Book Review – The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

30 Mar

I read a lot of books, and I like to write reviews for them on facebook. I thought I’d share some of my favorite books with you. Leave me a comment and let me know if you’ve read it, what you thought of it, or just pass along your own book recommendation.

Andrew Davidson’s debut novel, The Gargoyle, is a unique and fantastic blend of history, mythology, love and redemption. Humorous, heartbreaking, and inspiring, this novel covers all the basics in a way that’s never quite been done before.

The narrator of The Gargoyle begins his tale recounting the days he spent recovering from severe and disfiguring burns after a terrible car crash. His sole purpose for working toward recovery is to, upon release, commit suicide. His outlook is changed when he is visited by the enigmatic artist, Marianne Engel.

Marianne, an internationally renowned sculpture of gargoyles, is convinced she and our would-be-hero were once lovers; 700 years ago. The story is further complicated upon learning that Marianne is a sometime patient in the hospital’s psychiatric ward. Still, under her guidance, the narrator finds new hope for a life after the fire, and learns a great deal about himself in the process.

This book will truly leave you in a different place than you started. Each sentence is beautifully crafted, the imagery used is phenomenal, and the story is like none you will ever read again.

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