه مطمئنا لأن الله قد سمع صراخك وأرسل لك بالعون. ************************************* (يارب..أنا لست أهلًا أن تدخل تحت سقفي، فقط قل كلمة، وستبرأ روحي.) ***************************************-ما الغرض من الاستحواذ؟ ما الغاية؟من يعرف؟ بل من حتي يأمل أن يعرف؟ ورغم ذلك أظن أن هدف الشيطان ليس الضحية الممسوسة ذاتها، إنما نحن..من يري..كل فرد في هذا المنزل. أظن أن غايته أن يجعلنا نيأس، أن ننبذ إنسانيتنا يا داميان، أن نري أنفسنا وحوشا، أخساء وعفنين بلا كرامة، قبحاء. تافهين. هنا يكمن جوهر الأمة كله ربما: في الشعور بأننا غير جديرين. لأن الإيمان بالله كما أظن ليس مسألة عقل ومنطق علي الإطلاق، بل هو مسألة حب في النهاية، قبول احتمال أن الرب قد يظل يحبنا أبدًا.حوار بين الأب ميرين والأب كاريس. **************************************************ما الاستحواذ؟أن يتلبس الشخص الذي عرفته روحًا تحيله شخصًا آخر، هنا في الرواية تلبست ريغان روح غاضبة كانت تجعلها تتحدث بلغات لا تعرفها تفيض بالبذاءات وتسير مقلوبة كالعنكبوت وتلتف رأسها حول محورها وصار بجسدها قوة عاتية تطرح بها أرضا أربعة بالغين..ربما نحن من لم نفهم الاستحواذ، يتبادر إلي أذهاننا شياطين عاتية تتخطف بشرًا و تحيلهم لشئ سواهم ولا سبيل لردعهم غالبا إن لم نؤمن..ولكن؟ أليس فعل الشيطان، أليس الاستحواذ هو الطيش؟ الضغائن التافهة؟ سوء الفهم؟ الكلام الجارح الذي يقفز غير مدعوّ علي لسان الأصدقاء والعشاق والأزواج حتي تنظر في حيرة وقلبك ينفطر ألمًا و تتساءل إن كان هذا هو الشخص الذي عرفته دومًا؟ هل كان طوال الوقت يحمل بداخله تلك القدرة علي ايذاءك؟إذا وجد هذا بمقدار كاف لن نصبح في حاجه للشيطان لكي نؤجج معاركنا، سنكون نحن أكثر من اللازم. ******************************************* و الشكر موصول وواجب للمترجم نادر أسامة علي الترجمة الرائعة، وعلي ترجمته للنسخة المنقحة التي أخبر بلاتي بعد أن أعاد كتابتها تقريبًا أن هذه النسخة التي يحب أن يتذكره بها العالم.الرواية المقتبسة عن قصة حقيقة حدثت مبكرا في ذلك العصر وتلاها أعمال تدنيس متكررة للكنيسة فيما عرف وقتها بالقداس الأسود، الذي كان يهان فيه كل رمز ديني والذي ذكر في الرواية تفصيليا مما أثار غضب الكثيرون وقت صدورها وأتهمت بالتجديف والازدراءكان بطل الحادثة الأصلية صبيّ، تم ليّ أحداث القصة لتصبح البطلة فتاة يافعة، في إشارة لأن الأنثي هي غالبًا مطمع الشيطان، وكأن العالم بإناسه وشياطينه اتفق أن يعاقب الإناث لأنهن إناث :))وبعدها أصبحت تلك قاعدة غير منصوص عليها، وأصبحت شخصيات البطولة في أعمال الاستحواذ بنسبة تتعدي التسعين في المائة فتيات مراهقات أو سيدات، وإن حدثت الصدفة وكان البطل رجلًا يعزي الأمر غالبًا للمرض النفسي أو الهيستيريا أو السرنمة أو ايا كان ، كما في رعب أميتي فايل وأفلامه الشهيرة.**************************************كتب ويليام بيتر بلاتي رواية أخري تدعي "ليجون" امتداد لطارد الأرواح الشريرة تحولت لفيلم بدورها عام 2009 وهناك فيلم آخر بنفس الاسم لم يلاق رواجا كبيرا علي الرغم من جودته يدعي:The exorcist,the beginningيحكي الأخير عن قصة الأب ميرين ولقاؤه الأول مع الشيطان بازوزو في أرض العراق بعدما استقال من وظيفته كقس وعمل في التنقيب عن الآثار علي إثر تعرضه لأزمة زعزعت ايمانهلينك مشاهدة لهذا الفيلم المظلوم:http://www.dardarkom.com/28888-watch-... **************************************بيتر بلاتي، يا لها من طريقة يتذكرك بها العالميا لها من طريقة لنيل الخلود.5-5-2017

