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Yo, Lucifer

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,114 Ratings  ·  755 Reviews
Presentamos al fin en espanol la divertida y exitosa novela de Glen Duncan aclamada por publico y critica en el mercado anglosajon y cuya version cinematografica se encuentra actualmente en fase de produccion. El argumento es el siguiente: el fin de todas las cosas se acerca y al Principe de las Tinieblas se le ha concedido una ultima oportunidad de redencion siempre que s ...more
252 pages
Published 2008 by Berenice (first published July 1st 2002)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Jan 17, 2013 Jeffrey Keeten rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
”Once upon a...
Time, you’ll be pleased to know--and since one must start somewhere--was created in creation.
What was there before creation? is meaningless. Time is a property of creation. What there was was the Old Chap peering in a state of perpetual nowness up His own almighty sphincter trying to find out who the devil He was. His big problem was there was no way to distinguish Himself from the Void. If you’re Everything you might as well be Nothing. So He created us, and with a whiz and a ban
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Mark Rice
Dec 13, 2011 Mark Rice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From a descriptive-writing perspective, this book is almost flawless. Glen Duncan has the ability to engage all the senses of the reader in a way I've never seen bettered. Were I to review this book purely on the power of its evocative descriptions, it'd earn five stars without a doubt. I could overlook the peppering of grammatical misdemeanours (comma-spliced sentences; commas where they don't belong; missing commas where they do belong; several instances of using 'her' where the correct pronou ...more
Djrmel
Very funny, very intelligent and very original! The tag-line for this book (when did books start having tag-lines, anyway?) is "Finally, the other side of the story." and that is exactly what we get. Lucifer is offered a chance to return to live in Heaven, by God, if he can live on Earth, as a mortal, and not cause trouble, for one month. The body he is given as his instrument of redemption belongs to a writer, and that inspires Lucifer to use the time to tell his version of Creation, Adam and E ...more
Sarah
Feb 21, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I, Lucifer" seems at first like your typical redemption-of-the-Devil story. God has decided to draw the curtains on the world, and gives Lucifer one last offer: live as a human, in a human body, for one month, and if he can do so without committing sin and doing harm, he's back in heaven.

Thankfully, this is where the typical story and this story part ways. Lucifer takes the offer, but only to get the identity. Once he's in the body of suicidal author Declan Gunn, he throws the prospect of a go
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Lydia
Jan 27, 2009 Lydia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I borrowed this book from my roommate's boyfriend, but I'm going to buy a copy. I want to read it again and again. In the beginning, everything is very clear cut. The devil gets to be a human for a month? sign me up. He's debaucherous and witty and gets into all kinds of biblical discussions about the history of creation and the Fall. the book tricks you into thinking it will all be fun and shenanigans. But it gets very mind-bending towards the end. Lucifer contemplates a lot of possible outc ...more
Ro Cepellos
Nov 11, 2012 Ro Cepellos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like alternate perspectives
Recommended to Ro by: Aisha
Please allow me to introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste
I've been around for a long, long year
Stole many a man's soul and faith...
-Sympathy for the Devil, the Rolling Stones


A positively wicked romp through what the titular character calls "the concussive world of matter." The book chronicles Lucifer's brief reincarnation and experiences in fleshy form. Like Roald Dahl's My Uncle Oswald, I, Lucifer is explicit without being raunchy, vivid without being too overt, and tastefully navigat
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Kristijan
Ili su moja očekivanja bila preeeeeeevelika ili je Dankan ovde žestoko omašio...
Odmah da napišem - nisam čitao nijedan od njegovih romana iz sveta vukodlaka (iako mi lagano hvataju prašinu na polici jer ne mogu da stignu na red od nekih drugih knjiga) i iskreno se nadam da dotični romani nisu ovakvi...
Dankan i ja se već na prvih dvadesetak strana nismo našli. Iako su mi mnogi nahvalili ovaj roman i pročitao sam dosta pozitivnih kritika, jednostavno ne mogu da nađem dovoljno razloga kako bi ovaj
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Whitney Milam
WOW. So many chills on that last page. Adored it. The most compelling, witty, & vivid first-person narrative voice I've read in a really long time. All kinds of thought-provoking.
Katy
Apr 27, 2014 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy a rambling journey
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Literary Fiction
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: People who like to look at things from a different perspective
Trigger Warnings: This is a story told from Lucifer's point of view, so he often thinks about things that aren't at all nice, such as possibly raping a woman, or killing people, etc. It's mostly just thoughts, but be aware of them. Attempted suicide.

