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“The Exorcist” by William Peter Blatty // Book Review

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Release date : First = 1971 / here = 2011

Publisher : Harper

Pages : 403


Book description:

Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty’s thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.


Myy review:

Who does not know the Exorcist?!?

I started watching the movie when I was younger but I never saw the end. This film, despite the fact that it dates and so the special effects become a little laughable, always shocked me. I still have in mind some scenes that had traumatized me at the time, especially the moment when she walks down the stairs (I think ?) … yes scary!

So as I have never seen the film in full they were no spoilers for the book since I didn’t know the ending.

I was not sensitive to the style of writing that I believe is the only negative thing about this novel for me. It was sometimes a bit messy, the layout was not very clear and everything is chained sometimes changing characters and places without warning.

Here we follow a family in which the young girl (12 years old) seems to have all the signs of possessions. It starts slowly, she says to discuss with a person via her Ouija, then happen changes of moods, obscenities, violence, physical changes. It’s gore, it’s not in the lace, it can easily shock, so this book (like the movie) is not to place in all hands.

The novel, however, much less shocked me than the movie, certainly because I’m older haha! I was more or less surprised by the end that I didn’t see happen like this!

It seems to me that there is a sequel, which is centered on the inspector already present in the Exorcist. I didn’t like him more than that, he deeply bored me in his way of expressing himself, so I hesitate to read it!

In short, if vulgarity, violence, sex, gore do not bother you this book is particularly successful. On the other hand, if you are easily scared: don’t read it!!!

My rating /5 :





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