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Yo, Lucifer

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  5,827 ratings  ·  642 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
”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
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
Sarah
"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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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
Sherryl Wynne
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!
Linda
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 1 of 5 stars  ·  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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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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Katy
Apr 27, 2014 Katy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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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Lydia
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
Jason
3.5 Stars

This is a well written and interesting take on Lucifer taking an offer from god at an attempt at redemption as he takes over the life of a suicide victim. Without spoiling anything, Lucifer is the devil after all and nothing should be surprising. What really blew me away was the way that Glen Duncan described senses. Lucifer is not prepared for all that the human senses entail, and we the reader take for granted and overlook the miracles that Duncan pens as Lucifer takes it all in. Ther
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Dean
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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Ro Cepellos
Nov 11, 2012 Ro Cepellos rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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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Saman
I really expected Lucifer to be smarter, wittier and more charming. The premise that Lucifer is in fact "Bad" was a serious put down. I wasn't expecting the writer to be loyal to the modern- let's say Christian- definition of Satan. The writing style is sometimes hard to follow, and the sentences -sometimes- hardly make any sense. But still a moderately good book. It did have a few good lines. It's a pity that such a beautiful idea was not presented in its best possible form.
Kim
The true genius here is in whoever wrote the description on the back of this book and, without lying, made it sound interesting. Because when it comes down to it, this book was really quite awful. The worst part about it is that the idea of the story had merit (Lucifer is given a second chance to redeem himself by spending a month as a mortal) and the writing showed so much potential, but it turned out to just suck. Unless you think reading about someone drinking a lot, doing all sorts of drugs, ...more
Rhys
Ok, this book....I still can't decide how I feel about it. I will say, it was an interesting concept, but overall, I think the writing failed it.
The author had great references, great quotes and one-liners but they got overwhelmed by his insistence on using as many similes as he could fit into one sentence. I felt like I wish the book would've come with the same thesaurus this guy was using when writing so we could translate the text.
It gave it color, yes, but it also made it difficult to put
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Benjamin Siess
"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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Susanne
May 04, 2012 Susanne rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who can read past this sort of shit.
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Page 6 and the book just described a majestic trajectory across the room. The concept has so much promise but I don't think I can go on reading a book narrated by such a blatant asshole. He dishes out homophobia nice and early on page 1 (ONE!)* and a yummy side of misogyny on page 4** and then goes on to boast about how successful he is at tempting men into SEXUALLY ABUSING CHILDREN (ha ha ha so funny!) on page 6... Wait, I'm just going to check the book again because I can't quite believe--no, ...more
Nadia
I don't know where to start, whether to start with the positives or the negatives. I like picking a book up and not wanting to put it down, but this was one of those books where I was literally counting the pages till the next break point so that I could stop reading it. I kept hoping for the story to pick so that it could captivate me but all that I could feel was a dislike for the main character.

Yes the main character is the Devil himself, one would hardly expect him to be a nice guy, but one
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Jesse
An interesting concept of a novel in which God gives Satan one chance at redemption by allowing him to live a life as a human. Without giving too much away, Satan simply acts as someone would expect Satan to act: completely like a hedonist. But the novel isn't really about Satan living as a man as much as it is about giving "the other side of the story" as the full title implies. And, quite frankly, it is in these moments that the novel truly finds it's voice. It is worth reading simply for the ...more
Jake
Alright it started out great and then it got really boring! I thought the author should have spent more time on the devil being out and about and not worrying so much about Glens Script! This was a difficult read for me, I would read a a page or two and wouldn't understand anything until I was at the end of the chapter or thought where he would kind of sum it up. The author used a ton of incredibly huge words which was extremely annoying not only because I didn't know some of them and I had to f ...more
Flora Bateman
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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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.
Trudi
First-person Lucifer, and all I could hear was Al Pacino's voice...
witty, outrageous, fabulous turns of phrase...
Jay
Three stars- i liked it- for the most part.
I am rather conflicted about this book. Not the subject matter per-se, but the style and execution. The general idea, the reflections on biblical 'history' and the ruminations on the nature of sin were intriguing, but there are flaws throughout despite these positives.
As many have written, the constant digression and existential ramblings became a bit cumbersome. It seemed to become a little repetitive- biblical history, present events, existential ra
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David
For those of you just coming to the devil's side of the story and the great satanic narratives this might be fun. But if you've read Dante, Milton, and (especially) Blake...Marriage of Heaven and Hell...as well as Byron and Oscar Wilde...not to mention the myriad of books written about the devil's side of the story over the last twenty years then this will be just more of the same.

This is not a book for Xtians and those with a powerful moral sensibility...this is a book about the Adversary after
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Circus
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
Ashish
Good descriptions, beautiful little snippets and side-quests, and literally a redefinition of the word 'Irreverence' - but somehow, his constant, compulsive leaping off the track down meandering paths makes the story hard to follow. Unless that's the intention, the message in the medium, the rightness in the wrong.
Unfortunately, if that's the case, the message, while subtly and skilfully delivered, is ultimately... saddening. Saddening, because it talks to everything you hold close to yourself
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Juliet
I don’t want to say too much about this book by way of what it’s about – it’s one you really have to read for yourself. Read the blurb then settle down to it.

I couldn’t put this book down. From the brilliantly immersive, descriptive language of sights and bodily sensations as Lucifer gets to grip with the five corporeal senses, to the biting analysis of modern day human life in the city, you will laugh, you will be painfully alerted to certain truths, and you will be turning the pages wanting to
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Natacha P
Compared to “The Last Werewolf,” “I, Lucifer” has a lot more challenging jargon to get past. (You’d think Lucifer would want to make himself more easily understood for maximum impact—ha.) Given its extensive British terms, it’s almost as if it was written exclusively for a British crowd. I’d be curious—and probably laughing all the way through—to see how a French translation of this book would read, and if I should find I enjoyed it more in its translated form. Needless to say, the best way for ...more
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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, The Bloodstone ...more
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