I, Lucifer: Finally, the Other Side of the Story Paperback – 2 Apr 2003
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Glen Duncans I, Lucifer begins one steamy summer as some heavy negotiations are taking place in Heaven. God has decided to give Lucifer, the furthest-fallen of all fallen angels, a second chance. The Prince of Darkness can return to the fold, provided he manages to last one month on earth without sin. The human form chosen for this celestial experiment? A depressed novelist of little renown, currently contemplating suicide in his Clerkenwell garret.
Lucifer eagerly grasps the opportunity for a holiday on earth, and uses his hosts identity to re-write the story of Creation in a format that has Hollywood moguls kissing his feet. Its not popular with Him Upstairs, of course, what with the Devil being portrayed as a maverick free-thinker and God as a humourless autocrat. But Lucifers having too much fun to care. Hes experiencing the pleasures of the flesh for the first time and everything the odour of sweaty tube trains, cocaine, ice-cream, dirty sex--delights him. By the time the archangels are dispatched to bring him back, the Lord of all thats inhumane cant think of anything hed rather be than human.
Lucifer befogs his audience, alternately spitting fury at them like some sulphur-charged Dennis Leary and then insisting that hes a nice guy, just misunderstood. Whats clear, however, is that Glen Duncan is not merely one of those writers who can come up with amusing concepts. Hes a sharp, sometimes savage observer of the human condition, whose talents are as many as the legions of Hell.--Matthew Baylis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Clever, stylish...A fiendishly funny, wickedly eloquent account... Ducan conveys Lucifer's musings on the nature of evil and his sensory adventures, in hilarious pyrotechnic prose."
"A film version of the novel might be exciting but it would not be a patch on Glen Duncan's wonderful act of ventriloquism."
"A wicked, impish conceit, all ably orchestrated with Duncan's playful intelligence and sizzling wit." --"Arena"
"Duncan packs more wit and energy into one page of "I, Lucifer" than most writers fit into an entire novel. The book is a leap forward in prose." --Neal Pollack
"A fiendishly sharp, intelligent examination of modern human life that is as funny as hell." -"The Times" (London)
"Stylish...Fiendishly funny, wickedly eloquent...hilarious pyrotechnic prose." -"Big Issue"
"Clever and challenging...sizzling with mephitic energy." -"The Independent"
A wicked, impish conceit, all ably orchestrated with Duncan s playful intelligence and sizzling wit. "Arena"
Duncan packs more wit and energy into one page of "I, Lucifer" than most writers fit into an entire novel. The book is a leap forward in prose. Neal Pollack
A fiendishly sharp, intelligent examination of modern human life that is as funny as hell. "The Times" (London)
StylishFiendishly funny, wickedly eloquenthilarious pyrotechnic prose. "Big Issue"
Clever and challengingsizzling with mephitic energy. "The Independent"
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He’s also not particularly clever. His character’s name is a simple anagram of his own. His plot development is weak and wanders around aimlessly. All in all it’s a boring and annoying experience I can do without. I’m sure there are lots of people who will rave about his writing style but I prefer the clear and simple writing of Gemmel, Clancy and Feist and leave the characters and their development to my imagination.
The style is light, witty and highly enjoyable - I whizzed through it at lightning pace and loved every roller-coater moment of it. A Heavenly read from start to finish.
And so Glen Duncan guides the reader on a journey of revelation, riding on the back of Lucifer's wit and fury, where he explores what it is like to be taxpayer. We see the world from the view of Satan himself, and get to know this being that the preachers warn us about.
However, seeing as half of our worlds greatest writers have "human behavior" as their subjects, this isn't really that great of a feat. What Glen Duncan REALLY manages here is to remain objective; that while Satan portrays himself as the free-thinking rebel, the underdog constantly blighted by the power of God, "I, Lucifer" holds the balance dearly between good and evil, wonderfully demonstrating that everyone has their flaws, be they mortal or a member of the angelic host. Littered around the pages are short stories of various eras, such as the extermination of the nephilim, the Nazi regime, the redemption of the playboy satanist and the iron grip the Inquisition held on the peasant people, not to mention the life story of most of the books most prominent characters, each and every one colourful yet broken, sad husks. And while Lucifer enjoys his newly-acquired five senses, he starts investigating his own fragile psyche...
"I, Lucifer" is much more than a mere book, but a collection of stories that each carry a meaning, a myriad of tales that each teaches us something about the dangers of the flesh and mind.
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I picked this up from a charity shop, as the brief summary on the back sounded interesting and there were several comments praising the book. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Mr G Pice
My son told me to read this and let him know what I think. If you have not read this book, I highly recommend it.Published 21 days ago by Ian McIntosh
I Lucifer is a brilliantly written, amazingly witty novel - It's one of those novels you just can't put down - resulting in my laughing my head off in various public locations - in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christine Bennett
I know a few people who loved this and found it very funny. While it had its moments, it just felt like it was trying far too hard to be clever. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ladyhawk
Only complaint I have with this book is it is not available in kindle. I want to scream "WHY?"
As for the book itself, pure enjoyment. Read more
Glen Duncan is possessed…of a certain narcissistic writing ability. The thinking reader is left to ponder the question of whether or not it is Lucifer or the author himself who is... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Laurence Paul
OMG! This is brillant. Witty, different, mess with you head narrative. It stays with you too. Definitely recommended.Published 6 months ago by Fabdiva