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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.
Authors: Davidson, Andrew, 1969-
Title: The gargoyle
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 468 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Andrew Davidson
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9780385524940
0385524943
Branch Call Number: FICTION DAVIDSON 2008
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Report This Jul 29, 2013
  • mamabuzz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

incredibly written novel. joy to read.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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

Report This Aug 14, 2012
  • sarahbrown87 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely loved this book! Could not put it down once I picked it up.I was very excited after to find out the author was born in Pinawa, MB. Which is very close to my hometown of Lac du Bonnet! :)

Report This Aug 03, 2012
  • paigecc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

sounds like the movie Beastly..This is a great movie.

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  • Basileus rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent novel. Main character is vain and not very nice. After a terrible car accident, he is left in hospital severly burned...as if the ugliness outside now matches the ugliness of his soul. Out of seemingly no where a woman shows up and is convinced that they have a shared history of many lifetimes in the past. So alternating his brutal recovery (very graphic descriptions of burn treatment and repair) are stories (or memories?) from centuries past as well as his growing connection to this mysterious woman. Absolutely fascinating novel and highly recommended.

Report This Jul 29, 2012
  • shakti1234 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one to own, beautiful, poetic and breathtaking. I could not put it down and would recommend it.

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  • HerpyDerp rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Report This 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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  • HerpyDerp rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: huh

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  • Berth rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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  • Berth rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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  • literalicious rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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  • literalicious rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Report This 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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