Saturday, July 24, 2010

Demon, A Memoir by Tosca Lee

Book description:

Recently divorced and mired in a meaningless existence, Clay drifts from his drab apartment to his equally lusterless job as an editor for a small Boston press--until the night Lucian finds him and everything changes with the simple words, "I'm going to tell you my story, and you're going to write it down and publish it."What begins as a mystery soon spirals into chaotic obsession as Clay struggles to piece together Lucian's dark tale of love, ambition, and grace--only to discover that the demon's story has become his own. And then only one thing matters: learning how the story ends.

My review:
First off, as I have stated before, I much prefer the third person point of view over the first person point of view, as this book is written in. However, the first person point of view worked very well for this story and was probably the best way to go.

This book was proviously released by Navpress, and now has been re-released by Broadman & Holman.

Now, onto the book. What did I think of it? It was excellent, enlightening, informative, and much more. I have never read anything by this author, but I love her style. The book is about Clay, a book editor, who is approached by a demon in a human form, wanting him to write his story. In doing so, the demon goes back to the beginning - Satan's fall - and works up through the fall of man, the birth of Christ, the death and resurrection of Christ, and beyond.

Using the Biblical narrative, Tosca Lee wove quite a narrative of what that was all like. She truly has a way with words. I could almost see the events unfold as she told them - and though she took some literary license and added to the Biblical story we have, I feel she only enhanced it, and didn't stray from what it was probably like.

I walked away from reading the story with a few new insights. It never occurred to me that one of the reasons Satan fights us so hard and seeks to destroy mankind, could be rooted in jealousy. A stretch? I don't think so. Read the book and it will leave you wondering the same thing. Another: Satan does fight to take us down by any means necessary, and he may appear in inoccent forms and use distractions to take us down and ruin us.

And lastly, even though this author did a fantastic job of weaving the story of everything from Satan's fall up through modern times how he fights us, none of us will truly grasp the depth of God's sacrifice, nor how it has affected Satan's plans.
So, if I had a star rating, this book would get 5 out of 5. I do also give it my read-in-one-sitting book, for it pulled me in and kept me reading til the very end. I highly recommend this book. It is one that will make you think for sure.

About the author:

Tosca Lee is the critically-acclaimed author of Demon: A Memoir--Christy Award finalist and ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Silver Award winner--and Havah: The Story of Eve, which received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and 4.5 stars from Romantic Times.

Tosca's highly-anticipated third novel,   Iscariot, releases January of 2012.

A former first runner-up to Mrs. United States, Tosca received her B.A. from Smith College in Massachusetts. She also studied at Oxford University.

Demon, A Memoir is available from Broadman & Homan Publishers.

Thanks to the author for the review copy.


Christy said...

This sounds like A book I would really enjoy reading.