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An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time. The narrator of The Gargoyle is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum that is modern life. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows. He crashes 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.
A beautiful and compelling, but clearly unhinged, sculptress of gargoyles by the name of Marianne Engel appears at the foot of his bed and insists that they were once lovers in medieval Germany. In her telling, he was a badly injured mercenary and she was a nun and scribe in the famed monastery of Engelthal who nursed him back to health. As she spins their tale in Scheherazade fashion and relates equally mesmerizing stories of deathless love in Japan, Iceland, Italy, and England, he finds himself drawn back to life - and, finally, in love. He is released into Marianne's care and takes up residence in her huge stone house.
But all is not well. For one thing, the pull of his past sins becomes ever more powerful as the morphine he is prescribed becomes ever more addictive. For another, Marianne receives word from God that she has only 27 sculptures left to complete - and her time on earth will be finished.
Already an international literary sensation, The Gargoyle is an Inferno for our time. It will have you believing in the impossible.
©2008 Andrew Davidson (P)2008 Random House, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 08-24-12

Hell is a choice

This is my 154th review. In all the books I have reviewed no matter how well I liked them I did find something to criticize. Let me say for the first time, that I found nothing to criticize in this novel. This is great writing and has great characters. I understand this is a debut novel. If so, you will want to get the book. It is going to be worth a lot of money some day.

Warning: There is a lot here about burn victims. The first two chapters which take approx. two hours to listen, are a graphic detail description of the main characters' accident and his burns. As I drove my face was in a constant grimace, because of the painful description of his burns and the description of burn treatment. Yet the writing is so good, I could not stop listening.

A few reviews ago I criticized a book for not having a plot or quest or goal. This reads like a biography, has no quest or goals, yet it is a great read. My words can not describe how good Davidson's words are.

If you liked "A Thousand Splendid Suns", " Outlander" or books period, you will like this novel.

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5 out of 5 stars
By R. H. on 11-27-08

The Gargoyle

I have never felt so inspired to write a review. This audio book impressively stands out beyond all other audio book I have listened to. It is nothing less than fantastic. I especially enjoyed the creativeness of the supporting stories as they provided wonderful suspense to the main story. I found in almost impossible to stop listening.

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