Review: The Redemption

The Redemption
By William Peter Blatty
Piatkus
Rs 350

When I read the blurb on the cover which said that the author of this book was the person who had written The Exorcist, I was hardpressed to let the working day end before I allowed myself to read it. The book, while not in the league of The Exorcist, to be honest, is definitely an enjoyable read by itself, and plays on the same issues of faith, belief, evil and good.
The book opens in the Albania of the 1970s, where a strange prisoner is creating a furore with the curious things he seems to be doing. The regime is oppressive and closed, torture chambers are the norm, and the description of the torture graphic. If you have a queasy stomach, I recommend you skip the torture chamber bits. The tone of the narrative is grim, reminescent of John Le Carre’s works, which are set in the cold war era.
The prisoner, who we learn, is called an agent of hell, manages to kill all the guards and escape. The narrative shifts to a hospital in Jerusalem where terminal patients are coming out of remission and a doctor is trying to find the reasons behind these so called miracles. A different kind of a thriller from The Exorcist, but one that takes on a different aspect of belief and warring between good and evil. While there is the hint of the element of the supernatural, this novel is primarily philosophical, with questions of faith and belief, redemption and retribution playing starring roles. Blatty’s writing is spare, determined and in keeping with the setting of the book.
A must read if you are a fan of the genre.

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About Kiran Manral

Author of The Face At The Window, ( 2016), Karmic Kids, All Aboard (2015) , Once Upon A Crush (2014) and The Reluctant Detective (2011).
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