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


Publisher:Grove Press



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Glen Duncans I, Lucifer begins one steamy summer as some heavy negotiations are taking place in Heaven. God has decided to give Lucifer, the furthest-fallen of all fallen angels, a second chance. The Prince of Darkness can return to the fold, provided he manages to last one month on earth without sin. The human form chosen for this celestial experiment? A depressed novelist of little renown, currently contemplating suicide in his Clerkenwell garret.

Lucifer eagerly grasps the opportunity for a holiday on earth, and uses his hosts identity to re-write the story of Creation in a format that has Hollywood moguls kissing his feet. Its not popular with Him Upstairs, of course, what with the Devil being portrayed as a maverick free-thinker and God as a humourless autocrat. But Lucifers having too much fun to care. Hes experiencing the pleasures of the flesh for the first time and everything  the odour of sweaty tube trains, cocaine, ice-cream, dirty sex--delights him. By the time the archangels are dispatched to bring him back, the Lord of all thats inhumane cant think of anything hed rather be than human.

Lucifer befogs his audience, alternately spitting fury at them like some sulphur-charged Dennis Leary and then insisting that hes a nice guy, just misunderstood. Whats clear, however, is that Glen Duncan is not merely one of those writers who can come up with amusing concepts. Hes a sharp, sometimes savage observer of the human condition, whose talents are as many as the legions of Hell.--Matthew Baylis

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