  • Kemper
    2019-02-26 04:44

    You gotta be impressed with a book that inspires a movie that managed to turn entire generations off of pea soup.Chris MacNeil is an actress who is filming a movie in Georgetown when her young daughter Regan starts to exhibit bizarre behavior, and when medical science fails to provide any answers she turns to Father Damien Karras for blah, blah, blah, blah. There’s no point in a plot summary because we all know the set up on this one. It’s also one of those books where the film version has become so well known that it’s nigh on impossible to separate the two versions. In fact, I don’t see how anybody could read this without hearing Tubular Bells in their head. So just to get this out of the way: The movie is better. That’s not to say that the book is bad. Blatty does a very good job of putting us in a normal early ‘70s setting, and then he slowly turns the dials up from what seem to be mild annoyances to the point where Regan has been turned into a head-spinning puppet of the devil. I particularly liked how there’s a systematic investigation of all the non-supernatural explanations for Regan’s behavior, and that when the subject of an exorcism is first brought up it’s presented as a kind of psychological shock treatment rather than a needed religious ritual. The book has more of an underlying theme of questioning whether Regan is possessed that the movie lacks in part because once you see that kid’s demonic features and her head spin all the way around on screen, you know it’s supernatural in origin. Whereas the book can spend more time on the whole question of whether she is or isn’t while making the answer more a bit more ambiguous.Father Karras, a Jesuit psychiatrist suffering from his own crisis of faith, is also a great character to eventually put in the middle of this, and the way he swings from doubt to belief is well done. It’s also a nice twist that he’s kind of secretly hoping that Regan does have a demon in her because it would validate his beliefs. That doesn’t prevent him from questioning everything and seeking hard evidence to prove it. However, I did get a laugh that at this point in the ‘70s Blatty thought there was enough evidence for the existence of ESP to have Karras consider things like telepathy and telekinesis possible without being demonic in nature. So it’s a solid horror story that plays more with the suspense of making you question what’s happening to Regan rather than just making you ascared of the Devil like the movie does. One personal note: I had been meaning for a while to reread the old paperback I’ve had for years as part of my Rubbermaid Treasure reviews, but I just never seemed to get around to it. Then Audible had this on sale shortly before Halloween so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally get it done. It was only after downloading it that I learned that this version is actually the 40th anniversary edition in which the author rewrote parts of it, and since I last read The Exorcist something like 25 years ago I have no idea how much it differs from the original. So already this thing has turned from a simple gimmick review to what felt like a pain in the ass.Since I don’t have the time and/or patience to figure out all the differences I won’t dig into that, but I’m not calling it a Rubbermaid Treasure either since it’s technically a different book. I know that nobody but me cares about the stupid internal logic I use, but it nags at me if I don’t explain what I’m doing and why. I’ll also note that Blatty himself is the narrator for most of it, and it confirms my belief that most authors just shouldn’t read their own works aloud. Blatty isn’t the worst I’ve heard, and he seems to delight in evil laughter and doing the demon voice, but this really could have used a professional actor/narrator. It’s even weirder that he reads the Regan parts early on, but then a woman is brought in to do a child’s voice later to speak and sing as Regan’s ‘actual’ voice once she is possessed. It’s just jarring.

  • Mia Nauca
    2019-03-21 05:42

    El exorcista es, sin lugar a dudas, el libro más terrorífico que he leído. Recordemos que el miedo es subjetivo, y mi debilidad siempre han sido las posesiones satánicas. No me esperaba el análisis psiquiátrico ni las explicaciones psicológicas para enfrentarnos a las posibles explicaciones de las "posesiones", pensé, que habría mucha religión involucrada y actos de fe, pero me encontré con razonamientos lógicos que la verdad nos dejan a todos una sensación de: ¿ok entonces, todo está en la cabeza o de verdad existe el diablo?Es un libro completamente engatusador y repugnante que me dejó realmente perturbada pero ¿en el buen sentido? Una obra maestra

  • Ginger
    2019-02-26 02:47

    I’m not going to go too much into a review of this book. I’m sure most of you have seen the movie.If you found the movie scary, the book is more horrifying in some ways. I think it's because your imagination is in overdrive. There were scenes in the book that had me cringing, gasping and I was totally creeped out. Also, the description of Black Mass was disturbing and I was on Wiki to look up more information. Holy Catholic hell?!High point of the book for me: All conversations with the demon and the slow, devastating change of Regan. Jiminy Christmas!Low point of the book for me: Lieutenant Kinderman (just couldn't get into the character) and too much information on Father Karras’s background. I'm not sure why I didn't want his background. I guess I just wanted him to finally get to the action of saving Regan. I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one because the backstory was crucial to his faith.The movie at the end scared the bejesus out of me, but not as much with the book. So because of this, I’m giving the book 4.5 stars instead of the full 5. The Hollywood special effects at the end of the movie must have really scared the shit out of me.Overall, The Exorcist is a creepy and chilling classic. I really enjoyed this book and this is a must read for horror lovers!

  • Leo .
    2019-02-28 04:39

    What a fantastic and scary but fascinating book. The film with Linda Blair and Max Von Sydow was so far ahead of its time. I was just a young boy when the film was released and remember that there was heaps of controversy at the time. Ambulances and police were rushing to theatres because people were fainting and screaming with hysteria. In some extreme cases priests were called. I know that the film was back in theatres a while ago and my partner and I went to see it again with our nephew and niece. They were both in their twenties back then and I recall them laughing all the way through the film. I guess times and tastes have changed. The book is great and the original film too, whatever the younger generation may think. The new TV series is good though, I must admit. I think it stars Ben Daniels as the priest.🐯👍

  • Maureen
    2019-03-19 09:59

    Scared the heck out of me !!

  • Lyn
    2019-02-28 02:43

    Boil it all down and The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty is about faith. There is the demonic possession of Regan McNeil and the horrors that are described as a part of that invasion, the night and day distinction between a young girl and the maniacal, infernal force that changed her. Also fascinating to read is the reactions of the family and friends of the girl and the forced dynamic of this group experiencing such an outrage. Then there is the psychological questions, the detective work piecing all the fragments of evidence together and even a couple of interesting sub-plots. There is the great struggle between the elder exorcist and his devilish foe. But what drives this work; the central focus is not the blasphemy going on in Regan’s bedroom, but the spiritual conflict taking place within Father Karras. Blatty has crafted an intricately complete allegory about the modern divergence between strictly rational scientific thought and the traditional ideas about faith and religion. Karras, a Jesuit priest who is also a Harvard trained psychiatrist, is the living embodiment of this diametric clash, not between good and evil but between uncompromising faith and logically defined scientific knowledge. Karras wants the possession, wants to know that a demon has taken up residence in the child, because this will be his definitive sign from God that his faith is real. Finally, in the peaceful words of Father Merrin, the exorcist, Karras finds absolution from his doubts. The obscene heresies graphically described by the author will keep most people of faith away, but for those who can get through this well-written work of speculative fiction, the result may be a strengthening of faith.

