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I, Lucifer: Finally, the Other Side of the Story [NOOK Book]

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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. It’s the ultimate case of trying without buying and, despite the limitations of the human body in question (previous owner one suicidally unsuccessful writer, Deelan Gunn), Luce seizes the opportunity to run riot through the realm of the senses. This is his chance to straighten the biblical record (Adam, it’s hinted, was a misguided...
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Overview


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. It’s the ultimate case of trying without buying and, despite the limitations of the human body in question (previous owner one suicidally unsuccessful writer, Deelan Gunn), Luce seizes the opportunity to run riot through the realm of the senses. This is his chance to straighten the biblical record (Adam, it’s hinted, was a misguided variation on the Eve design), to celebrate his favorite achievements (everything from the Inquisition to Elton John), and, most important, to get Julia Roberts attached to his screenplay. But the experience of walking among us isn’t what His Majesty expected: instead of teaching us what it’s like to be him, Lucifer finds himself understanding what it’s like to be us.
By an author hailed by the Times Literary Supplement as one of Britain’s top twenty young novelists, I, Lucifer is “a masterpiece…startlingly witty, original and beautifully written” (Good Book Guide).
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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
What really makes this novel sensational is not the bacchanalian word revelry or its hilarious biblical revisionism. Rather, it's the seemingly implausible story of the devil's awakening to his latent humanity. Duncan just blew me away with his conceit that the devil was so overcome with Blakean awe in his discovery of our sensory world -- "The sky. For Heaven's sake the sky … the blueness of it threatened to swallow my brand-new consciousness whole" -- that he would ask, "This can't be what it's like for them. If this is what it's like for them how do they … how on earth can they … get anything done?" — Tom Paine
Publishers Weekly
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. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Declan Gunn is a sad sack of potatoes. He is fat, balding, and fairly unattractive-and he suffers from God's skimpy allotment to him in the "status of your manhood" department. His bland writing has given the world one novel and another that no one will publish, while his girlfriend (if she can be called that) is only sleeping with him until the nonexistent starring role in the nonexistent movie he is not writing comes through. So is it any wonder that he is sitting in his tiny apartment in a shady part of London deciding to off himself when God finally steps in (with Lucifer in tow). This is where the story, told by Luce himself, gets good. God gives Declan's body to Lucifer to live in on Earth for a month in an attempt to coax the fallen angel back into Heaven. Lucifer, of course, has other plans for what he sees as only a vacation and starts by improving the life of his host body. This captivating and truly clever novel is a real original, so successful in its attempt to humanize Lucifer that the reader actually likes this charming devil. Heavy with biblical references the less religious might miss and laden with crude images and language, this novel is not for those sensitive to these matters, but if you like witty, raunchy British humor, you'll love this.-Rachel Collins, "Library Journal" Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The Devil is on vacation, sampling life in London and reflecting on some of his career highlights, in this grab bag from the British Duncan (first US publication). Lucifer addresses you directly in an intermittent monologue, and his voice will either pull you in or turn you off. It's flip and in-your-face as it mixes insults and endearments: somewhat like stand-up comedy. But there's also a smidgen of plot. Gabriel brings Lucifer an offer from God: the chance to redeem himself if he agrees to live as a human. There will be a one-month trial period. Lucifer accepts. He has no interest in redemption (are you kidding?), but a month in a human body will be a great vacation and a nice respite from the pain that racks him unceasingly. (Or so we are told in passing. For a real taste of Hell, read Stanley Elkin's marvelous The Living End.) As Lucifer enters the body of Declan Gunn (note the anagram), he experiences sensuous paradise. Now he can taste an ice cream, smell the roses (and the sewers), and scramble his brains with drugs and booze. This Gunn is a sad sack, a failed writer on the verge of suicide, an ugly little monkey to book, but Lucifer enjoys visiting his girlfriends. There's nothing devilish about these escapades. A visit to the office of Declan's agent, where he manhandles a rival, could be any young writer's fantasy; sessions with movie people are routine spoofs of Hollywood. Yet there are also those memories of career highlights (the original rebellion in heaven, the temptation in the Garden), as well as long, quite serious riffs on the Inquisition and the Third Reich, both splendid examples of the systematic evil Lucifer sees as a growth industry. Missing, though, is anyinternal dynamic to reconcile the snide and the solemn. Duncan has comic energy to spare but no clear idea of what to do with it. The result reads like a promising first draft. First printing of 35,000
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802199225
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 68,327
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Glen Duncan is the author of the acclaimed Love Remains and Hope.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2007

    Tongue-in-Cheek Humor Lost on Some...

