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Author: Glen Duncan
ISBN13: 978-0743220125
Title: I, Lucifer
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Language: English
Category: Contemporary
Publisher: Scribner (July 1, 2002)
Pages: 272

I, Lucifer by Glen Duncan

I, Lucifer is a 2003 novel by Glen Duncan, told from the point of view of the eponymous fallen angel, who has taken on a human body formerly belonging to a struggling writer. In I, Lucifer, God presents the devil with a chance of redemption by living a somewhat sinless life in a human body.

Maybe my expectations were too high. Is it possible I failed as a reader? Well maybe, but the one thing I can not abide is a book to be BORING. The book had some wonderful lines, but the chatterbox, whiny, nagging voice of Lucifer took all the sparkle out of what should have been a slam dunk wonderful novel. I will end with a dash of Duncan getting it right.

I, Lucifer is a novel written by Glen Duncan, published in 2003. In this book, God offers Satan a chance to redeem himself; if he can live as a human being for a month without sinning too much, he is allowed to come back to Heaven

Declan Gunn or Lucifer. John Melmoth or Melmoth the Wanderer. Lilith [a III century .

I, Lucifer by Glen Duncan. History needs a re-write when Satan sells his script. Lucifer offers an alternative version of history. Much of this is both clever and challenging, such as his concept of Old and New Time (pre- and post-Creation), his relationship with Christ, whom he calls Arthur (shades of TH White?), and his insistence that it was boredom rather than pride that prompted his rebellion. He also offers a welcome attack on the sexual hypocrisy and repression of the Church. The prevailing tone is, however, unduly flippant. Facetiousness and bathos define the book which, while sizzling with mephitic energy, comes as a disappointment after the powerful examination of rape in Duncan's recent Love Remains. By the end of the novel, one wishes for a little less of Lucifer and a little more of Declan Gunn. Independent culture newsletter.

I, Lucifer (2003) Time, you’ll be pleased to know-and since one must start somewhere-was created in creation. What was there before creation? is meaningless. Time is a property of creation what a perfect idea for this writer. Maybe my expectations were too high.

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A fiendishly sharp, intelligent examination of modern human life that is as funny as hell (The Times, London). The end is nigh and the Prince of Darkness has just been offered one hell of a deal: reentry into Heaven for eternity-if he can live out a well-behaved life in a human body on earth. Startlingly witty, original and beautifully written (Good Book Guide). Duncan’s witty and perverse, yet somehow life-affirming, Lucifer is powerful indeed. Glen Duncan is the author of the acclaimed Love Remains and Hope. Библиографические данные. I, Lucifer: Finally, the Other Side of the Story.

A brilliantly written portrait of Lucifer encountering the world of the senses, telling his version of the Bible, and discovering what it's like to be human - in Clerkenwell. Now. Your million questions. All, in the end, resolvable into one: What's it like being me? What, for heaven's sake, is it like being me? In a nutshell (which, thanks to me, is the way you like it in these hurrying and fragmented times), it's hard. Finally, the other side of the story. The Prince of Darkness has been given one last chance: he will be readmitted to the company of his fellow angels if he agrees to live out a human life. Highly sceptical (naturally), the Old Deal-maker negotiates a trial period - a summer holiday in a human body, with all the delights of the flesh. The body, though, turns out to be that of Declan Gunn, a depressed writer living in Clerkenwell, interrupted mid-suicide. Making the best of a bad situation, Luce himself takes to writing - to explain, to strip back the Biblical spin, to help us see the whole thing from his point of view. And to knock that Jesus off his perch. But beset by distractions, miscalculations and all the natural shocks that flesh is heir to, Lucifer slowly begins to learn what it's like to be us. Glen Duncan's brilliantly written new novel is an investigation of the world of the senses - the seductiveness of evil, and the affection which keeps us human.
Reviews: 7
Thought provoking concept with poor execution. At every possible turn Duncan attempts to impress the reader with his vocabulary, overly dramatic expression of the simple and grandiose intellect. Entire paragraphs and pages are filled with endless metaphors and similes, each attempting to out dramatize it's predecessor. Any sparks of enjoyment that could be achieved by the reader are quickly extinguished by Duncan's inability to just tell the tale without interjecting overindulgent attempts to impress the reader with his intellect. Multiple times I found myself bored and disinterested with the direction and interactions of the story. This is my first Glen Duncan work and although I am willing to investigate another work, I would not recommend this book.
Book Info: Genre: Literary Fiction
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: People who like to look at things from a different perspective
Trigger Warnings: This is a story told from Lucifer's point of view, so he often thinks about things that aren't at all nice, such as possibly raping a woman, or killing people, etc. It's mostly just thoughts, but be aware of them. Attempted suicide.