  • Anish Kohli
    2019-03-16 07:37

    “I think belief in God is not a matter of reason at all; I think it finally is a matter of love: of accepting the possibility that God could ever love us.” An unexpected and unplanned BR with The newly minted Kaz and Inej lover, The closeted lady reviewer and The guy with STILL no profile picture. Thank you guys, for leaving me in the dust such a nice time!Phew! What a crazy and scary read!What can I say about the book that’s not been said a million times over? I mean it’s been out there for decades and its famous and well received to say the least. So what am I supposed to add to it? Nothing. Well, this book? I happened to pick it up even when I hadn’t planned to and boy am I glad I did! The important question first! Was it scary? Why, you ask? Riddle me this:Have you lost control over something? Have you ever been in a situation where you could only watch things go to shit and you couldn’t do a thing about it? I bet it made you feel helpless, didn’t it?Now close your eyes and imagine this little thing...Imagine, being trapped inside your own head. Imagine someone or rather something take control of your life. Your BODY! Imagine not being able to be heard, or seen. Imagine seeing your hands killing or hurting someone, maybe even someone close to you, and not being able to stop it. Imagine your own body being ravaged at your own hands but at the will of something else! Imagine seeing a loved one being contorted out of shape, physically and mentally, to an extent where you don’t recognize them anymore. Imagine a loved one acting in ways you can’t even comprehend. Imagine being scared by someone you love. Imagine, hoping for a rational explanation, something your mind can process and accept. Imagine being denied and being forced to accept something you couldn’t think possible. Are you scared yet? You should be!I think sometimes people focus on just one thing. Scare factor is not just the Demon/Spirit or what horrible or gory acts they perform. The very notion and concept of possession is a horrifying one! The idea of a family to see a member suffer and change in such a way is terrifying! For me, that’s the real scare factor. The transformation of a person in a way that they aren’t the recognizable anymore. And in my humble opinion, the author has captured all of it perfectly! The writing of this book is bloody beautiful! It’s done so nicely. And not just that the prose is pretty. The details in the book are very rich and amazing. This is not a straight up ‘oh well, that’s a demonic possession, let’s go for an exorcism’ thing. There is an exhaustive detail of doctors trying to figure out what’s wrong with the lovely Regan, a 12 year old who seems to be acting out. Theories of a physical illness transform into theories of a mental illness. Drugs being administered and tests being performed. Hoping for a result that makes sense. But to no avail. And when all hope is fleeting, the realization of the only road that is left to tread. “Could it be? wondered Karras. Could the only hope for Regan be the ritual of exorcism?” The book has only a small set of characters which are wonderfully shaped and so distinct and real. Their relationship with other characters make sense and is well done too. The character of Chris, Regan’s mother, is amazing. I loved her character and all the emotions that were portrayed through her. Damien Karras is a strong and intense character with just the right amount of skepticism to make him real. I loved how his mental status was outlined. His guilt and tiredness. His ever consuming desire to be rid of his duties and yet, to be able to help people. A heavy burden to bear.Best of all though? The character of the demon itself. The portrayal of the evil entity. It was filled with malevolence, hatred and disgust. Treating others with impunity and the air of superiority. It was simply put, spooky!! There were multiple scenes that were just absolutely stellar in their own ways by either being super creepy or grotesque. One of them was the first encounter between Damien and Regan the thing in the room! The dialogue were crisp and very very on point. “Well, then, maybe we should introduce ourselves. I’m Damien Karras. Who are you?” “I’m the Devil!” But obviously, I think the best and the craziest were the staircase scene and the one with the Crucifix! They just creeped me out!I have to make a special mention about the last chapter of part two, which alternates between the present ongoings and the conversations that Chris has had with the doctors regarding Regan. It was masterfully done and was completely delectable! I loved how that chapter coalesced and that was the part where the book started picking up pace and things started becoming abysmal!Honestly, I did not see the point of Father Merrin’s character, especially considering the sort of ending that was executed.The ending, for me atleast, was a negative point in a way. I did not get the answer to the ‘why’ of it all and then the way it did end, it added another ‘why’ to the existing one. Also in essence, I think the ending is a negative one. There is no clear win of good over evil and so it leaves things open to interpretation. The feel of it though, the need of Karras’s character to save himself of the overwhelming guilt by helping others, is only reinforced and goes to further show that the ones who so willingly help others, sometimes they need help too. Sometimes they need attention too. “We mourn the blossoms of May because they are to wither; but we know that May is one day to have its revenge upon November, by the revolution of that solemn circle which never stops—which teaches us in our height of hope, ever to be sober, and in our depth of desolation, never to despair.”

