The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition by William Peter BlattyThe Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition by William Peter Blatty

The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition

byWilliam Peter Blatty

Paperback | October 4, 2011

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Originally published in 1971, The Exorcist is now a major television series on FOX. It remains one of the most controversial novels ever written and went on to become a literary phenomenon: It spent fifty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, seventeen consecutively at number one. Inspired by a true story of a child’s demonic possession in the 1940s, William Peter Blatty created an iconic novel that focuses on Regan, the eleven-year-old daughter of a movie actress residing in Washington, D.C. A small group of overwhelmed yet determined individuals must rescue Regan from her unspeakable fate, and the drama that ensues is gripping and unfailingly terrifying.

Two years after its publication, The Exorcist was, of course, turned into a wildly popular motion picture, garnering ten Academy Award nominations. On opening day of the film, lines of the novel’s fans stretched around city blocks. In Chicago, frustrated moviegoers used a battering ram to gain entry through the double side doors of a theater. In Kansas City, police used tear gas to disperse an impatient crowd who tried to force their way into a cinema. The three major television networks carried footage of these events; CBS’s Walter Cronkite devoted almost ten minutes to the story. The Exorcist was, and is, more than just a novel and a film: it is a true landmark.

Purposefully raw and profane, The Exorcist still has the extraordinary ability to disturb readers and cause them to forget that it is “just a story.” Published here in this beautiful fortieth anniversary edition, it remains an unforgettable reading experience and will continue to shock and frighten a new generation of readers.

William Peter Blatty is a writer and filmmaker.The Exorcist, written in 1971, is his magnum opus; he also penned the subsequent screenplay, for which he won an Academy Award. His most recent works include the novelsElsewhere,Dimiter, andCrazy.
Title:The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:October 4, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006209436X

ISBN - 13:9780062094360

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as amazing as I expected, but still great Of course this story is an amazing one, as anyone who's seen the movie can agree, but I wasn't wowed by this book. I felt it wasn't as impactful as I expected, given the impact of the movie. Very well-written, but it wasn't hard to put down or as thrilling as the movie. A must to read if you love horror nonetheless.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from True Classic Enjoyed every moment, hard to put down
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable but... I enjoyed the book for the most part. The first chapter felt unnecessary and even uninteresting, but it made sense when Merrin was introduced. I still think it wasn't the best beginning. I enjoyed reading about what was going on with Regan and the people around her. I didn't care much for Karras or Dyer or even Karl for that matter. Boring characters. The ending dragged for too long; and even when it finally ended, it was disappointing. I still don't know what exactly happened to the 'demon'...
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrifyingly Good Read Better than the movie - the detail was superb
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exvellent! Such a wonderful book about faith and love! It is frightening, of course, but I loved the character of Damien Karras!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Possessed! If you enjoyed the movie then you'll be possessed by this book. Suspense and thrilling. A page turner of a book that is just as chilling as the movie.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting read I'm not gonna lie the story gets a bit dry at times but it does pick up half way through and there is a lot too learn from this book, i'm not particularly religious but i do believe in the paranormal and this book is a bit freaky, William goes very in depth scientifically and religiously and trys too make sense of if the child is actually possessed or just plain crazy, i should say the priest trys too discover what exactly is wrong with the girl but nevertheless it is a good novel and if you are interested in a educational and interesting story about exorcisms and possessed people or just plain horror/thriller novel i suggest this book
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this. Going to check out some of Blatty's other books!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Horrifying, gripping By far, the best book I have read in this category. The story will grip, chill and horrify you so much that you find yourself gasping at times. Great author. Unexpected ending. Amazing read overall. 10-10
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