The Gargoyle

The Gargoyle

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By (author) Andrew Davidson

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  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 502 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 36mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1847671691
  • ISBN 13: 9781847671691
  • Edition statement: Main
  • Sales rank: 16,720

Product description

A young man is fighting for his life. Into his room walks a bewitching woman who believes she can save him. Their journey will have you believing in the impossible. The nameless and beautiful narrator of The Gargoyle 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 wakes up in a burns ward, undergoing the tortures of the damned. His life is over - he is now a monster. But in fact it is only just beginning. One day, Marianne Engel, a wild and compelling sculptress of gargoyles, enters his life and tells him that they were once lovers in medieval Germany. In her telling, he was a badly burned mercenary and she was a nun and a scribe who nursed him back to health in the famed monastery of Engelthal. As she spins her tale, Scheherazade fashion, and relates equally mesmerising stories of deathless love in Japan, Greenland, Italy and England, he finds himself drawn back to life - and, finally, to love.

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Author information

Andrew Davidson was born in Manitoba, and graduated in 1995 with a BA in English Literature from the University of British Columbia. He has worked as a teacher of English in Japan, where he has lived on and off, and as a writer of English lessons for Japanese websites. The Gargoyle is his first book. He lives in Manitoba, Canada.

Customer reviews

By Simon Ball 06 Jan 2014 5

If you think you've read it all, you need to read this book.

I've never read anything like it!

By Shawn Sheridan 13 Dec 2009 5

Extraordinary use of descriptive language. I became so involved in their stroies, I neglected to discover the narrator's name. So many life lessons with such believable characters and settings (even though I, like the narrator, "don't believe!). For a first novel, this is far and away the best read of the year.

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"'Mixing romance, classic allusion and reality, Davidson's debut is a bravura performance.' **** Marie Claire"