The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

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A New York Times BestsellerThe Gargoyle: the mesmerizing story of one man's descent into personal hell and his quest for salvation. On a dark road in the middle of the night, a car plunges into a ravine. The driver survives the crash, but his injuries confine him to a hospital burn unit. There the mysterious Marianne Engel, a sculptress of grotesques, enters his life. She insists they were lovers in medieval Germany, when he was a mercenary and she was a scribe in the monastery of Engelthal. As she spins the story of their past lives together, the man's disbelief falters; soon, even the impossible can no longer be dismissed.


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About Andrew Davidson

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ANDREW DAVIDSON was born in Pinawa, Manitoba, and graduated in 1995 from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in English literature. He has worked as a teacher in Japan, where he has lived on and off, and as a writer of English lessons for Japanese Web sites. The Gargoyle, the product of seven years' worth of research and composition, is his first book. Davidson lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
 
Published August 5, 2008 by Anchor. 482 pages
Genres: Romance, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, History. Fiction

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A romance spanning centuries and continents finds a grotesque narrator redeemed by the love of a woman who claims they first met seven centuries earlier, in this deliriously ambitious debut novel.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Gargoyle

Publishers Weekly

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At the start of Davidson's powerful debut, the unnamed narrator, “a coke-addled pornographer,” drives his car off a mountain road in a part of the country that's never specifi

Jun 16 2008 | Read Full Review of The Gargoyle

The New York Times

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... Review: Graham Swift's 'Mothering Sunday,' a Haunting Day ... 'The Gargoyle' ....
Book Review | 'The Gargoyle,' by Andrew Davidson AUG.

Aug 17 2008 | Read Full Review of The Gargoyle

The New York Times

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“What an unexpected reversal of fate,” he says: “only after my skin was burned away did I finally become able to feel.” And: “While I was now surrounded by far fewer people than before, they were far better people.” And inevitably: “Being burned was the best thing that ever happened to me because...

Jul 31 2008 | Read Full Review of The Gargoyle

The New York Times

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And so far the bloggers and booksellers have been enthusiastic, going along with the Doubleday editors’ claim that it is “a tale of unbearable suffering and ultimate redemption, a love story that spans centuries and renders the ordinary laws of probability … irrelevant.” There’s no doubt that re...

Aug 17 2008 | Read Full Review of The Gargoyle

The Guardian

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"Love," trumpets the motto on The Gargoyle's cover, "is as strong as death, as hard as hell."

Sep 27 2008 | Read Full Review of The Gargoyle

The Guardian

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with his narrator immobile in a sealed ward, there is little that can happen in the present-day narrative, which may account for the lengthy descriptions of every meal Marianne brings him.

Sep 28 2008 | Read Full Review of The Gargoyle

BC Books

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Soon he is on his way to being hooked on morphine, a substance he may use, along with razor blades, sleeping pills, a rope — whatever he can get his hands on — when the time is right to take himself out when the time comes.

Sep 24 2009 | Read Full Review of The Gargoyle

Book Reporter

But despite the implausibility of her stories, and the facts he learns about the delusions of her mental illness, her kindness, spirit and stories draw him in, and soon the love she professes for him is reciprocated.

Jan 22 2011 | Read Full Review of The Gargoyle

Entertainment Weekly

Doubleday ponied up a reported $1.25 million for Andrew Davidson's debut novel, The Gargoyle — and if they were paying for just the unintentionally hilarious sentences, that would work out to about $10,000 per howler.

Aug 01 2008 | Read Full Review of The Gargoyle

The Telegraph

It is also hard to look at the three sides of the narrator - the medieval man he supposedly was, the pre-accident stud and the highly literate observer - and discern a character, but perhaps that was the author's intention.

Sep 20 2008 | Read Full Review of The Gargoyle

The Bookbag

At times, it is hugely uncomfortable - almost stomach churning in its depiction of the physical agonies which the protagonist suffers - but although horrific, this forms a necessary part of the narrative, leading our hero to a heightened state of fear confusion and agony, which is pivotal to the ...

Jan 09 2011 | Read Full Review of The Gargoyle

Mysterious Reviews

Some take the role of the narrator's intellect, others write Marianne's past and present lives.

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Daily Kos

I speed-read several in what seems like 5 minutes, but then I am a superficial kind of guy :) .

Sep 30 2009 | Read Full Review of The Gargoyle

Bookmarks Magazine

Canadian Andrew Davidson, who received a whopping $1.2 million advance for this debut novel, claims he wrote The Gargoyle because publishing a book was an item on a list of things he wanted to accomplish during his life.

Aug 03 2008 | Read Full Review of The Gargoyle

Book Geeks

Andrew Davidson’s first novel is hugely impressive – The Gargoyle deals with extreme physical suffering and pervasive mental illness, with history and literature, and with love and loss, and Davidson handles his chosen range of themes with a great deal of panache.

Jun 13 2008 | Read Full Review of The Gargoyle

Red Room

A number of readers have suggested that taking on The Inferno (for those of us who did not get to it in high school or college) either after or before reading The Gargoyle, doubly enhances the pleasure of delving into this exceptional work of new millennium fiction.

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M/C Anderson

Cinema: Jack Reacher Michael Dalton - Added Thursday, January 03 @ 18:41:04 EST (153 reads) Reviewed by Peter Gray Given that the character of Jack Reacher has been around since 1997 when he was first introduced through Lee Childs’ novel ‘Killing Floor’ and has a se...

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