    The greatest thing about this book is the wonderful way in which the author chooses to write about the human experience. Here we find a supernatural being (Lucifer, in this case) attempting to put into words just how great it is to be human--to have five senses with which to experience the world. Through this device, the Duncan is trying to communicate just how lucky we are to be here and how easy it is to just keep right on walking and not notice the abundance of beauty around us. Not only that, but the author provides biting commentary on religion, love, lust, politics, drug use, and success. And the fascinating thing is, we learn what it is like for someone to experience all of these things we take for granted for the first time! I didn't find the author's writing in any way self-important or overblown. I have thoroughly enjoyed this title each time I have read it and given it as a gift many times to my more bookish friends who can appreciate the tongue-in-cheek humor of it all. If you're craving some intellectual entertainment, this one is for you!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2009

    So risque... and I loved every bit of it!

    Wow. This book is one of the most original pieces I have ever read. It takes Satan, who is naturally the most evil and malignant being (if you will) of all time, and makes him so human! You can't help but find yourself laughing at his thoughts and words no matter how inappropriate they are. You also can't help but find yourself start to like him! I understand how some may find Duncan's writing style as very difficult to get into because the book does ramble on quite a bit, but it is completely fitting to the character and his feelings. It is kind of an eye opener as well because you see someone experiencing things that are always there in our lives, like flowers and the breeze, and just how beautiful they are and how much we take them for granted. You must be open-minded to read this book. A movie is in the making and I hope it does this masterpiece justice.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2006

    Just what I thought he would be like

    This book shows Lucifer as I would see him. Arrogant but willing to laugh at himself. Evil but in a mischievous way. And just a barrel of laughs. Duncan takes Lucifer and makes him out to be doing what he does because he can. He enjoys messing with God and isn't afraid to get dirty doing it. Great book, I would highly recommend it

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Would not recommend

    Even though the beginning of the book is very interesting with the way he describes after page 100 it goes down hill and the story its self is a cliche.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2007

    Where else can you get this stuff?

    Not that I'm into this sort of thing for serious purposes, but for the past year I've been searching out novels that deal with the devil. As I said, not for any serious purpose but rather to see what book there are on the subject and how many authors have used 'him' as a jumping off point. ROSEMARY'S BABY comes to mind first, as does the funny Faustian tale KATZENJAMMER by McCrae and some others. But I, LUCIFER was really an eye-opener for me with it's 'human' element that the book gave to this 'person.' Hard to describe, but all I can say is read it and get educated. Totally believable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2010

    The last 10 pages is where it's at

    This book has a great story line. The devil is offered forgivness if he can go a month without committing a mortal sin while in the body of a suicidal writer. Sounds good. However, the story itself is difficult to follow. It is essentially the devil going on one long rant about what he did throughout the month he was here on earth. There is profanity, vulgarity, a multitude of sex scenes, and many quips by Lu. There are some funny parts and I liked the historical and biblical tie ins with the characters. The affects the angels and demons have on eachother physically are a nice touch, but it's the last 10 pages or so that were the best. THe end is actually pretty good although you kind of have an idea of what may happen, but it's the why that was good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Comical

    It is quite easy and obvious to say that Glen Duncan is a comedian when it comes to creating a satire of everyday human life. His manor of creating a point of view toward everyday life was perfect through that of the head satyr himself, Lucifer. It really gives you a compelling perspective on both humans and the demonic race itself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

    Over all a Two

    This book was very hard to follow. The ideas seemed to just jump around at any giving moment. Thus making the plot hard to follow. It did have some funny conversations; if they weren't hard to follow. I bought this book thinking "Ohhh a different side of the story, this will be good!" Wrong. Sure the ideas and core concepts are very interesting but the way their presented was horrible in my opinion I marked this book as 5 stars in "Gift Giving" as a comedic joke. But if your going to read it, Good luck :-)

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2007

    Don't waist your time!

