Item description for Demon: A Memoir by Tosca Lee...
Overview Book editor Clayton has been hired to author a once-in-a-lifetime memoir of Lucian, a fallen angel. When the demon shares his tales of bliss and rebellion, creation and salvation, and God's relentless pursuit of mankind, Clay realizes he's writing his own life's story. Will the choice he's forced to make be redemptive---or destructive? 272 pages, softcover from NavPress.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.16" Width: 6.64" Height: 0.85" Weight: 0.76 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2007
Publisher NAV PRESS #111
ISBN 1600061230 ISBN13 9781600061233
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More About Tosca Lee
Tosca Lee is author of the critically acclaimed and extensively-awarded novels Demon: A Memoir and Havah: The Story of Eve. A sought-after speaker and former Mrs. Nebraska, she continues to work for local charities and as a senior consultant for a global consulting firm. Tosca holds a degree in English and International Relations from Smith College and also studied at Oxford University. She enjoys travel, cooking, history, and theology, and lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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Take a journey with me.. Oct 18, 2008
Demon is written as "a memoir" but, to the reader, it is more a journey. It is the journey of a man, Clay, as he sees all of pre-history and recorded time through the eyes of his tour guide, Lucian. A demon. I can say that in a review without feeling it is the slightest spoiler. To anyone who really reads the book, reads it and opens their mind to the perspectives, questions, and challenges within it, is going to seem so much more than "just a story."
Tosca Lee's descriptive turn fits the subject matter of the book perfectly. She paints pictures of the world, as seen through the eyes of a being we can only vaguely comprehend (the demon), that are so vivid as to bring home to us not just their beauty but the differences between ourselves and the being doing the viewing (again, the demon).
With those fabulous descriptions, the writer does an excellent job of bringing us into the shoes of the protagonist. Clayton, or "Clay" as he is called through most of the book, is so very much the 'everyman' of today's society that I would imagine most people will find it hard NOT to connect with him. For those who do not, read the book again. Please. You are missing an incredible experience. For myself, midway through the book I found myself possessed of the same manic "must know" desire that Clay expresses when thinking of the demon and his words.
Finally, having painted the picture and brought the reader into the story, the tale becomes so personal that it may, indeed, put people off. Tosca Lee uses her prose to open the reader's heart. The insights in Demon hold a mirror, for those that can see it, and what that mirror shows of each of us may truly be disturbing for the individual.
"Demon: a memoir" is, at one and the same time, not for the faint of heart or for those that lack certainty... but also a must read for just those people, if they have even the smallest desire to see the possibility in their lives.
Through the eyes of ... Oct 14, 2008
I hadn't read many pages of Demon: A Memoir before it struck me how much it reminded me of the movie "Dogma". Granted, Demon is a lot more respectful, but the two actually have a lot more in common than one would think at a first glance. Dogma shows the story of two angels, banished to earth, telling us how they saw God's love for humans. Demon flips the tale around, but a lot of the details are the same. Clay, a failed author-gone-editor is approached by the demon Lucian who wants to tell his story to Clay so that he can write and publish it. Through the eyes of a fallen angel we're taken through the Bible from before God had even created the earth yet, until just after the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Lucian describes passionately the rise and consequent fall of Lucifer and his followers, and the shock of the demons when God created humans, not to take their place, but to be so much more-to be friends of God, to be loved by Him, even when imperfect. The demons couldn't understand such a thing. They were damned for following Lucifer and could never return to Heaven. Why didn't God treat humans the same way? Seeing the history of mankind through the eyes of a demon, the unfairness raises the obvious question of why humans and angels/demons were treated so differently, and suddenly we gain a whole new perspective of why Satan hates humans so much: jealousy-plain and simple. If he can't have eternal life with God, then neither should we.
Demon: A Memoir is a fascinating book covering a well-known topic from a new angle. Tosca Lee helps the reader to question things so often taken for granted, so I was left with a new and better understanding of God and His love for us humans.
The book isn't specifically aimed at Christians, and there's next to no "preaching" in it, so the label "Christian fiction" needn't scare any potential readers away. Regardless of faith and religion the description of human nature-for better or worse-will resonate in any reader.
Armchair Interviews says: A good read for anyone curious about God.
One of the best novels I've ever read. Sep 20, 2008
I concur wholeheartedly with Eric Wilson's review.
Demon is a brilliant retelling of our story, providing a unique perspective that will deepen the understanding of believers and non-believers alike.
Never preachy or condescending, Demon lays its "truth" bare before the reader, not to push or pull, but to simply be observed-leaving the inevitable reflection to the innate longing for knowledge we all share. -- A remarkable acheivement.
Terrific Aug 28, 2008
This is one of the best books I've read yet this year. Seriously. I knew it would be good because I've heard tons of people say it was terrific, and I wasn't disappointed.
This is a clever, innovative, mind-boggling novel that gave me an entirely new perspective of demons, of grace, and of God's divinity. It's a fascinating picture of redemption and the gospel like none other I've read before.
As far as I can tell, it's biblically accurate, but the author delves deeper into the passages in Genesis (and also others in the Old Testament) to create a vibrant, emotional picture of God Almighty.
I don't often recommend books to my husband, because he is not a reader. However, I have recommended this book to him, because it's not just a story, it's a dramatically different way to view God's power and sovereignty in a way I'd never thought of before.
Well written and interesting Aug 14, 2008
Let me begin by saying that when I first purchased this book, I wasn't aware of the fact that it's Christian fiction. I'm not Christian, so rest assured that this review is based on this book's actual merits rather than feeling the need to praise the religious message.
I was actually stunned by the incredible writing style of Lee. Since the author is a relative unknown at the time of this writing, I expected something that was passable in regards to literary quality, but instead I recieved a book whose quality was just as high as that of any well known author. Some have compared this book to "Interview with the Vampire" - although theoretically similar, the execution is quite different, and I found Lee's writing to be superior to that of Anne Rice.
If you're looking for a compelling book told from the perspective of the "other side," this is a good choice. Lee does a good job of portraying Biblical tales in a living sort of way, making it convincing that Lucian actually witnessed these events personally. One aspect of the book that I found very nice was Lee's use of old Hebrew terms and so on, showing that she is actually something of a Biblical scholar, rather than just taking the modern translations that most are familiar with for granted.
Although this book does contain a pro-Christian message, Lee doesn't get on a soap box about it, which is refreshing and allows the book to appeal to a wider audience. The religious message doesn't even become overt until near the end. If you're a Christian, then this book will undoubtably reaffirm your beliefs. If you're not a Christian, this book will probably not do much to convince you, since it's the same argument you've probably heard before and Lee does not make any attempt to answer the hard questions of regarding the Christian faith. However, I do not fault Lee for not attempting this, since I think the tale was better told as it was, rather than dwelling too long on theological arguments.
In the end, I would give the book 3 1/2 stars if I could. It falls short of 4 stars not because of the theological content, but because of my only real problem with the book, which was that I felt like there should have been a little more of a climax towards the end. Things are built up and it looks as if there might be some kind of confrontation between the fallen and unfallen, but while the suspense is there, it never really comes to pass. Don't get me wrong, the book does have a conclusion, and one which I thought served Lee's purpose well, but a tiny bit more excitement right before the end would have been a nice pay off. This was only a small disappointment though, and I highly recommend this fascinating book.