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I, Lucifer: Finally, the Other Side of the Story Paperback – April 2, 2003
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From this promising premise, Glen Duncan takes the reader on a verbal rocket ride which ends...well, that doesn't matter, the ride is so enjoyable. Duncan is well-versed in literature going well beyond the obvious Blake (whom Lucifer dubs "Blakey") and Milton, and clearly has a deep knowledge of New York as well as London, modern as well as ancient history. At least in its references this book is surprisingly erudite.
The passages describing Lucifer's embodiment into a human being, and his evolving responses to possessing five senses, are realized fully enough to rate this book worth reading just for that vicarious experience. The author's main achievement, however, is his imagining a fully believable, fascinating, and yes, dammit, likeable Lucifer. At once biting, arch, and occasionally oddly touching, Duncan's Lucifer makes P.J. O'Rourke sound like Mister Rogers.
If you are easily offended by criticism of the Almighty, of organized religion, and just about everything else, this is not the book for you. If you like your humor without cream or sugar (as for example in the film "Dogma"), give this book a try.
there is some british lingo, but not so much that i couldn't follow the story. and, i agree w/ one of the other reviewers about the name being annoying, but once you get over it (oh, within the first chapter, i would hope!) it's no big deal...there is so much else going on, it's the last thing to worry about.
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! i highly recommend it!
It's hard to follow the author's stream of consciousness, which other writers have perfected through accessible references. Unlike Umberto Eco or John Irving - who can write chapter-long paragraphs that still make a point, with a beginning, a middle and an end - Duncan often fails to connect his dots. This in turn makes each page a somewhat plodding exercise that is not only NOT fun, but damages Duncan's superb use of language and obvious gift for creating nearly miraculous visions out of words.
It's not that I didn't enjoy this book....if I were in a devil-may-care mood (puns are unavoidable after wrapping up this tome)...I'd say that as a whole, "I Lucifer" succeeds by showcasing a literary dynamo with tremendous talent to spare. And yet, despite all its lofty images of heaven, hell, heck and history the novel failed to entertain me. The creeps notwithstanding, Declan Gunn - aka Lucifer the Devil - is so hugely unlikeable and despicable he's a caricature without the satire. He never succeeds as either villain or as hero. He gets under our skin as any good character does, but doesn't close the deal. In the end, he's just a poor slob who spews hate and venom and whose words, actions and deeds remain inhuman and narcissistic.Read more ›
I started with Lamb by Christopher Moore. I watched Life of Brian thirty times. Then, by the grace of God (or the other guy) I found this book. How perfect could a tell-all memoir by the Prince of Darkness be? The answer is, "just about".
God makes Lucifer a deal. Spend a month in human form without commiting a mortal sin and receive the one thing that would tempt the devil - a free pass back into heaven with an entry level position in the angelic ranks. The book is a great big testament to the human experience and how we take everything we can for granted.
The writing style gets a little over-the-top at parts, but if you remind yourself that the narrator IS the Devil, you should be able to forgive it. It's a fun read and an intriguing look at the ways of God, the meaning of Evil and the concept of salvation in general.
Some people have suggested that Christians should stay away from this. While that's probably a given, I would like them to keep one thing in mind. THE NARRATOR IS THE DEVIL. If you feel that the book glorifies Satan, is full of lies and evil thoughts, you are probably right. What else do you expect from the Devil?
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I was impressed with the wit and precociousness in this book. It definitely made me think a lot about a lot of things and very quickly, which is unique for a novel. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Lethifold
This book is just all over the place and hard to read and follow. Not at all what I hoped it would be. Never got past the first 30 pages and I never will.Published 1 month ago by The Mailman
Surreal gritty book not for those easily offended. A strong writer and worthy way to pass the time. Bravo Mr. DuncanPublished 4 months ago by K. Fox
I started reading this book in 2008. Sadly I left the book on the train to Paris, and didn't mange to get myself a new copy until 2011. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paloma Reads
The premise of this book was good enough to keep me going. Good enough in fact that after reading the ebook I bought a print for my shelf. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bulldogg
This was an interesting and quick read, but I don't think I will read it a third time. At times I felt like the writing dipped into self-satisfying itself rather than relating... Read morePublished 6 months ago by AvidReader
I get it, Lucifer is an intellectual. And as drugged and drunk as he was, his thoughts are bound to wander and ramble. Read morePublished 7 months ago by E A Lake