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"...You don't get through the average possession without the odd gastric fiesta...
on 7 February 2012
Finally, the other side of the story: why was Lucifer banished from heaven? And what is hell really like? Possessed of a fizzing intelligence, a startlingly honest and often scatological way with words, Duncan's prose is sinewy, lush, sometimes without pity, but it is also shorn of pretence, tender with resonance but more often shockingly funny, bawdy and rude. If you ever wanted to know about Angels on earth, and in hell, this is the book you need. But this isn't a book for those who baulk at religious irreverence. The devil is in charge.
Lucifer is given a chance to return to heaven - but first he has to live for a month as an ordinary person on earth. He takes possession of a suicidal writer, Declan Gunn, who has penned an unpublishable novel 'A Grace of Storms'. but Lucifer has other plans and almost before he knows what he's done, Declan has written a screenplay - and its all about the fall of Lucifer. Hollywood awaits.
We get the Tempation of Christ in the wilderness, as well as the Passover and Pilate and the crucifixion. A book that has the temerity to suggest that God has been pretty quiet in the face of torments and tortures, such as those that took place under the Spanish Inquisition, can't be all bad. It has some dips and a rather barren and indecisive ending, but it stands out as uniquely angry, defiantly taunting and a guiltily gorgeous read.