Glen Duncan

I, Lucifer: Finally, the Other Side of the Story

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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. 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, Declan 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).
“Duncan’s witty and perverse, yet somehow life-affirming, Lucifer is powerful indeed.” —Booklist
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  • Антон Зуевhas quoted12 years ago
    I’m supposed to be guilty of all sorts of crimes and misdemeanours, but when you get right down to it, I’m really only guilty of one: wondering.
  • gibonaventurahas quoted6 years ago
    Create the unforgivable and you compromise infinite mercy. Forgive the unforgivable and you compromise infinite justice.
  • Антон Зуевhas quoted12 years ago
    What pains the Old Boy most is not that I do evil, but that I do what causes me excruciating pain. What pains Him is that even perpetual and excruciating pain is a price worth paying for disentangling myself from Him. That’s the crux of it.

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