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Johnna W. reviewed I, Lucifer: Finally, the Other Side of the Story on
Helpful Score: 5
Glen Duncan's account of Lucifer's second chance is one of the most creative books I have ever read! From Lucifer's discovery of what it means to be human to his bad behavior on earth, the writer makes you believe this really is Lucifer's story. At times a poignant picture of the human existence, other times somewhat horrifying (it IS Lucifer, you know), most of the time this book is laugh-out-loud hilarious. One of the best reads ever!
Guys, he's the DEVIL.. of course he's going to be a pretentious, long winded and egotistical dick..a charismatic jerk but still a jerk. He's the MorningStar, God's favorite angel pre-fall. I enjoyed how the guy is just out of his mind with random thoughts and witty asides to everything,
I think if you're a fan of dark satire you'll love this book. If you're a member of a Wrath of God type of church. Please, do yourself a favor.. pass on this book. I'm a fan of the idea that God is Love and I don't see anything wrong with this book. F
I love this book.
Some previous reviewers had a hard time with the language: the narrator frequently apologizes for going on tangents, but I found it to be endearing. Duncan was able to simultaneously create a character that was both the epitome of evil but also very, very human. You are charmed by his charismatic qualities and in the same page will be in tears over his indifference to stealing, drugs, the Spanish Inquisition, Nazis, all things he started/encouraged to get you to turn away from God. There is a definite love/hate there for me, the reader, when he gets flustered reminding you that he has always been there for you. This has joined my (ever growing) list of favorite books.
PS. Supposed to be a movie with Daniel Craig as Lucifer and Ewan McGregor as Gunn.
The language is a little pretentious (what do you expect from the Devil), but it's not difficult to understand. The premise is that God offers fallen angel Lucifer one last chance to redeem himself by giving him a month as a human being, during which time he must behave himself. He ends up in the would-be-suicide body of Declan Gunn, a somewhat schlubby single writer. Lucifer decides to use Declan's connections to the literary world to write his memoirs. It goes into a lot of what really happened "In the Beginning..." according to Lucifer, but I didn't find it offensive; more just interesting food for thought. It was a fun read.
I have a rule: If I read 50 pages of a book and can't get into it, I don't finish it.
I didn't finish "I, Lucifer". It's not that the content bothered me or that it is poorly written. It felt like I was trying to follow the thought pattern of an ADHD coke head, which is perfect for Lucifer. The author did a beautiful job of stepping into Satan's head, but I found it blasted impossible to read. Like trying to slog through quicksand in Hell. There are others who loved this book, and you might too, but I didn't find the story engaging enough to fight through the author's clouded prose.
"A" for effort, "B" for story, "F" for readability.
Eugh, I personally can't get past the first chapter without wanting to throw this book across the room and never look at it again. Clearly Duncan is a very good writer, but I just can't help but be irritated by the inner monologue of the main character. Maybe someday not in the near future I'll give this book another chance.