Micro-review of The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty:

I don't know if I've ever been so underwhelmed by the beginning of a book yet so satisfied at the end. The beginning portion, centered around the MacNeils (Reagan, the possessed, and Chris, the mother), feels silly at times, primarily with the dialogue which feels unnatural and out of place. But as the story centers more on Father Karras, the tone darkens and the story comes into its own.

The book, compared to the movie, is more obviously about Father Karras’s struggle with his faith. The demon plays more on Karras's guilt for abandoning his mother for the priesthood; those moments hit the hardest.

Excellent Halloween read