The Gargoyle Paperback – Jan 1 2008
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“An epic page-turner. Davidson’s writing is so vivid and graphic, it will give you the chills.”
“There is an admirable clarity to his prose, a careful avoidance of the kind of turgid or melodramatic sentences one finds in lesser writers….The Gargoyle does not disappoint….Sweeping, intergenerational, wholly implausible, unapologetically melodramatic, and absolutely absorbing. While reading it I rolled my eyes more times than I care to remember; it was, at the same time, impossible to put down..”
— The Globe and Mail
“Following close behind David Wroblewski's The Story of Edgar Sawtelle and Brunonia Barry's The Lace Reader, The Gargoyle is another in this summer's extraordinary series of million-dollar debuts from unknown writers that combine elements of mystery and mysticism….I dare you to read this without flinching. It's as engrossing as it is gruesome, the kind of horror you watch with one eye closed.”
— The Washington Post
“You want to be lost in its pages, immersed in the unfolding tale of the human gargoyle and a flesh and blood wraith. In the final analysis, the real tragedy of this book is that it ends.”
— New York Daily News
“Mr. Davidson paints an engaging if not scintillating tableau.”
— The Wall Street Journal
“It's wildly romantic, a la Diana Gabaldon, but anchored by a 21st-century sensibility that owes more to Chuck Palahniuk.”
— Winnipeg Free Press
“In the first 4 1/2 pages of The Gargoyle, it's clear that Davidson can spin an electrifying yarn.”
— The Vancouver Sun
“A wild page-turner and a boldly impudent work that flirts with the trappings of gothic romances, historical novels and fantasies while skirting their clichés and remaining defiantly unique.”
— Edmonton Sun
“Davidson’s debut is storytelling at its finest, featuring a lively assortment of characters and events that combine in a gripping drama that will keep readers’ attention through the very last page. An essential summer book; highly recommended.”
— Library Journal
“[A] deliriously ambitious debut novel.”
— Kirkus (starred review)
"I was blown away by Andrew Davidson's The Gargoyle. . . . A hypnotic, horrifying, astonishing novel that manages, against all odds, to be redemptive."
— Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants
“After 44 years of reading anything I could get my hands on, including Moby Dick, reading Andrew Davidson’s debut novel made me feel as if I were done. The Gargoyle had it all — all I’d ever wanted or needed from a book….[The] characters are rich and knowing, the imagery breathtaking, the voice and rhythm unfailing.”
— The Raabe Review
From the Hardcover edition. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Andrew Davidson grew up 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 of English in Japan, where he has lived on and off since the late 1990s, and as a writer of English lessons for Japanese websites. The Gargoyle, the product of seven years’ worth of research and composition, is his first novel.
From the Hardcover edition. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The novel begins with the narrator getting in a car accident after bingeing on liquor and cocaine. He has a bottle of bourbon between his legs at the time and him and his car go up in flames. He is burned over most of his body and is in a hospital burn unit for a very long time.
Marianne Engel, a famous sculptress of gargoyles, shows up on his unit one day and tells him that they were lovers in medieval Germany. She claims that he was a mercenary and that she was a scribe. He doesn't really much faith in this claim, but is mesmerized by Marianne.
When he was ready to be released from the hospital he was still going to need continuous care. Normally he would have been sent to a rehab centre, however Marianne volunteers to take him into her home. She has the resources for him to get the care he needs.
This book is richly layered with many themes and symbolism. It is not a book to be read quickly, but rather slowly and contemplatively. One of the major themes is of redemption and there are many references to Dante's Inferno in it.
This book is not for the faint of heart. The burns that the nameless narrator goes through and many other aspects are vividly outlined. Though I don't normally like a book with much gore, it is needed in this book. It's not there to purposely shock the reader, but to inform.
I really liked this book. It has a lot to keep the reader interested and is well researched and written. The stories that Marianne tells are very engaging and were my favorite part of the book.
I only have one complaint.Read more ›
It is two months before he wakes from a coma, his body ultimately ravaged, unrecognizable as his former self. Even as he appears as a monster "a thing of engorged flesh suffused with juice," with his manhood now forever severed, images about the accident reel into each other and he cannot help but dream of gargoyles waiting to be born and a tail with one ring deeper into Hell.
While his former associates of the skin trade gradually drift away, unable to cope with the scene before them, he lies in bed, the drip of morphine inhabiting every inch of his spine. Only through his kindly doctor Nan Edwards, his therapist Gregor, and Sayuri, a bubbly Japanese physical therapist, can our narrator hope to pulled back from the brink.Read more ›
On drugs and drunk, he has a horrendous car accident which is about to change his life completely. He awakens in a hospital where he finds he is so badly burned that it is a wonder he could wake up at all. His "friends" come and go as quickly as possible. As time passes, a young woman comes in to visit him and one of the first things he notices is that she shows no look of horror at what she sees of his injuries. Instead, she makes the cryptic comment "You've been burned. Again." Rather than the sadness and disgust one might expect to feel during the burn treatments, they are relatively easy to read, well researched, and necessary to the plot. Marianne is a patient in the hospital and it is believed she has psychological disorders... or does she? Attempts to bar her from visiting him in the burn unit are to no avail.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Wow, where did this author come from. Right from the first page, super good- Spectacular mesmerizing writing.
I hope he writes another book.
This is an amazing novel and I couldn't put this book down. So different from any other story I have read, a modern day classic for sure.Published 11 months ago by colin j
How much did I enjoy this book?
Enough to own multiple copies, including one signed by the author. Read more
This book is a mesmerizing tale of a man who finds himself only after completely losing himself. It is a medieval adventure, it is a contemporary love story, it is fantasy, it is... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Darilyn Edmison
Im not a porn star or to my knowledge clinically insane. Given my background this book was quite insightful in a thoroughly entertaining way.Published on Oct. 2 2014 by Cory Chesla