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There was a time I was passing an average of 28 minutes a day in a plane, which in fact means I was traveling two or more times a week, every week. It is not the most original book but it has its moments. As a debut novel I do believe Davidson did an okay job. Retrieved from ” https: I just felt that they were one-dimensional and uninteresting beyond the fact that one is burned and the other thinks they’re lovers from years ago. Also I loved taking my time with the book, as I knew where it would lead and didn’t feel the rush of wanting to find out the ending but cherished spending time with the characters and the prose. Hallucinating that a volley of arrows is being shot at him from a forest, he swerves off the road and into a ravine.

Whom does the narrator heal? We’ve found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. If she was getting reincarnated, how could she keep those copies of Inferno across all those lifetimes and different bodies? But it is also a tragedy, not in the literary way of a protagonist never changing his core beliefs, but in the sense of ending with death. While recovering, the Burned Man becomes addicted to morphine and believes there is now a snake in his spine. N doesn’t believe Maryanne, concluding that she is schizophrenic, nonetheless he comes to rely on her and in their own way the two begin a relationship. Once upon a time in fourteenth-century Germany, they were lovers.

In fact, feel free to bypass this section entirely. She insists they were lovers in medieval Germany, anderw he was a mercenary and she was a scribe in the monastery of Engelthal. You reader are in for a grand time.

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

Per the three kings, the penance for her sins was the following: I couldn’t wait for Carla to finish because she had some splanin to do. What enabled Gregor and Sayuri to recognize and nurture their love for one another? He’s addicted to drugs, drinks too much and all of this leads to him to a horrific car accident in which he is horribly burned over most of his body, even going so far as to burn and The unnamed narrator of Andrew Davidson’s debut novel “The Gargoyle” may be beautiful to the world but andree, his life is a mess.


How do you personally reconcile the concept of a loving God and the reality of human suffering? I really hope this author comes out with more books. Strangely told by a nameless narrator, The Gargoyle is a tale of love, pain, transformation and more.

In time, Marianne brings her recuperating patient home where she embarks on his final rehabilitation. Zheng junxai5 September 4, at 7: But in my heart, I know this is just a defense mechanism that Hhe manufacture simply so I can go on living with myself. Once upon a time in fourteenth-century Germany, they were lovers. I could say more but I think I’ve said my peace The Gargoyle begins with arguably one of the most stunning opening scenes in contemporary literature.

The Gargoyle Reader’s Guide

Part of the reason I loved it was for the way there were stories within stories within davidsonn, like some kind of literary Russian nested doll. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Marianne Engel is a woman with a mental disorder who is convinced she has been alive for the past years and that she loved the narrator in another life.

I could skip large parts of the contemporary story without actually missing any important plot development. The Gargoyle is an odd, intriguing boo Buddy read with Roya and then Charlie!

How does the multilingual aspect of The Gargoyle shape the novel, giving voice to the universal aspects of the human experience? The redemptive nature and the well developed characters more than make up for the queasy stomach I briefly endured. In fact, it is clear that the book has been thoroughly researched all the way through, with no details seeming sketchy or glossed over, instead leaving the reader feeling as though the author has actually stood in the countries being explained, spoken in the languages on the page and seen the sights described.


Also, both my friends finished it very quickly and falling behind, I lost some of my motivation.

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

For me it brought stories and that love of a really really good book to life again. AnnaJo I’m guessing she was immortal as they mentioned she was and something years old.

Or so I tell myself; and for now, that is enough. When she nearly died in Germany she was given another chance at life and passage into heaven if she gave away her chest full of hearts, which she does through sculpting gargoyles. Well, how about this, that it’s an intense love story where no one has sex; in fact, Davidson even drives this point home in about as obvious a manner as possible, by making our hero a victim of a fiery car crash whose d-ck has literally been burned off.

However, being BBQ’d upside down in your own car after suffering cocaine induced hallucinations and as a result swerving off a cliff side road, covering yourself in a bourbon flambe and then getting set alight is a fairly life changing catalyst which would force well, anyone, to change their perceptions of themselves and the world around them By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

He An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time. Eventually they are caught. Views Read Edit View history. It’s not often that a person can learn history,religion and culture in a book about love. I know, I know, this whine fest isn’t needed. Tge it, re-read it,cling to it and spread the word!