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Writers: Glen Duncan

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    Shocking and disturbing

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    Glen Duncan seems to want people to be disgusted and mortified at his novels; "I, Lucifer" has Satan living on earth and indulging in earthly pleasures, whilst "Weathercock" deals with sadism. His writing style is abrasive also, but these are not things that are designed to turn readers away; rather, they draw attention to Duncan's abrasive view toward human nature, and our greatest desires and fears. The literary conceit of Lucifer/Satan on earth, in human form, has surely never been tackled this way (he enjoys all that he can in a very short time, to excess). What's intelligent here though is the intricate balance between the metaphysical and the distinctly boring - one minute you witness a conversation between Lucifer and the Archangel Michael - and the next, it's mundane Duncan Glenn moping in his bathroom. The book suffers only from its overt focus on Lucifer's obsession with his human form, and a conclusion that to me was rushed and not as satisfying as it could have b...Glen Duncan seems to want people to be disgusted and mortified at his novels; "I, Lucifer" has Satan living on earth and indulging in earthly pleasures, whilst "Weathercock" deals with sadism. His writing style is abrasive also, but these are not things that are designed to turn readers away; rather, they draw attention to Duncan's abrasive view toward human nature, and our greatest desires and fears. The literary conceit of Lucifer/Satan on earth, in human form, has surely never been tackled this way (he enjoys all that he can in a very short time, to excess). What's intelligent here though is the intricate balance between the metaphysical and the distinctly boring - one minute you witness a conversation between Lucifer and the Archangel Michael - and the next, it's mundane Duncan Glenn moping in his bathroom. The book suffers only from its overt focus on Lucifer's obsession with his human form, and a conclusion that to me was rushed and not as satisfying as it could have been. However, the concept is at turns both hilarious and entertaining, and I would still recommend it to anyone who would be interested. (more)

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