  • Maciek
    2019-02-26 03:38

    Having recently seen a film called The Last Exorcism, I decided it was finally time to read the first exorcism, the one which made masses of people interested in demonic posessions, scared the beejesus out of readers and was made into one of the best films ever.I've seen the film several times, though I've never read the book. I always assumed that it was a cheap potboiler, heavy on shock value (who can forget the green vomit?) and thin on everything else. I was totally wrong. The Exorcist is a classic - but it is a good classic; it's not The Castle of Otranto or The Monk, both of which haven't exactly stood the test of time; The Exorcist is a classic in the way of Rosemary's Baby or I Am Legend, both of which will be remembered and savored by generations of readers in years to come.Since its original publication in the 1971 (what a shock that must have been), the genre known as "horror" expanded broadly, and people's tolerancy towards controversy and shock in fiction has vastly increased. So what does make The Exorcist still so strong a novel after almost forty years since its first printing?It's not the shock, nor the scare; The Exorcist was written when no one even thought about countless horror movies and novels that would be so cheap and poor that they'd make people think twice before watching/reading something that would be dubbed with that name. Falls of blood and mountains of dead bodies succesfully dimmed any scares and frights that the reader could have experienced when he was reading this novel in the early 70's. No, no; what affects us so strongly is the inner turmoil of people who live in this text. It's not the monster; it's those he's after. The scary things get old easily and are quickly succeeded by even more scary and gruesome creatures and concepts; the people dealing with them stay the same. Each decade, each year a new icon of evil is introduced and abolished, but fear...fear stays the same.The plot of The Exorcist is widely known to practically everyone, but if you haven't read the book or seen the movie I strongly encourage you to do both - in that order - and then come back to read my ramblings. HERE THERE BE A DISCUSSION WHICH REVEALS PLOT POINTS AND THE CONCLUSION OF THE NARRATIVE.The Exorcist opens in northern Iraq, at an excavation site where we first meet Father Lankester Merrin, an elderly priest who's the leader of the excavation dig and has just came upon an interesting discovery - a small statue of a demon juxtaposed with a St.Joseph medal. Father Merrin feels the omen of an ancient, malevolent force looming over him.Meanwhile, in Georgetown, a young girl named Regan MacNeil becomes inexplicably ill. The enrgetic and happy child drastically changes and her mind seems to slowly deteriorate. But to her mother, Chris, something is wrong with Regan on an entire different level - strange noises are heard, objects move in her room. Chris seeks medical help, but the doctors can't find evidence for their theory about Regan's condition being caused by a lesion in the temporal lobe of the brain.Regan's condition worsens - she spits countless obscenities and starts speaking in several languages - and the most shocking image of all: she masturbates with a crucifix. She has strapped down to the bed for her own protection as well as of those around her - Regan's strenght is almost inhuman. The figure bound to the bed doesn't even resemble Regan - it claims to be the devil himself.Desperatedly, non-religious Chris turns to the Jesuit priesthood for help - she wants an exorcism to be performed on her daughter. Enter Father Damien Karras.The descriptions of Regan's demonic behavior - the famous 180 turn of her head - are not as impacting as they were in the 70's, but they still serve their duty well. However, as I said before, it is not the physical manifestation of the demon that is important - it's how people deal with the posession.Chris asks Father Karras to perform an exorcism - an ages old ritual used by the Church to purge the demons out of the posessed. Father Karras explains that a priest cannot simply perform an exorcism and has to get a persmission from the Church - speaking simply, he needs evidence. Father Karras is reluctant to approach his superiors - he is struggling with his own innter turmoil. The horrible sense of betraying his mother as he left her old and alone to enter the priesthood, with scatters of his childhood memories that deepen his sense of guilt. The Father doubts his faith, and he struggles to keep his belief. We see him as an emotional and troubled being, for whom a request to perform the ancient ritual comes as something totally unexpected and irrational. It is the Priest who encourages the non-believing mother to seek out medical help. The priest doesn't want to perform the exorcism, he wants Regan's case to be scientifically explainable; he wants to think of the exorcism as a forgotten superstition of past times. He seeks proof to encourage the woman that her daughter's condition can be healed medically, taunts what he believes to be Regan's unconsciousness taking the form of "demons" about whom she's heard or read in books. But his quest takes an unexpected turn when he sees two words appearing on Regan's stomach, like stigmatas: HELP MEFather Karris turns to the Church for the persmission to do the exorcism, and it is granted to him though he's not allowed to actually perform the ritual. He will be the assistant to Father Merrin, who is revealed to have been suspecting the encounter all along - it's revealed that a long time ago he performed an exorcism in Africa, and it's suggested that the exorcism has wounded him physically, though not spiritually. Father Merrin is a figure that provides comfort and solace to the troubled, but he is old; when he faces the demon it recognizes him, and mocks the elderly priest by saying that this time he will lose. Nevertheless, Father Merrin and Father Karras set out to perform the exorcism.The lenghty ritual tires the priests, both physically and mentally. Father Merrin is strong spiritually but his flesh is long past its prime; though he's desperate to perform the ritual till the demon is exorted, his body fails him and he dies before the demon is casted out.The demon lavishes in his victory, mocking the dead priest; but it is this moment where wheels are turned. The demon is arrogant and pitiless, doesn't consider Father Karras a worthy opponent because it detected doubt in him; however, it is Father Karras who will defeat him. After seeing Father Merrin's sacrifice, Karras decides to give his life for the life of the posessed girl. The demon operates by low means, occuping innocent, defensless children to gain its goals, and it doesn't even acknowledge the idea of selfless love displayed by the priest for the girl. The demon outmathced both priest in a spiritual duel, because of Father Karras's doubt; but faith is more than a matter of doubt, it is goodness and selflesness that is displayed by Father Karras in the ending sequences. The demon is not even sucpecting the troubled priest to be able for such sacrifice and when Father Karras becknons him to enter his body, he lets go of the girl and accepts the invitation; Father Karras uses the remains of his strenght to jump out of the window, and dies at the pavement.In the finale of this dramatic conclusion Father Karras is not brought back to life by God, as some could have expected; he's dying fast, but he dies fulfilled, having captured the demon within him and therefore freeing the girl. He dies free of burden and guilt; his life had purpose, just like Regan's - The demon chose the girl to lure Father Merrin to face him, just as Father Karras was chosen to face the demon and defeat him. But chosen by whom? Blatty gives us the benefit of doubt and doesn't enforce any ideology on the reader, but he also gives us the benefit of hope by emphasizing the inner strenght of the human spirit and faith in the most dire conditions.I'm glad I've finally read The Exorcist, though I'm also glad I waited so long to do it. The novel offers an insight into the mind and soul of the tragically troubled character of Father Karras, a profound vision that is much more fascinating that all of the demons combined. It illustrates how fragile human spirit can be, but also how strong when it is armed with love and purpose. Heartily recommended.

