Books: Brimstone by the Numbers

THE EXORCIST by William Peter Blatty. 340 pages. Harper & Row. $6.95.

Among other things, the devil is a sexist pig. Even a cursory look through the literature of demonology discloses that he often negotiates with men but rudely possesses women. The Exorcist is about the possession of a young female, but it has nothing to do with literature. It is a pretentious, tasteless, abominably written, redundant pastiche of superficial theology, comic-book psychology, Grade C movie dialogue and Grade Z scatology. In short, The Exorcist will be a bestseller and almost certainly a drive-in movie.

It is unquestionably graphic enough. Regan MacNeil, the...

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