My Thoughts: I'm still trying to make sense of this piece. The book isn't much about anything but the journey, Lucifer's experiences spending time in a mortal form and how he spends that time, his thoughts on various things, and his determination to write a book that will once and for all set things straight and tell the story from his point of view. As such, it tends to be rambling, wandering from topic to topic (often self-consciously so), and somewhat disjointed. It will not be for everyone, that is for sure, but I found I rather enjoyed it. Lucifer has a sort of wry voice that I found appealing (when he wasn't thinking appalling things), and his descriptions of the things around him made me see things in a new light. I mean, just imagine that you've spent all this time immaterial and suddenly you're in the material world, feeling, smelling, hearing, seeing... it would be overwhelming. I think the author did a good job of portraying that idea. The one problem I had with this is that everything is left up in the air. What happens with Lucifer? I know I”d like to know. That wasn't enough to detract from the story, though; it just left me with burning questions that I wanted answered. If this sounds like the sort of thing that would appeal to you, be sure to check this book out.

Disclosure: I purchased this e-book for myself. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: The Prince of Darkness has been given one last shot at redemption, provided he can live out a reasonably blameless life on earth. Highly sceptical, naturally, the Old Dealmaker negotiates a trial period—a summer holiday in a human body, with all the delights of the flesh.

The body, however, turns out to be that of Declan Gunn, a depressed writer living in Clerkenwell, interrupted in his bath mid-suicide. Ever the opportunist, and with his main scheme bubbling in the background, Luce takes the chance to tap out a few thoughts—to straighten the biblical record, to celebrate his favourite achievements, to let us know just what it's like being him.

Neither living nor explaining turns out to be as easy as it looks. Beset by distractions, miscalculations and all the natural shocks that flesh is heir to, the Father of Lies slowly begins to learn what it's like being us.
i usually read the negative reviews first, a system i find sort of works for more objective considerations, like in the case of tools and mechanical parts.

after reading this book i decided to look at the amazon reviews, negative first. WOW! this approach does not work for subjective concerns.

smarter people than i have trashed this book on a number of counts, some of which i can relate to, others outside of my scope of experience. i have not read neil gaiman (whose name i have probably misspelled), nor am i familiar with the other works referred to as likely templates or outright scripts for this story.

yeah, the anagrammatic matter of lucifer's earthly name immediately struck me as silly, but i got over that pretty quickly.

obviously i am no anchorage of literary criticism, but from the standpoint of the "average viewer", i can comfortably say this thing is a fine entertainment.

SPOILER in lucifer's voice: "... ice cream is so good tasting, and so bad for you, that i cannot believe i had nothing to do with its invention..."

seriously, if you are above it, move along. if you are an irreverent occasional reader like me, you might just find this book fanf***ingtastic.
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. What further amazed me is the fact that, up until the very last sentence, I didn't know how it would end. You can't put the last several pages down (and the rest of them are pretty difficult to set aside). There's a glimpse of a world that makes a very different sort of sense from the old mythologies we know and love, a world that flows logically from their tales when one accounts for the lens of history, but a world that manages to use those tales to turn what we usually know on its head. This is my favorite type of story, and the author does it impeccably.