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In Paradise Lost, Milton set out to "justifie the wayes of God to men." In this novel, British author Duncan (Hope; Love Remains) attempts to justify the ways of Satan to the hip. God gives his evil subaltern a month in a human body, with an option to own, thus permanently casting off his pain-racked cosmological being. The grim alternative for Lucifer is to subsist in eternal nothingness. The vacant body belongs to Declan Gunn, a writer on the brink of suicide. Lucifer narrates his romps through escort service dates, cocaine-laced nights and, mostly, the thrills of the wondrous human sensorium. Lucifer options his life story-from his starring role with Adam and Eve to his struggles with an autocratic God-to a film producer and torments Declan's lover, Viola, with the promise of a juicy part in the upcoming movie. But for all his jauntiness, Lucifer must unexpectedly wrestle with Gunn's conscience, including Gunn's memories of Penelope, his alternately loathed and longed-for ex. When Lucifer makes the disastrous decision to see Penelope and forgive her for dumping him, he confronts the goodness of mercy, a battle that leaves him sick with nausea and cognitive disorientation. Lucifer tosses wisecracks around as if they were hand grenades. On the wickedness of a rival of Gunn's, he quips, "There's no murder in him, and only a very predictable dribble of lust. His soul, and billions like it, provide the cosmos with its muzak." Alas, Lucifer's wit doesn't often rise to this sharply satiric level: it's more like a series of outtakes from Bedazzled. This is the archetypal promising novel-the author's talent with words eclipses the substance of his story.
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Duncan's last novel, Hope (1998), was about pornography addiction. Since then, he's apparently found God, or rather, the Devil. His latest novel features the Prince of Darkness incarnate in the body of down-and-out writer Declan Gunn (anagram, anyone?), just about to slit his wrists. The apocalypse looms, and God has offered fallen angel Lucifer a second chance at redemption by enticing him with a month of earthly embodiment--an offer he can't refuse, given his taste for cocaine, sexual mischief, and other evil earthly pleasures. In between acts of debauchery, however, Lucifer/Gunn resurrects his literary career and revels childlike in the Earth's simple offerings: tastes, smells, sunsets, London. He muses theological, contemplating free will and the Fall and thinks about--just maybe--getting back on God's good side. Seduced by our diabolical narrator's wicked humor and Duncan's clever conceit, the novel's Christian redemption moral may catch some readers off guard (wasn't this book supposed to be about evil pleasures?), but they likely won't want to put it down. Duncan's witty and perverse, yet somehow life-affirming, Lucifer is powerful indeed. Brendan Driscoll
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; First Edition edition (April 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802140149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802140142
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ruth Edlund on May 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
Telling the basic plot of this story won't give anything away: God offers the Devil a deal: come to earth and take over the body of a poor soul who has just committed suicide, stay out of trouble for one month in this body, and gain re-entry into Heaven. The story is told as a confession by Lucifer himself.
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.
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i can't believe all the bad reviews this book is getting in here! this turned out to be one of my favorite books of all time! it is funny through and through. (more than once i laughed out loud and had to explain myself to my husband.) the feeling i took away from this book is APPRECIATION. when lucifer gets to experience life, duncan is great at describing how he experiences the wonderful things we all take for granted every day. i will think twice now whenever i see a sunset or feel the wind on my face. the ideas about how it all began and heaven/hell are clever and thought provoking.

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!
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As much as I admire Glen Duncan's lyrical style and adjective-laden prose, "I, Lucifer" was a major disappointment reader. Duncan tells his devil-of-a-story in a manner that's so holier-than-thou his point gets watered down throughout by less-than-agreeable characters and a confounding points of view, plot elements that detract from some of the most magical prose I've ever read. It's that hyphenated-words-make-some-sort-of-sense-eventually writing that makes "I Lucifer" both a great fountain of literature AND a dumb exercise in futility.

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.
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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. But people aren't kidding when they say the writing gets convoluted. Every couple of pages I would hit a paragraph that left me wondering what the hell happened. Did my book just suffer a stroke? Did I miss some critical sentence and spin myself off into a new dimension of confusion? Nope, backing up and rereading doesn't help, you just ignore it and plow through. When all is said and done, the ending is worth the effort, and it makes you look into the human psyche, but the author makes you work for it all.
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I get it, Lucifer is an intellectual. And as drugged and drunk as he was, his thoughts are bound to wander and ramble.

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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