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I, Lucifer by Glen Duncan
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Jan 22, 11

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Read in January, 2011

Glen Duncan's novel features the Prince of Darkness in the body of down-and-out writer Declan Gunn (anagram, anyone?), just about to slit his wrists. The apocalypse looms, and God has offered fallen angel Lucifer a second chance at redemption by enticing him with a month of earthly embodiment--an offer he can't refuse, given his taste for cocaine, sexual mischief, and other earthly pleasures. In between acts of debauchery, Lucifer/Gunn resvives his literary career and revels in tastes, smells, sunsets, London. He muses theological, contemplating free will and the Fall and thinks about--just maybe--getting back on God's good side. The novel's Christian redemption moral may catch some readers off guard (wasn't this book supposed to be about evil pleasures?), but they likely won't want to put it down. Duncan's witty and perverse, yet somehow life-affirming message is powerful indeed...a surprisingly innovative and sympathetic approach to a timeless subject. Joe Kendy

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