My Thoughts: I'm still trying to make sense of this piece. The book isn't much about anything but the journey, Lucife
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Benjamin Siess
Aug 04, 2011 Benjamin Siess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I, Lucifer" is kind of what "Screwtape Letters" would have been if C.S. Lewis hadn't been so afraid of using profanity, making poop jokes, and talking about his erectile dysfunction.

In both, they give us a completely different picture of what temptation is really all about. Subtlety.

"I, Lucifer" has complex prose which is what makes Duncan's sometimes middle school humor unique. It is also responsible for making the book difficult to read despite its short length and big print. Also difficult
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Linda
Apr 07, 2013 Linda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jesus Christ, this is the worst book I've read in a long time. This portrayal of Lucifer, while attempting to be witty and acerbic, comes across as a severe case of arrogant fallacy-of-youth A.D.D. suffering rebellious adolescent, scribbling into their hastily written diary.

Want a well-written and interesting portrayal of the devil? Read Neil Gaiman's Sandman series, Mike Carey's Lucifer series (based on Gaiman's Lucifer) or Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, all of whom have charming
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Jessica
Nov 23, 2009 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jessica by: Jesse Mack Johnson
The premise of the book is interesting, of course: the Devil, fallen angel Lucifer himself, gets a chance to live on Earth as a human for one month. And it would have been good, I believe, if the first-person narrative didn't dwindle into long rants and digressions of infinite tedium. Lucifer talks in circles and tries to play with words in a means to be clever, but just comes off as boring instead.

The only relevant and cohesive parts of the book were those in which Satan tells the famous bible
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Sherryl Wynne
Feb 14, 2008 Sherryl Wynne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, truth be told I hated this book and would have put it down after the first 10 pages if it wasn't my book club's selection. A very difficult read. Disturbing - well, you know, Lucifer just isn't a very nic guy. Some really interesting takes on the Garden of Eden and the "fall" though. And it was interesting to read of his appreciation (and our lack) of everyday things like smells and colors... Still... I wouldn't recommend it to anyone I know!
Wayland Smith
Jul 17, 2015 Wayland Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise has been done before, certainly- the Devil telling his side of the story. Still, the review I read made me want to check it out, so I did. I'm very glad I did so.

Lucifer gets his chance at redemption, but as part of the deal, he must live as a mortal for a time. Instead of some great and powerful person, he gets put in the body of a writer whose life had gone so badly he was committing suicide when Lucifer ended up inside him. To no great surprise, Lucifer does NOT end up living the
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Roewoof
Sep 21, 2014 Roewoof rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucifer gets an offer from God. A chance at redemption, a chance to return home. But here's the catch, he has to live in the body of a mortal of God's choosing. Hilarity ensues. Well, sort of.

I found Glen Duncan's Lucifer to be funny, charming, repelling at times, but always honest, and surprisingly sensitive. I loved this book. I put it down for two weeks because I didn't want to finish it. Duncan has a sense of humor that is really difficult for me to resist, he's sarcastic, but not annoyingl
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Izabela
May 14, 2015 Izabela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely hysterical, with a dry British humor that takes a little getting used to. It's NOT a story of Lucifer's redemption, nor is it for Christians who get easily offended. It's a romp through a hedonistic human life as seen through the devil's eyes.
Circus
Jan 30, 2009 Circus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
It starts with great promise and ends with a little less promise (it all has to end somewhere, right?), but the middle...the middle's a bit of an aimless slog where not much happens. That said, it has some really great moments -- and it was a bold enterprise, writing as Lucifer. He does it convincingly; the book has that very much in its favor. In fact, in terms of its writing, it's lovely -- gorgeous prose, displaying an excellent level of insight into humanity and shining a flashlight on that ...more
Rose
All hail seitan! Oh, wait, that line is for my review of a vegetarian cookbook.

I, Lucifer is a little bit of a treatise on how we'd do exactly the same things Satan has done if we were in his position. And it was pretty damn convincing: "The idea of spending eternity with nothing to do except praise God is utterly unappealing. You'd be catatonic after and hour. Heaven's a swiz because to get in you have to leave yourself outside. You can't blame me because - now do please be honest with yourself
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Flora Smith
I loved this book, but I admit it is certainly not for everybody. It absolutely drips with satire.

