The Gargoyle

By Andrew Davidson; Lincoln Hoppe (Read by)
Random House Audio Publishing Group, Compact Disc, 9780739328958

Publication Date: August 5, 2008

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Description
An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time
The narrator of "The Gargoyle "is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum that is modern life. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows. He crashes into a ravine and suffers horrible burns over much of his body. As he recovers in a burn ward, undergoing the tortures of the damned, he awaits the day when he can leave the hospital and commit carefully planned suicide--for he is now a monster in appearance as well as in soul.
A beautiful and compelling, but clearly unhinged, sculptress of gargoyles by the name of Marianne Engel appears at the foot of his bed and insists that they were once lovers in medieval Germany. In her telling, he was a badly injured mercenary and she was a nun and scribe in the famed monastery of Engelthal who nursed him back to health. As she spins their tale in Scheherazade fashion and relates equally mesmerizing stories of deathless love in Japan, Iceland, Italy, and England, he finds himself drawn back to life--and, finally, in love. He is released into Marianne's care and takes up residence in her huge stone house. But all is not well. For one thing, the pull of his past sins becomes ever more powerful as the morphine he is prescribed becomes ever more addictive. For another, Marianne receives word from God that she has only twenty-seven sculptures left to complete--and her time on earth will be finished.
Already an international literary sensation, "the Gargoyle" is an "Inferno" for our time. It will have you believing in the impossible.



About the Author
Andrew Davidson is an award-winning journalist and author of the "Sunday Times" business interview page from 2003 to 2012. His previous books include "Bloodlines", an anatomy of daily life at St Thomas' Hospital, and "Smart Luck", an anthology of his interviews with well-known entrepreneurs.



Praise For The Gargoyle

Advance Praise for The Gargoyle


“I was blown away by Andrew Davidson's The Gargoyle. It reminded me of Life of Pi, with its unanswered (and unanswerable) contradictions. A hypnotic, horrifying, astonishing novel that manages, against all odds, to be redemptive."
—Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants


The Gargoyle is purely and simply an amazement, a riot, a blast. It's hard to believe that this is Andrew Davidson's first novel: He barrels out of the chute with the narrative brio and confidence, not to mention the courage, of a seasoned master. This book plucks the reader off the ground and whirls her through the air until she shouts from sheer abandonment and joy. What a great, grand treat.”
—Peter Straub

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