The 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 injuriesconfine 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 dismisses
This novel was recommended to me by one of my cousins. We have similar taste when it comes to the literature we read, and during one of our many book conversations, she brought up The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson.
Since I practically live at the Chapters/Indigo by my house, this book was not "new" to me. I had seen it in passing many times. glanced at it sitting on the best sellers book shelf and seen the recommended employee name stuck to the corner of the cover, but I never thought to myself, "hey this might be a good book to read." It took the convincing of my cousin for me to finally grab the Gargoyle and take it home.
To be honest, when I first began reading it I was a bit skeptical. The style was a bit different and from the first page, tragedy seemed to fill the book. But what I wasn't expecting was that this tragedy was going to turn into one of the most tragically beautiful stories I've read in a long time. Since this novel stems out of a completely different genre that what I've been reading, I can't compare it to something else. It is a book that stands on its own in glorious fashion. The protagonist was tragic, flawed, imperfect and raw. He isn't exactly the most likeable guy at first, but once you follow along beside him through the events taking place, you grow to love him.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good love story that will make you believe in the true essence of love.