Title: i, Lucifer
Author: Glen Duncan
Published: January 6th 2003
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Adult Fiction
Pages: 262 pages
Source: Paperback borrowed from my boyfriend
Book Blurb (Goodreads):
A brilliantly written portrait of Lucifer encountering the world of the senses, telling his version of the Bible, and discovering what it’s like to be human – in Clerkenwell. ‘Now, Your million questions. All, in the end, resolvable into one: What’s it like being me? What, for heaven’s sake, is it like being me? In a nutshell (which, thanks to me, is the way you like it in these hurrying and fragmented times), it’s hard.’ Finally, the other side of the story. The Prince of Darkness has been given one last chance: he will be readmitted to the company of his fellow angels if he agrees to live out a human life. Highly sceptical (naturally), the Old Deal-maker negotiates a trial period – a summer holiday in a human body, with all the delights of the flesh. The body, though, turns out to be that of Declan Gunn, a depressed writer living in Clerkenwell, interrupted mid-suicide. Making the best of a bad situation, Luce himself takes to writing – to explain, to strip back the Biblical spin, to help us see the whole thing from his point of view. And to knock that Jesus off his perch. Beset by distractions, miscalculations and all the natural shocks that flesh is heir to, Lucifer slowly begins to learn what it’s like to be us. Glen Duncan’s brilliantly written new novel is an investigation of the world of the senses – the seductiveness of evil, and the affection which keeps us human.
This was a book recommended to me by my boyfriend and I’ll admit that I was enjoying it at first, but there were a lot of things that I didn’t particularly enjoy about this book and they were mostly all personal things that others probably wouldn’t have.
One thing that you should know up front – I’m terrified of death, dying, end of the world, afterlife, all that stuff. So, this book focuses a lot on the end of the world coming and what will happen in the hereafter and it just stressed me out, if I’m being honest. It was broken up with tales of Lucifer living as a mortal and running riot but the more he contemplated on what his existence would be like after his trial period on Earth and also after the existence of humans was gone, I don’t know, it made me actually feel panicky.
Having said that, when I stepped away from it and came back a couple of times, I did manage to get through the entire book. It’s an interesting narrative and I did enjoy it in places, as I’ve said.
I just felt that overall, this book wasn’t really for me. My boyfriend loved it. I think this is very much a to each their own kind of read.
About the Author
Glen Duncan is a British author born in 1965 in Bolton, Lancashire, England to an Anglo-Indian family. He studied philosophy and literature at the universities of Lancaster and Exeter. In 1990 Duncan moved to London, where he worked as a bookseller for four years, writing in his spare time. In 1994 he visited India with his father (part roots odyssey, part research for a later work, The Bloodstone Papers) before continuing on to the United States, where he spent several months travelling the country by Amtrak train, writing much of what would become his first novel, Hope, published to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic in 1997. Duncan lives in London. Recently, his 2002 novel I, Lucifer has had the film rights purchased, with actors such as Ewan Mcgregor, Jason Brescia, Jude Law, Vin Diesel, and Daniel Craig all being considered for roles in the forthcoming movie.
*Picture and Biography from Goodreads