Gary Taubes' book explains the biology and science of food and the human body. He cites observational and scientific studies to support his conclusion that most of the guidelines and advice we have receive about diet, excercise, and good health are most likely incorrect. The book will challenge what you've heard before, and what you probably believe. This book convinced me that many of the heart-healthy diet messages I've received and believed over my entire lifetime (I'm in my early 40s) is absolutely wrong. And Taubes did this by using facts, not suppositions and notions. However, this is not a diet book, nor does it prescribe Atkins, South Beach, etc. It simply explains the biological effects of carbohydrates, protein, and fat on the human body. I've researched new lifetime approaches to eating and consulted with my physician. As a result, I am effortlessly becoming leaner. I've lost 10 pounds in about 5 weeks without being hungry or exercising. My bloodwork just came in the other day, and everything is reading just fine. Read (or listen) and you'll come away enlightened.
Given this novel was written in the early 1970s, the story holds up very well. The key characters are developed well and the suspenseful story unfolds at a satisfying pace. The ending seemed a bit rushed and uninterpreted, which might be what Blatty intended. That said, it was still a fine ending. I would recommend it to anyone.
Merrin. His calm and confident demeanor arrived at a key time in the story. The insights he shared with Karras put a lot of the demonic chaos in perspective and explained how evil can hide in quieter, more insidious ways in everyone's lives.
Blatty brings to the characters' conversations intonations that carry additional meaning. The reader might not catch the additional weight of some words.
I only listened to the free chapter (audiobook form). I like Jon Stewart and the Daily Show. I'm sure this book is good, but the long-form humor (versus short-form on the show) that attacks mankind's insensitivity comes off as overly glib. Not something I really want to sit through. But that's just me.
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