  • Ghofran
    2019-02-18 06:45

    إن كنت ستقتني الكتاب بناءًا على اسمه وعن العمل السينمائي الذي خرج منه، وأنت تمني نفسك بقراءة مرعبة كما كانت مشاهدتك للفيلم فلا أنصحك ولكن عندك أسباب أخرى تدعوك لإقنتاء هذا النص الكلاسيكي الرائع منها ..أولاً : الترجمة ولو تعرف كم تعني لي الكثير ! فَلَو انتظرت ترجمة هذا النص مثلي منذ كان عمرك سبعة عشر عامًا ستعرف كم كانت سعادتي عندما علمتُ بترجمته مما دعى أعز صديقاتي (ريندا الوكيل) لتهديني إياه يوم ميلادي وتحقق لي حلمًا طال إنتظاره علمًا بأني قبلها بيومٍ واحد وقبل أن اعرف بوجوده كنت أقول لها ألم يأن الآوان ليُترجم هذا النص !! كيف لم ينتبه له أحد ! وإذ بي أجده أمامي صباح الْيَوْمَ الثاني :)مترجم كامل متكامل كما يجب للترجمة أن تكون 👌🏻بحرفية قل نظيرها هذه الأيام وبمعرفة تامة بآداب الترجمة وبنظرة وقلم أديب وبمجهود شخص متفاني في عشق الأدب وبعربية منقحة تكاد تحسبها لغة النص الأصلية تمت ترجمة هذا النص ورغم كامل احترامي وتقديري لهذا المجهود في أمانة النقل والترجمة إلا أني توقفت كثيرًا عند سؤال بخصوص هذه النقطة لأي درجة يجب أن يكون المترجم أمينًا في ترجمته ؟ خاصةً عندما يكون أمام نص به الكثير من الكلمات المقززة والوصف المثير للغثيان هل عليه أن يُحد منها أم يلتزم بأمانة الترجمة ؟ ثانيا : أبعاد هذا العمل النفسية والإجتماعية فلم تكن الغاية أصلا من كتابته الرعب وأزعم أني لم أشعر به لحظة أثناء القراءةولكنه كان نص دقيق للغاية في رسم التفاصيل النفسية للقس اليسوعي كاريس الذي فقد إيمانه حتى لتذكرك هذه اللقطات النفسية بأسلوب فيدور ديستويفسكي وهو يصف أبسط خلجات ابطاله السيدة كريس ماكنيل .. الممثلة المشهورة وأم الفتاة المستحوذ عليها من الشيطان والتي لا تنتمي لأي دين فأول ما تصطدم تصطدم بشيطان يستحوذ على جسد ابنتها الوحيدة حتى ينتهي بها المطاف بطرق أبواب القساوسة بحثًا عن من يقوم بعملية طرد للأرواح ! ألم أقل لك أنها ليست قصة مرعبة ..💥إذًا ما الغرض من الإستحواذ ؟ ما الغاية ؟ أجابه ميرين : من يعرف ؟ بل حتى من يأمل أن يعرف ؟ ورغم ذلك، أظن أن هدف الشيطان ليس الضحية الممسوسة ذاتها، إنما نحن...من يُراقب .. كل فردٍ في هذا المنزل أظن أن غايته أن يجعلنا نيأس، أن ننبذ إنسانيتنا يا داميان، أن نرى أنفسنا وحوشًا في نهاية المطاف أخساء وعفنين بلا كرامة قُبحاء تافهين هنا يكمن جوهر الأمر كله ربما في الشعور بأننا غير جديرين لأن الإيمان بالله كما أظن ليس مسألة عقل ومنطق على الإطلاق، بل هو مسألة حب في النهاية قبول احتمال أن الرب قد يظل يحبنا أبدًا 💥 هى قصة ضياع الإيمان والإنسياق وراء العالم المادي لكل فرد في هذه الرواية قصة وحكاية هى في ذاتها استحواذ بشكلٍ أو بأخر، الإستحواذ ليس دائمًا شيطان من عالم خارجي ولكنه في الأغلب يكون شيطان من العالم الداخلي ولأني في الأصل قرأتها بسبب جانبها الماورائي فكانت أيضًا ممتعة ليست مرعبة ولكن تبعث إحساس غريب في النفس محبب لدى من يعشق هذا النوع من الأدب ويكفي أن خرجت منها كل هذه الأفلام الهوليودية الممتعة عن الاستحواذ ولَم يلتفت أحد لرسالتها الأصلية ! ولكن هذا ليس شأني .. المهم أني قرأتها واستمتعت لأقصى درجة وأنها موجودة في مكتبتنا العربية أخيرًا وفِي مكتبتي خاصةً وأي شَيْءٍ آخر لا يهم 😌

  • Lou
    2019-02-27 08:53

    This is a really chilling and frightening story.There is nothing more powerful and engrossing than a story about a persons battle with their state of mind and Demons. In this frightening story you have a mother and her 12 year old daughters bond shaken, faced with a state of mayhem immersed in a struggle for survival and triumph over adversity, you just feel for them immensely and love for their solitude to prevail. The Jesuit priest also had a love for his deceased mother and guilt of not putting matters right with his mother. He's in a struggle to overcome his downfalls and darkness of past days on a path of resolution.The writing paints some much more better images in your mind, than those distant but quite fresh images i have of the movie, of those notorious scenes of a possessed young girl rotating her head and shout profanities and vomiting. This was a real page-turner of a story, well written gripping edge of seat, chilling human struggle."Head propped against a pillow while eyes bulging 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, hideous mask of mind-bending malevolence." "Chris stifled a gasp. Her daugther's features were contorting into a malevolent mask: lips pulling tautly into opposite directions, tumefied tongue lolling wolfish from her mouth.""she had noticed a sudden and dramatic change in her daughter's behavior and disposition. Insomnia. Quarrelsome. Fits of temper. Kicked things. Threw things. Screamed. Wouldn't eat. In addition, her energy seemed abnormal. She was constantly moving, touching, turning; tapping; running and jumping about. Doing poorly with schoolwork. Fantasy playmate. Eccentric attention-getting tactics.""The ancient Egyptians as well as the earliest civilizations of the Tigris and the Euphrates believed that physical and spiritual disorders were caused by invasion of the body by demons.""the others she had manifested clearly: the involuntary motor excitement; foul breath; furred tongue; the wasting away of the frame; the distended stomach; the irritations of the skin and mucous-membrane. And most significantly present were the basic symptoms of the hard core of cases which Oesterreich had characterized as "genuine" possession: the striking change in the voice and in the features, plus the manifestation of a new personality.""...In the Malay Archipelago, where possession is even today an everyday, common occurrence, the possessing spirit of someone dead often causes the possessed to mimic its gestures, voice and mannerisms so strikingly, that relatives of the deceased will burst into tears. But aside from so-called quasi-possession--- those cases that are ultimately reducible to fraud, paranoia and hysteria--- the problem has always lain with interpreting the phenomena, the oldest interpretation being the spiritist,an impression that is likely to be strengthened by the fact that the intruding personality may have accomplishments quite foreign to the first. In the demoniacal form of possession"Some trivia about the book and movie..Author William Peter Blatty once won $10,000 on the Groucho Marx show "You Bet Your Life". When Groucho asked what he planned to do with the money, he said he planned to take some time off to "work on a novel." This was the result.Cameo (William Peter Blatty): producer of the film that Chris is acting in; he's seen talking to Burke.William Peter Blatty based his novel on a supposedly genuine exorcism from 1949, which was partially performed in both Cottage City, Maryland, and Bel-Nor, Missouri. Several area newspapers reported on a speech a minister gave to an amateur parapsychology society, in which he claimed to have exorcised a demon from a 13-year-old boy named Robbie, and that the ordeal lasted a little more than six weeks. Robbie was born June 1, 1935, resided at 3807 40th Avenue in Cottage City, MD, and was a member of St. James Parish. He entered the seventh grade at Bladensburg Junior High in the fall of 1947, and was removed in the middle of his eighth grade year on January 15, 1949. He had experiences that ended on April 19, 1949. He re-enrolled in the eighth grade at Bladensburg Junior High for the 1949-50 school year, then spent from the fall of 1950 until June 1954 at Gonzaga High School in Washington, DC.There are tales about ominous events surrounding the year-long shoot, including the deaths of nine people associated with the production and stories about a mysterious fire that destroyed the set one weekend. Actors Jack MacGowran and Vasiliki Maliaros died before the film was released.Now for some imagery..Review also over here.

