Micro-Review #22: The Exorcist

by William Peter Blatty

The movie is brilliant. The novel on which it’s based is even better. First published in 1971, this horror masterpiece ages well despite its melodramatic flourishes. While the premise—a demon takes up residence in an 11-year-old girl’s body—might make some discerning readers roll their eyes, the book has plenty to interest cerebral types, with an intriguing focus on psychology and a clear love of Jesuit faith. It will also scare the bejesus out of you. One of the best books in the genre. Reviewed on Nov. 19, 2020

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