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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Monday, November 08, 2010

The Gargoyle

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Doubleday (August 5, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0385524943

 

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. At the start of Davidson's powerful debut, the unnamed narrator, a coke-addled pornographer, drives his car off a mountain road in a part of the country that's never specified. During his painful recovery from horrific burns suffered in the crash, the narrator plots to end his life after his release from the hospital. When a schizophrenic fellow patient, Marianne Engel, begins to visit him and describe her memories of their love affair in medieval Germany, the narrator is at first skeptical, but grows less so. Eventually, he abandons his elaborate suicide plan and envisions a life with Engel, a sculptress specializing in gargoyles. Davidson, in addition to making his flawed protagonist fully sympathetic, blends convincing historical detail with deeply felt emotion in both Engel's recollections of her past life with the narrator and her moving accounts of tragic love. Once launched into this intense tale of unconventional romance, few readers will want to put it down.

Well now.. yes, indeed I finished yet another gothic story!

The Gargoyle is was quite different from any I've read and I have to say, it held my interest. This is a great surprise to me because much of it talks about "old religion" and I'm not fond of books that put a lot of religion in them . (kinda feel that's a private thing)..anyway... this one had it but still maintained my interest constantly picking up the book to read more and more.  I guess that means it was a good read!

I don't want to say much about it.  The Amazon review does a good job of telling about the book.  I will say that both the lead characters,  were beautifully written.  If someone told me I'd like a coke head guy and a schizophrenic gargoyle carving female I'd have laughed pretty hard at them!.. somehow Davidson managed to make them both likeable!  That alone is worth the read!

The Gargoyle would have bode well for RIP and it was there among my choices..as usually I was not quite fast enough, but that's ok.. cause I still am reading more gothic "stuff"!

And so, I bid farewell to The Gargoyle ..and hello to Fingersmith. 

4 Comments:

Blogger Debi said...

This one has caught my eye before...I suspect I would like it. But oh, there's just so many books to be read, aren't there?

11:31 AM  
Blogger Cath said...

I had this at one stage and decided I might not like it so let my daughter take it off my hands. Still not sure if it would be my kind of thing but am certainly enjoying The Meaning of Night, Pat! Its complexity is reminding me a bit of Fingersmith.

11:51 AM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I cannot get over how much you read, Pat! I think it is wonderful! Though this book wouldn't interest me at all.....

As to my Blog sounding like a whole new nlog...lol...I have written lots of 'opinions' about movies and TV shows throughout my five years...I just never called them 'my opinion', but maybe I should have....

1:36 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

I read this book two years ago for RIP and thought it was amazing :-)

9:42 AM  

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