In this book we hear Lucifer's side of the story about everything from his fall to what happened in the Garden of Eden and even about the crucifiction. If you are easily offended about religious matters then this is definitely not the book for you. However, for those of you who are not this is a fun read. It has humor, sadness, philosophy, and ways of looking at things that I had not thought about
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Debra
Mar 24, 2012 Debra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Humorous, sometimes crude, intelligent memoir from the man himself: Lucifer! Bogs down with large words and philosophical bents in some places, but very worth trudging through. Britain-speak abounds, also, so at times I just didn't know what Lucifer was talking about. Loved the anagram for Lucifer's possessed man's name. Very much worth the read.
Aksel Dadswell
Dec 04, 2015 Aksel Dadswell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this both mind-blowing and underwhelming.

On one hand, Duncan's writing is as witty and lyrical and engaging as ever, and this is what elevates the book beyond the interesting conceit of Lucifer telling us a story - his side of the story, with multiple asides about various historical characters and the nature of God, the Fall etc - but that doesn't mean it never gets tedious or bogged down in its own solipsistic self-awareness. But in this I think Duncan's choice is deliberate. The style
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Rhian Pritchard
Ouch. Ouch ouch ouch. A very clever book, perhaps a bit beyond me, but also incredibly painful, in two senses. Firstly, the usual way; empathising with the character, which is masterfully done in this case. Lucifer is intensely dislikeable and yet somehow we are given so much of an insight into his mind, his personality, his very existence that the fictitious nature of that aspect of the book's theology is completely forgotten. My heart aches for him, despite the fact that I simultaneously - and ...more
Dean
Jan 20, 2013 Dean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It took me several years to finish this book.
No exaggeration in that. Several years.
I picked it up, I started it, got about one-quarter of the way done with it and put it down again only to repeat that process two more times.
Why?
I am not sure.
The premise was not a new one, but the telling seemed compelling.
It opens with Lucifer (our protagonist?) telling you, the reader, of some of the earthly delights/things that he must have had a hand in along with various twists on his name.
I hear in my head
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Nicolas
Cette histoire est une chouette surprise, mais un peu décevante sur la fin.
Comme le titre l'indique, elle nous raconte donc la vie de Lucifer, d'une façon autobiographique assez intéressante. En effet, il possède temporairement le corps d'un écrivain raté, Declan Gunn, et utilise le talent de cet auteur pour nous raconter, sans intermédiaire, sa vision de la Bible. On a donc droit à des passages assez ironiquement drôles, comme la création, Adam et Eve, ou franchement comiques (sa remarque à Jés
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Julia
Jul 02, 2014 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was glorious. The level of description is fantastic. The imagery, metaphors, similes and the endless bounty of inter-textual references will make your brain swell. The plot is unique and the character of Lucifer is developed delightfully well. Goes off on A LOT of tangents that confuse the hell out of you but you welcome the delirium. Also makes you truly appreciative of the delicate sensations life gives us that we take for granted. Loved it. LOVED. IT.
Trudi
First-person Lucifer, and all I could hear was Al Pacino's voice...
witty, outrageous, fabulous turns of phrase...
S.J. Hollis
Oct 18, 2013 S.J. Hollis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best opening paragraph ever written and, honestly, nothing really does honk like a dog's paw.
Billie Alfrey
Sep 02, 2014 Billie Alfrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic book. It took me far too long to finish cause I was going through one of those phases where I read like, once a month. But even so, every time I did pick this book up I was greeted with the most thought provoking writing I've read in a long time. So quotable too. A few of my faves:

“Words betrayed her: beautiful butterflies in her mind; dead moths when she opened her mouth for their release into the world.” - Pg.55

“You don’t, darling, ‘summon’ Lucifer. He’s not a fucking butler.
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Mat Costanzo
Jul 05, 2014 Mat Costanzo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why does nobody focus in their reviews on the the character, Lucifer as he portrays himself, a bored, brilliant, erudite, classy and clever thing with realms of chutzpah and a jaded, sardonic confidence? This is why this book is as important as it is to me. And when I hunt through the reviews to find more like it, I'm really looking for that chutzpah, that clarity, that past-it sense of loss. None of this other novels have it.

The other thing I never hear about in reviews of I, Lucifer that I th
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 Eden Creed
May 09, 2014 Eden Creed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I resisted this book. I have resisted this book for many years, since the first time that my best friend recommended it to me. I picked it up once, about a year ago, but whether from an under stimulated desire to read or whatever other cause made me stay away from books for far too long a time, I put this aside after a cursory page-flipping.

Now, I had a big issue getting into the style of the story. It took me a while to be able to understand the ups and downs of the writing and I felt like I wa
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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,
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