  • Paul Nelson
    2019-03-03 02:52

    The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty was released in 1971, we've all seen the subsequent film released in 1973, you might have read the book but an altogether different experience is guaranteed to scare the pants off you with the audiobook. Narrated by the author who won an Oscar for best writing/screenplay based on material from another medium for the Exorcist and I have to say this is easily the best production and performance from any audiobook that I've listened to. Powerfully gripping, a story that is truly frightening with characters that are riveting and completely absorbing. Every character was perfectly fleshed out, I both liked and likened the detective William Kinderman to Peter Falks Colombo always that one more question or insight. Forever bordering on annoying and continually grasping at straws but really enjoyable, the film doesn’t show any of that as well as the book. Damien Karras was superb, a compelling character that the film could never quite portray adequately enough and then the impact of Father Lankester Merrin and the attempted exorcism. One word fanfuckingtastic. Merrin has short page time but he is a significant presence all the same. Regan, lovely and sweet, for a short time anyway, until she starts to manifest different personalities and becomes quite the opposite of lovely and sweet. Vomiting, cursing and using a religious cross for a purpose altogether different to what it was intended for. This is demon possession horror and its done both horrifically well and with immense impact. From the different impersonations by the demon to the relationships of the characters entwined in the story, everything is perfect. Obviously this has been reviewed to death so this is more a profession of adoration for a masterpiece than a review and I really need to watch the film again it feels way to long since I last watched it. *Just watched it and rightly justified as one of the best horror films of all time but the book, well the book is even better, simple as that*. Absolutely nothing compares to this and it’s without doubt the best and easily my favourite horror story, in fact any bloody story. I rate it that highly and the audio narration by the author adds a level that's nigh on impossible to surpass in the realms of horror and audiobooks. Intense just doesn't seem to cover it. If it's been a good while since you last delved into The Exorcist then it might be time for a revisit. And I think another star is needed.Also posted at http://paulnelson.booklikes.com/post/...

  • Poonam
    2019-03-11 03:47

    This is my Book Of the Month- February 2017, with GR group- Horror Aficionados.I love watching horror movies and enjoy reading horror books even more. In horror genre, 'Ghost Stories' are my favorite genre and this book just 'Fit to a T'.Exorcist is one of the few horror movies that actually shocked and horrified me. And I was really excited to read the original book on which this cult classic was based. If you found the movie scary, the book is grosser and more horrifying in some ways.Maybe it's because the readers imagination is more vast than anything that can be shown on screen....There are few scenes that had me completely grossed out but this book is a definite page turner.The ending is something that I knew about (because of the movie) but still reading it gave me the chills (view spoiler)[ The sacrifice of Damien's life so that the evil spirit leaves Regan's body but in the end the spirit is not destroyed or we can't be sure it has been and will not attach to anyone else. At least it did not enter back into Regan's body is the only positive light in the end.... (hide spoiler)]If you like ghost stories this is a MUST read book.... P.S- Have you read any good ghost story books. I would love some recommendations from this genre.

  • Dirk Grobbelaar
    2019-03-21 06:01

    Satanic Panic in South Africa has its very own Wikipedia entry.Why? Because South Africans are notorious for finding evil under every stone. Toys, energy drinks, fantasy books and TV, certain sweets, music, films…. all are tools of the devil. It’s a free for all.Why is this relevant to this review?Satanic Panic was at its peak in the 80s, when I was young, and the one Horror Film we were absolutely forbidden to watch was The Exorcist. Needless to say, it was one of the first we sought to get a hold of, which proved to be a challenge in the town where I was raised. Despite being around since the early 70s none of the local video rentals stocked it (for reasons already mentioned). I can’t quite recall where we got it, but watch it we did, and it did scare the hell living daylights out of me. On the down side, I didn’t quite understand everything that was going on, especially toward the closing sequences of the story. And moreover, I couldn’t remember a lot of what had happened anyway, later. The years passed, and for some reason I never got around to watching the film again, even when the uncut and director’s cut versions were released and the film became readily available. I did, however, finally get around to reading the book. And damn it’s a good one.The first thing that I should probably mention is that the message in The Exorcist is actually very pro religion, so I’m not entirely sure what all the drama was about; the blasphemies uttered by the demon is only to be expected given the context of the story. Perhaps the graphical portrayal of one or two scenes was the problem. It’s interesting to note that the author of the book also worked on the screenplay of the film, which is why the two mediums are so true to each other (if memory serves).As for the book itself. It is beautifully written, and the slow build up serves it well. There is a lot of scientific and medical legwork (the exorcism itself is actually a last resort and only comes to play in the latter stages of the book). I found the whole affair quite believable and I enjoyed the book tremendously. Remember though, if you are intending to read this, it is still a horror book and it does make for some uneasy reading at times. It is considered a classic of the genre and for good reason.I should now go back and revisit the film.5 Stars