    This book, is seriously just a self indulgent, overly dramatized piece of crap. As an example of why you shouldn't bother with this book, just read the other reviews that people have written here. Now disregard the actual content of those reviews, and try just counting the number of misspelled words and gramatical errors. Now, really do you want to read a book that comes so highly recomended from THESE people? While reading this book I constantly wanted to meet the author, so I could smack him. I don't know how he decided that he was so important to the world, but he should really try to keep it out of his writing. If you have written the world's next 'great novel', then people will let you know, not the other way around!

    1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2006

    Best book ever!

    This is one of the best books ever! The writing is fantastic, and the wit will make you laugh out loud. Lucifer himself tells his side of the story in this don't-miss read!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2004

    Contraversal, but still a winer

    One of the funniest, but most well thought out books of all time. Duncan goes all out, and he obviously has no boundaries. He's a genious, and should be credited for this masterpiece

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2004

    i just love this book

    bought this book last year, and so far have read it 3 times...the devil is in all of us if we let him....read this book and you'll understand.......

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2004

    laugh out loud kind of story

    You need to have an open mind and a wide ranged sense of humor. But this book is one entertaining read. I haven't read a laugh outloud book like this in a good while. Will read it again soon. I and I rarely re-read a book). The concept of the devil using gods offer of a second chance at redemption to get a vacation from hell with no intention of really trying to redeem himself is priceless. Duncans witty and unusual take on the devils side of biblical history is original and funny. Some of it really makes you pause and think about what you thought you knew. I found much of it gave a certain insight we rarely get about good and evil. Hope his next writing effort is as good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    I, Lucifer...

    This was a very interesting take on the point of view from Lucifer himself. The story flows well and is very intriguing but encumbered by the erratic style of writing. I thought it well worth the time and saw through it's shortcomings and enjoyed the book.

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  • Posted July 6, 2012

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    Intriguing concept and witty plan interuppted by ADD

    In I, Lucifer God offers Satan a deal that he will receive redemption for his role in rebellion against God if he can lead a relatively sinless life in the body of Declan Gunn, a pseudonym for the author. What follows is a very enjoyable 100 pages where Satan runs rife through London experiencing the human senses for the first time. Duncan strings together pump adjectives flowing into stream like sentences in which the color of a blade of grass is described like a fine portrait. The book is framed as a kind of memoir where Lucifer documents his life on Earth and his experience among the living. He also recounts his version of biblical events and pretty much lets you know why God was such a bastard that had to be rebelled against. The beginning is interesting, witty, fun and offers some insightful ideas on several Biblical events. The problem comes when Duncan runs out of plot and interesting situations for Satan to explore. Satan's explanations turns more and more into whining and ranting about what a bad lot he had being one of God's angels. As I said before, the book is very funny, but does settle down and become a little dull as the book progresses. Nevertheless, I did really enjoy it, even if it was very uneven at times. But, and this is a big one, the style of the book is "steam of conscious" so there are a great many times when Lucifer goes off on a several page long tangent in the middle of the story, like an ADD kid on amphetamines. So, if that style of writing really irritates you, you might not want to check this one out. But, if you can suffer through the narrative interruptions, it is a very original, interesting book, well-worth the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    Would work well as a movie

    Pretty cool i must admit.

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  • Posted October 7, 2010

    Refreshingly Insightful and Humorous - Recommended

    Not only is the concept of the storyline fairly refreshing and intriguing, but the way Duncan's prose fluidly swims from page to page is in itself impressive. It's funny, it's sad, and everything in between. The conversations "Luce" has with himself are what I was particularly fond of. Not your run-of-the-mill novels, this one is surely to leave you wanting more of Glen Duncan. His approach alone is a blast of fresh air, and I recommend I, Lucifer to anyone who can appreciate his efforts. Pick it up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2009

    Interesting plot/premise hurt by plodding writing style and thin plot/character development. Read 90%+, but could not force myself to complete.

    Writing style and poor character/plot development ruined what promised to be an interesting read.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 17, 2009

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