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The Exorcist av William Peter Blatty
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The Exorcist (urspr publ 1971; utgåvan 1994)

av William Peter Blatty (Författare)

Serier: The Exorcist (1)

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A young girl becomes possessed by the devil and causes several violent deaths before she can be cured.
Medlem:MCBacon
Titel:The Exorcist
Författare:William Peter Blatty (Författare)
Info:Harper (2013), Edition: Reprint, 385 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:***
Taggar:disturbing, subverted-expectations, trigger-warnings, slightly-metafictional, well-executed

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Exorcisten av William Peter Blatty (1971)

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    JonTheTerrible: I quite enjoyed the characters in The Exorcist and felt that Legion gives you a bit more of the enjoyable Kinderman as well as the darkness of the demon. While Legion is not nearly as good as its predecessor it is still an essential read if you enjoyed the mood and pace of The Exorcist.… (mer)
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Even non-believers get scared by this story of evil rising in the form of a child. Not recommended for late-night reading. ( )
  JoniMFisher | Oct 5, 2021 |
3.5 stars
This book sat on my shelves for a while before I decided to finally read it this Halloween. I thought it would scare me for life and give me nightmares but, despite being a bit cringe-worthy and having really disgusting descriptions of the whole demon possession situation I found it to be a bit slow paced and (please don't judge me), boring. Nonetheless, it was interesting to finally know the story behind the movie that seems to scare so many people (and that I have yet to watch). The Exorcist failed to scare me, but I'm open for scarier suggestions...

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  _Marcia_94_ | Sep 21, 2021 |
I read this one on Halloween night, as one does. Suffice to say it took a few hours after finishing before I could turn the lights fully out.

I'd already had an idea of the basic plot, thanks to cultural osmosis, but I've never actually seen the film. Reading this, though, the author's cinematic background shines through. My friend, the one who gave me a copy as part of our All Hallow's Read tradition, says that the film is extremely faithful to the book- I believe it.

I was seriously impressed by some of the technique, enough that I wish I'd been coming to this blind. There's a moment, directly after the daughter's "illness" is shown to be a serious problem, where the viewpoint jumps ahead a few weeks in time- and opens on a funeral. For a moment, even knowing that this "illness" was demonic possession, and we had much more to go - I truly thought the girl had died. Except earlier in the novel two characters had joked about how "clever" a filmmaker thought he was being by carefully syncing the closing and opening shots of two scenes.

That's what a lot of this novel felt like, from the perspective of technique- the author has the same sly charm as a magician- one who gives away the act before performing it, yet still leaves viewers amazed by the trick.

Of course, the content of the possession was deeply disturbing, as expected.

I'm not one for horror, usually- I like the lighter side of the macabre, that deals with "being Other" rather than plumping the darkest depths of the psyche- but I thought I'd be okay with this old chestnut. I mean, everyone knows the plot, it's been parodied and satirized for decades no- should be no problem. Holy crap nope.

There's something terrifying about sheer inhuman hatred, especially when it's directed indiscriminately. Even more so when the source hates itself- like a rabid animal with an intelligent mind. Hate and self-destruction.

The ending, though... maybe it's just a consequence of the lighter fare I tend towards -- but I was expecting a win, and I was expecting some form of closure. What we get is more the shadow of both, in that manner where the monster might be waiting around the corner and the heroic sacrifice was more about giving up, only by the grace of passing Deus ex Machina do we get redemption.

I liked it, but I wish, almost, that the ending had gone darker. That the girl is freed but the priest, having lost his personal crisis of faith, is consumed-- from what I hear of the sequel this might be where things are headed, but I don't think I have the stamina to read anything as disturbing as this again so soon. Maybe next year. ( )
  MCBacon | Aug 2, 2021 |
Yah, no. Sorry. This book is beyond dated. I can't be scared by something when I'm laughing and rolling my eyes at the dialogue. ( )
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
Not nearly as scary as when I read it as a teen but I didn't expect it to be. Still a great, great read. The author's voice was nearly perfect for the narration. If you like horror books - and this one is quite graphic - you'll probably like this. ( )
  amcheri | May 25, 2021 |
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