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I, Lucifer: Finally, the Other Side of the Story Paperback – 2 Apr 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Perseus Oto (2 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802140149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802140142
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,781,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Glen Duncan’s 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 host’s identity to re-write the story of Creation in a format that has Hollywood moguls kissing his feet. It’s 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 Lucifer’s having too much fun to care. He’s 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 that’s inhumane can’t think of anything he’d rather be than human.

Lucifer befogs his audience, alternately spitting fury at them like some sulphur-charged Dennis Leary and then insisting that he’s a nice guy, just misunderstood. What’s clear, however, is that Glen Duncan is not merely one of those writers who can come up with amusing concepts. He’s 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.

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"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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A friend of mine works in a bookstore and recommended I,Lucifer a couple of years ago. He knows my taste in books so I thought I'd give it a try. Saying that it's a page-turner, that I couldn't put it down even after I had read it twice over, is a huge understatement. Truth is, the reader is immediately drawn into witnessing a series of events and afterthoughts that are unbelievably funny, cheeky, wicked and dark at the same time. Before long, I found myself empathising with Lucifer....at which point, having been a sad soul entrapped in a catholic convent school for many years, I felt compelled to put the book down and tell myself "It's Lucifer, for God's sake! You're feeling sorry for THE DEVIL". Well...it is at this stage that Duncan's work should be appreciated beyond it's literary value....because despite the nuns' influence and years of daily doses of guilt tripping, I picked the book back up and said "Yeah...so what?!"

Read it.
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In fairness to a friend of mine who was keen for me to read this book I tried to be more than fair with the book. However as I turned page after page I was more and more disappointed. I discussed the book with my friend and I’ll say here what I said to them. First it’s just really hard to follow what’s going on. The author continuously and annoying goes off at tangents and adlibs, and comments endlessly. Not one idea or sentence seems to be written without it trying to contain too many idea’s or comments. It’s like being party to or listening to a couple of friends who know each other very well and are continually making off topic references and jokes, that while you can understand them, you are left feeling they are not funny, but would have been if you were there. My friend countered with he rights as he speaks. That’s true. However I don’t like when people right accents. I prefer the author to say the character had an east London cockney accent rather than type their discourse the way they would talk. So instead of saying “Nothing” he replied in an East London Cockney accent. The author simply types ‘nuffink mate’
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.
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I, Lucifer is devilishly clever, fiendishly funny and angelically beautiful all at once. It's so jam-packed with description I felt I was literally being bombarded by all that Lucifer experiences all at once, but its so wittily done that it just washed into me and became an integral part of the story. Deeply satirical, Duncan has created a version of the Great Adversary that I could really get on board with - I could sympathise with his predicament and understand the motives for his every move.

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.
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Been one of my favourite books for years, biblical and historical events told from the other side of the story. Really not for younger audiences, I first read it at 17 and knew I'd have to avoid quoting it too heavily but it's been a strong recommendation for friends over the years.
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It's tough judging humanity and the human experience objectively when you are a mortal yourself.
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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From a descriptive-writing perspective, this book is almost flawless. Glen Duncan has the ability to engage all the senses of the reader, and to do so in a way I've never seen bettered. Were I to review this book purely on the power of its evocative descriptions, it'd earn five stars without a doubt. I could overlook the peppering of grammatical misdemeanours (comma-spliced sentences; commas where they don't belong; missing commas where they do belong; several instances of using 'her' where the correct pronoun is 'she'), as they don't happen frequently enough to impede one's enjoyment of the text. They're niggles, that's all. Those schoolboy errors do, however, draw attention to the irony that - while he has developed a writing style which is heavily reliant on long, esoteric words - Glen Duncan never mastered the basic mechanics of the English language. He gets the difficult stuff incredibly right, but sometimes trips up on primary-school basics. Strange indeed. His writing is the literary equivalent of a sparkling gold Rolls Royce with breathtaking aesthetics and a sense of majesty, yet a peek under the bonnet reveals a few clunks and rattles in the heart of the machine. I couldn't shake the impression that Duncan often uses the longest word for the job, rather than the best one. Yes, he's an artiste who wants to impress with sweeping flourishes of poetic language, but Norman MacCaig - perhaps the greatest of all poets - would have advised, "Study brevity." Sometimes the epic multisyllabic prose works beautifully, but it can begin to feel more than a little pretentious.Read more ›
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