Finally, the Other Side of the Story
By Glen Duncan
(Grove Press, Paperback, 9780802140142, 272pp.)
Publication Date: April 2003
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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 eternityif 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).
A wicked, impish conceit, all ably orchestrated with Duncan’s playful intelligence and sizzling wit.” Arena
Duncan packs more wit and energy into one page of I, Lucifer than most writers fit into an entire novel. The book is a leap forward in prose.” Neal Pollack
A fiendishly sharp, intelligent examination of modern human life that is as funny as hell.” The Times (London)
Stylish Fiendishly funny, wickedly eloquent hilarious pyrotechnic prose.” Big Issue
Clever and challenging sizzling with mephitic energy.” The Independent