  • Horace Derwent
    2019-03-12 10:52

    on oct 26th 1987, an english professor bought this book in shanghai foreign book store at the price of rmb 6, as much as nearly rmb 200 this day i guesslast week i paid him rmb 100 for this book. the jacket is long gone, the bounding parched and cracked, but the paper is well preserved, better than i imagine, should be a nice bargainnow i'm the ultimate owner of it, no jacket, sorry, no pix but there's the first taiwanese edition, sept. 1974 :D

  • Cameron Chaney
    2019-02-23 03:42

    Such a classic. The writing is like popcorn, dialogue is realistic, the characters are likable while having unlikable characteristics, and there's plenty of moments that will either get under your skin or turn your stomach altogether (yes... that scene). Highly recommended!

  • Marie
    2019-03-13 03:54

    The book started out slow and for the first half of the book there was no real "scare" factor. Most of the book was no one believing that the daughter Ragan was possessed, but instead that she just had some psychological problems which were causing her transformation of an innocent girl to a stark raving lunatic. Most of the book was about the psycharists that were treating her and their thoughts about what was causing her mental illness. The book finally started picking up pace with more things happening regarding the possession of the daughter and then when the priests became involved with them trying to exorcise the demon, the book ramped up. As far as "leave the lights on scared" though this book is a classic, I did not find the atmospheric spooky, creepy feel that I was hoping to experience. In my opinon, I think the movie was far more scarier than the book. The movie freaked me out when I saw it and I wish the book had spawned that same terror for me while reading it, but I never felt the same "fear" within the book. Four stars for this one.

  • Avinash
    2019-03-13 03:48

    Not a genre I have explored before so there is nothing to compare this with, still I liked the book overall. The characters are good and the writing is even better. Thankfully I watched the movie ages ago, so i didn't remember anything at all, which probably acted as an added advantage. I felt it wasn’t as scary as I had expected, but definitely the horror element was managed quite well throughout the book.There was a time around the middle when I was feeling all GYANI because of the extra neurology, psychology and psychiatry detail but it was over before I might have started feeling the urge of putting the book down and getting degrees in those :PThere were only a limited set of characters but the relationship dynamics between each duo was quite different. They all had different shades, which made the book interesting and kept it from getting monotonous. The character of karl was intriguing for obvious reasons. As I said I don’t remember the movie much, so the twists and turns were keeping me invested in the book. Even the climax was a bit unexpected yet it was good, a satisfying one.But there were certain things which were more unexpected than the climax. For exp. How a horror book can end with that iconic line from Casablanca, yet it feels perfect. How on earth can three of my favourite lines from this book, not have anything to do with the major tone of this book. Is it an irony (or writer’s fault) that the best lines for me from this book were theseIf instead of just clayI could take all the prettiest thingsLike a rainbow,Or clouds or the way a bird sings,Maybe then, Mother dearest,If I put them all together,I could really make a sculpture of you.And then two more”The sun sinks to rise again; the day is swallowed up in the gloom of night, to be born out of it, as fresh as if it had never been quenched. Spring passes into summer, and through summer and autumn into winter, only the more surely, by its own ultimate return, to triumph over that grave towards which it resolutely hastened from its first hour. We mourn the blossoms of May because they are to wither; but we know that May is one day to have its revenge upon November, by the revolution of that solemn circle which never stops--- which teaches us in our height of hope, ever to be sober, and in our depth of desolation, never to despair.”"When a Jesuit dies," he explained to her, "we always have a feast. For him it's a beginning, so we celebrate."It’s something similar to liking a rainy day the most in December. Some people may find it strange, weird, out of place, even messy; but for me that’s pleasantly surprising.A must read for horror genre fans, but read it anyway even if you aren’t one.P.S. I want to thank the enthu trio for the awesome company and the race :P

  • Denisse
    2019-02-25 09:49

    A very addictive read, with some strong creepy scenes and dialogs. I swear, while reading this I was watching the movie in my head, the scariest parts are very similar in the book and some descriptions about the Black Mass where, simply put, disturbing. If that's what you're looking for, go ahead. Highly recommended, it is classic terror.No tengo ni idea de como se me cruzo por la cabeza la idea de leer esto, pero aqui estoy. LolEl libro El Exorcista, es justamente lo que la pelicula es; terror clasico sin mucha profundizacion pero con escenas muy interesantes. No hay desarrollo de personajes realmente, es solo terror/suspense muy bien hecho. Tiene escenas fuertes y bastante incomodas, con respecto a la religion, asi que si no te perjudica leer algo asi, pues te recomiendo el libro, sobretodo si te gusta la pelicula. No fue una adaptacion super fiel, pero respetan mucho el material original sobretodo con la ambientacion. Al final, para un lector "normal" seria solo una lectura entretenida y para pasar un buen rato. Pero si eres fan del genero, simplemente no puedes dejarlo pasar. Aunque sea leanlo por morbo xD

