Check out my The Cat in the Hat book summary and review  that I created to help you understand the basics of this great book. The Exorcist is a horror novel written by William Peter Blatty and published in 1971. It is based on an exorcism carried out in 1949, and which Blatty found out about in 1950, when he was taking classes at Georgetown University, a center run by Jesuit priests. . 


The Exorcist book

The exorcism was partially performed in Mount Rainier, Maryland1 and Bel-Nor, Missouri. Several local newspapers reported a sermon that a priest gave to a group of parapsychology enthusiasts, in which he claimed to have performed an exorcism on a thirteen-year-old girl named Regan Mannheim, after a long process that lasted more than six weeks before end on April 19, 1949.

The Exorcist book summary

Father Lankester Merrin is an elderly Jesuit priest who studies antiquities and directs an archaeological dig in northern Iraq. After the discovery of an archaic figurine of the devil Pazuzu (a Sumerian demigod) and a modern medal of Saint Christopher juxtaposed in the same place,

 a series of sinister omens make him intuit an imminent confrontation with the forces of evil that, as the reader will know, , . later, the priest has been fighting for a long time through exorcisms throughout Africa.

 Meanwhile, in Georgetown, Washington D.C., a young woman named Regan MacNeil who lives with her mother, a famous actress, contracts a sudden and unknown illness. After a series of paranormal phenomena, her daughter goes through a series of terrible physical and mental changes that lead to the suspicion that she is possessed by an evil spirit.

After several unsuccessful medical and psychiatric treatments, Regan's mother turns to a local Jesuit priest for help. Father Damien Karras, now experiencing a crisis of faith caused by the death of his mother,

 agrees to visit Regan as a psychiatrist, but initially refuses to admit the possibility of demonic possession. After more visits to the girl, who is now completely dominated by her diabolical "spirit", the Father decides to ask the bishop for permission to perform an exorcism on the girl.

After formal consultations with the head of the Jesuits in Georgetown, the bishop appoints Lankester Merrin, who is more experienced and has just returned from Iraq, as exorcist. Karras, still in doubt, will be his assistant.

The lengthy exorcism tests the priests, both physically and mentally. After Merrin's death, the task is left to Karras who, regaining his faith, manages to save Regan's life.

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