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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 ›
But the author's never-ending use of words and names that needed to be referenced took away from the flow of the book, badly.
Add to that and ending that really provided no closure and you have a book that I will recommend to no one and never read again.
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I adore thus story so much. I read it when it first came out, and have just finished reading it again. The author executed this incredible story beautifully. Read morePublished 1 month ago by tammyl
I loved this book unlike I have loved in book since the 90's. Until reading I, Lucifer, I wondered if I had lost the ability to finish a book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read a ton of reviews on this and was prepared for the worst but as soon as I started reading it I was instantly hooked! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alyssa Moskowitz
Not great, not terrible. I think I would like this book more if I was a teenager. Perhaps it was intended as a novel for young adults, youths, or whatever, but it wasn't very good... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Forest Guy
Great book. Very funny. I hope they make a movie out of it.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
The language. I have to begin with the language of this book, the captivating voice of the narrator, the unique cadence of the prose. I would find it worthwhile for that alone. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jen L