  • Edward Lorn
    2019-03-20 05:37

    Finally, the last book I read in 2015. All caught up now.Pssst... You've read four books this year, so, like, you're, you know, still behind...FUCK!Anyballs, here we are, decades after this book was released and the movie adaptation gave baby boomers nightmares. I've never been a fan of books wherein faith beats the baddie. Seems the fallback method for lazy horror authors. I mean, why come up with your own means of annihilating the monster when you have all this religion laying around? Of course, in this book, it works. It works because religion is integral to the plot. I get that, so I'm cool with the denouement. I'm in awe of Blatty's ability to create atmosphere and tension with the silliest villain dialogue I've read. Normally when someone tells me my mother sucks cocks in hell, I'd just laugh it off, because according to my father, Mom doesn't do that. So joke's on you! Ha! Wait... Sorry. TMI? That shit with the crucifix in the cooze, though? That shit was horrifying. I don't have lady bits and cannot fathom taking a block of wood to my vahjayjay, but I imagine it'd be up there with getting kicked in the dangly bits. Yowch!Side question: Do you ladies feel it in your guts when you're curbstomped in the nu-nu? Does it feel like someone just falcon-punched your ovaries? Or is it more a localized pain? Sore lips, and all that? Because us guys feel it in our stomachs. Damn near all the way up to our sternums. Anyfuck, I dug this book. It was fun, gross, and didn't overstay its welcome. I'd definitely read the followup.In summation: If you've seen the director's cut of the movie adaptation and haven't read this book, you're not missing much. There's a lot more inner thought, as you'd expect from a novel, but overall the movie is a quicker way to absorb the same content, as the author is the one who wrote and directed the movie. Me? I prefer the book simply because I enjoy books. Final Judgment: More fun than a cross to the babymaker.

  • Wayne Barrett
    2019-02-18 07:40

    What a thrilling, frightening ride!I first read the Exorcist in 1974 when I was only twelve years old. At that time the film had already hit the theaters and for those who lived during that era you will remember what a huge controversy the movie caused. My mother would not allow me to see the movie but she gave me the okay to read the book. The Exorcist has always held a special place in my heart because it is what I consider to be the first adult novel I ever read. I remember reading at night while at home alone and there were moments when I thought I was hearing noises outside and the sound of someone trying to open the backdoor. I know the term, frozen stiff, is real because I was so terrified that I wanted to run and hide but could not move. I went on from there discovering a world of literature and my love for reading just grew even more. I could be wrong, but I believe that The Exorcist will find itself in the annuls of history as a classic. Over the years there has been a myriad of movies and books dealing with the subject of possession and there can be no denying that The Exorcist is the foundation of all those tales.I am 53 now and was a little nervous when I started reading this one again. Like I said, the book has always been special and I was afraid that maybe it only seemed so good because I had only been twelve when I last read it...41 years ago! Well, like I said when I started this review, this was a thrilling and frightening ride. The book is still scary as hell. I can see where some readers might think that there are a lot of moments in the beginning that drag. There is an extensive section where Reagan is taken through a series of tests from doctors and psychiatrists to try and diagnose what is ailing her. Personally, I think this is what makes this story so powerful. It tries to prove from every angle possible that there has to be some kind of explanation for this girls illness, and even when possession is hinted at and a priest enters the picture, there is great skepticism on his part that this little girl is actually possessed by the devil. I had to smile inwardly several times while reading and wonder to myself, how the hell did I manage to get through this when I was twelve? Ah well, I did, and I am thankful for the experience and I have thoroughly enjoyed this re-read. I would recommend this book without pause, but I would do so with a warning. If you don't like to be frightened, this book is not for you.

  • Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
    2019-02-24 04:32

    RTC.

  • Martin Rondina
    2019-03-14 02:46

    Chris McNeill es una célebre actriz de cine que vine en la ciudad de Georgetown junto a su amiga Sharon, dos criados y su pequeña hija Regan, con quien lleva una relación muy afectiva, ella lo es todo para su madre. Su hija es una jovencita muy inocente, apegada a Chris como nadie, de esas personas que son "amor puro", sin ningún tipo de maldad, una niña ejemplar. Un día, mientras su madre hacía algunas tareas en su hogar, descubre en el sótano un tablero Ouija. Regan le menciona que ella ha estado jugando con dicha tabla y que habla continuamente con el "Capitán Howdy". Su madre no tiene ningún tipo de creencia religiosa, esto le resulta algo entretenido y le pide a su hija utilizar el tablero juntas, Chris quería conocer al Capitán, pero no resulta. A partir de aquí, comienza lo fuerte de la historia, Regan comenzará a cambiar su forma de ser misteriosamente, hechos extraños sucederán en la residencia McNeill, ruidos extraños, camas que se sacuden y olores putrefactos entre otras cosas. Nadie entiende que le sucede a la hija de Chris, ella agotará cada recurso que esté a su alcance para averiguar por qué se comporta así, ¿acaso es un tema psiquiátrico? ¿el Capitán Howdy es real?.Opinión PersonalEs de esos libros que no pude dejar de leer. Cada página me resultaba demasiado intrigante, sumado a la narrativa de Blatty, que nos va incrementando la atmósfera cada vez más, vinculando hechos y situaciones durante la historia, haciendo que no sea un libro lineal, sino abarcativo en varios aspectos y eso lo hace exquisito. Quedé encantado con la temática del libro, aunque es un clásico y creo que casi todos conocen de que va el argumento y como se resuelve debido que también es una de las adaptaciones al cine de horror más famosas e icónicas. La introducción de los personajes, los cuales no son muchos, pero están perfectamente construidos es algo destacable del libro, en ningún momento noté relleno o páginas de más, todo lo contrario, me pareció lo justo y necesario en cada página, sin nada que quitar ni agregar. Sin dudas, una obra maestra del terror y de mis libros favoritos, lo recomiendo.

  • Fred Shaw
    2019-03-01 04:32

    It's been 40 + years since the release of the book and movie, and I never read the book. I thought now would be a good time to take it on. I must admit to having second thoughts as I began reading "The Exorcist" and at one point I thought I would put it away. I was terrified. But the story was so well written and having seen where some of the movie was filmed, I kept reading. I am so glad I did. This is a powerful story inspired by an actual exorcism that took place in the 1940's. The real demonic possessed person, was a boy living in Prince George County, Maryland. The actual exorcism took place in St. Louis. The home where they lived is now a vacant lot, house torn down, because no one could or would live there. The boy grew into a man, married, raised a family and served the US government to retirement. I would add this novel to the same list of great books that include "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelly and "Dracula" by Bram Stoker. Certainly one of the greats of the 20th century.