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The Gargoyle

Davidson, Andrew

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Gargoyle
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A very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, crashes his car into a ravine and suffers horrible burns over much of his body. As he recovers in a burn ward, undergoing the tortures of the damned, he awaits the day when he can leave the hospital and commit carefully planned suicide--for he is now a monster in appearance as well as in soul. Then a beautiful and compelling, but clearly unhinged, sculptress of gargoyles by the name of Marianne Engel appears at the foot of his bed and tells him that they were once lovers in medieval Germany.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385524940
0385524943
Branch Call Number: FICTION DAVIDSON 2008
Characteristics: 468 p. ;,25 cm

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An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time, The Gargoyle is a hypnotic, horrifying, astonishing novel that manages, against all odds, to be redemptive.


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Nov 23, 2014
  • maliciousgod rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is absolutely magnificent and had earned it's place as my favourite novel. I wish I could express just how absolutely amazed I was by this book. The writing is absolutely beautiful and the imagery was probably the most vivid I've ever read. The story was engaging and kept you interested throughout the whole book despite about half of it taking place in a single room. The characters were brilliantly written and felt very real, and all the little stories told in the novel were tied in beautifully at the end, and honestly I have no words that can truly describe how amazing this book is. It's something I would recommend to anyone because it is honestly the best book I've ever read.

Aug 21, 2014
  • Nunca1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is my favorite book ever! i absolutely loved it, so much that when i finished it, I told my husband that i was going to read it again starting tomorrow! I hope that it won't take Andrew Davidson 9 years to write his second novel!

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "Amazing narrative. You can feel his pain- physically- through the words. Pulls at the heart strings and leaves you on the edge of your seat."

Jul 07, 2014
  • 671books rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I loved the background and historical context for this book. I'd say it is definitely aimed more to women than men though.

Full review here: http://www.671books.net/fiction/the-gargoyle/

Jul 29, 2013
  • mamabuzz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

incredibly written novel. joy to read.

Jul 22, 2013
  • aghostdream rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Andrew Davidson's debut novel is something he should be very proud of.

The level of detail he includes reminded me of James Frey's style of writing, but somehow in a far more elegant fashion. This novel offers so much to the reader, it's difficult to touch on every benefit in a short review.

When asked what my favourite novel is, this has been my answer for quite a while. It's a story backed with research, it's full of depth, and it will leave you speechless by the end.

Mar 20, 2013
  • kleinkid7 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This story starts with the gruesome details of crippling car accident and moves into a tale of how the survivor, at first determined to end his life, discovers he has come under the care of a woman who claims they have been lovers in several different lifetimes overs hundreds of years. Great characters and enjoyable side stories of (alleged) past lives make this a very interesting read.

Mar 12, 2013
  • 9digitgramma rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A very unusual novel. I really enjoyed the author's writing style ... As a Christian I'm not sure I believed in a lot of it ... but that's why its called fiction. We all have different perspectives on the universe. I certainly had difficulty putting it down once I got into it.

Jan 05, 2013
  • angeye87 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely loved this book :) It's not for everyone, but it is an amazing story. I'm a fan of Dante's Inferno, so it made this book that much more enjoyable.

Aug 31, 2012
  • HerpyDerp rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Derp! Captivating and awesome. But it could let off some of the oh-so overflowing sex content. Nonetheless, this is DERP VERIFIED

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Aug 31, 2012
  • HerpyDerp rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: huh

Apr 05, 2009
  • Berth rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Apr 05, 2009
  • Berth rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Aug 21, 2008
  • literalicious rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Aug 21, 2008
  • literalicious rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Aug 21, 2008
  • literalicious rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Aug 31, 2012
  • HerpyDerp rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

HerpyDerp thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 30

May 17, 2011
  • Dustij rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 21, 2008
  • literalicious rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time.

On a burn ward, a man lies between living and dying, so disfigured that no one from his past life would even recognize him. His only comfort comes from imagining various inventive ways to end his misery. Then a woman named Marianne Engel walks into his hospital room, a wild-haired, schizophrenic sculptress on the lam from the psych ward upstairs, who insists that she knows him – that she has known him, in fact, for seven hundred years. She remembers vividly when they met, in another hospital ward at a convent in medieval Germany, when she was a nun and he was a wounded mercenary left to die. If he has forgotten this, he is not to worry: she will prove it to him.

And so Marianne Engel begins to tell him their story, carving away his disbelief and slowly drawing him into the orbit and power of a word he'd never uttered: love.

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Aug 21, 2008
  • literalicious rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Davidson’s debut is storytelling at its finest, featuring a lively assortment of characters and events that combine in a gripping drama that will keep readers’ attention through the very last page. An essential summer book; highly recommended.”
–Library Journal

“[A] deliriously ambitious debut novel.”
–Kirkus (starred review)

–"I was blown away by Andrew Davidson's The Gargoyle. . . . A hypnotic, horrifying, astonishing novel that manages, against all odds, to be redemptive."
Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants

“After 44 years of reading anything I could get my hands on, including Moby-Dick, reading Andrew Davidson’s debut novel made me feel as if I were done. The Gargoyle had it all – all I’d ever wanted or needed from a book….[The] characters are rich and knowing, the imagery breathtaking, the voice and rhythm unfailing.”
–The Raabe Review

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