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The Gargoyle

The Gargoyle, August 2008
by Andrew Davidson

Doubleday
480 pages
ISBN: 0385524943
EAN: 9780385524940
Hardcover
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"An interesting, innovative and clever work of fiction that almost defies description."

Fresh Fiction Review

The Gargoyle
Andrew Davidson

Reviewed by Mandy Burns
Posted July 19, 2008

Romance Time Travel | Paranormal | Fiction

Dangerous hills, winding roads, illegal drugs and excessive amounts of alcohol are a lethal combination to a popular film star and his fast car. It takes only a quick movement of the steering wheel to careen into the valley below and ignite into hot blue flames, changing a life forever. Being a patient in a local hospital's burn unit is the least likely place a famous person imagines they'll be, especially since giving up seems easier than surviving.

Marianne Engel's passion is making beautiful sculptures for a living, but it's her strong spiritual beliefs and religious background that bring her to the room of the burn unit. The relationship she builds with a patient there is not an accident, but created by divine intervention and a long-ago connection to the past. Together they journey through time making memories and healing, but can they save each other from who they once were to become more?

THE GARGOYLE is intelligent, innovative and dark -- and really makes you think. I now have a refreshing new perspective on literary work such as DANTE'S INFERNO. This is a great read!

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SUMMARY

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 twenty-seven 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.


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