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BOOK REVIEW: FTN looks back at I, Lucifer

January 4th, 2013 by Michael McCaffrey 2 Comments

I, Lucifer
Author: Glen Duncan
Published by: Scribner
Pages: 272
ISBN: 0-8021-4014-9

I know it’s been about for a while, but Jesus this is an awesome book. Is it dark? Yes. It’s a book about the devil, from the point of the view of the devil. Of course it’s going to be dark. Glen Duncan does a good job of trying to keep a human vision of morality away for Lucifer’s decisions, in that they don’t seem to come from a point of view that we should really be able to understand. His morality isn’t based on anything we should be able to understand..

The idea is that Lucifer has been given a second chance, a chance for re-entry into the big man’s court. There are conditions though… He needs to live a month in the life of a human and let’s just say he puts his time to good use. I don’t want to give much away, but I think you’ll enjoy it.

Duncan has managed to do the impossible; making you feel sympathy for the devil. What he was to what he now is, like a demonic Flowers for Algernon. You’ll not only find yourself feeling sympathy for him, but also understanding why he fell. It’s an interesting journey, and the writer’s interpretation of the fall, and The Big Man’s position in it all is definitely a new one; for me, at least. He toys with the implications of true omnipotence, and his take on the angels’ view of their world is brilliant.

Of course, if you’re overly religious, you may not enjoy this.

5 out of 5 Nerds

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Jeff, whose real name is Michael. It’s a funny story, unfortunately it’s a funny story that isn’t actually that funny, and so we won’t bore you. Read a children’s encyclopaedia cover to cover as a child because nobody told him that wasn’t what you were supposed to do with those. Jeff is a Terminal Discworld addict, home brewer and semi successful scientist, and enjoys long moonlight walks through Skyrim. His main problem is though, that he will read anything, literally, anything literary. This has lead to the complete lack of shelf space remaining in his house.