Quick Book Review: The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
March 15, 2012 20 Comments
The narrator of the book is a successful and good looking porn actor and producer who is badly burned after a car accident. He spends many months at the burns unit in the hospital and doesn’t really care about life anymore. In fact, he plans to commit suicide the moment he’ll get out of the hospital.
But then he meets another patient, from the psychiatrics ward, Marianne. She is rather strange but he enjoys talking to her. She tells him stories about the past, and claims to be 700 years old herself. She also thinks they used to be lovers in previous lives.
The man assumes she’s schizophrenic but she does know some things about him that she couldn’t possibly know. When he gets further involved with her, he finds out how crazy she really is, but he starts to care for her a lot.
It was an interesting story, with a good mix of contemporary fiction and historical fiction. At first, I wasn’t keen to be reading stories within the story, but this actually worked well and eventually, I wanted to know what happened in the past as much as I wanted to know what would happen in the current time.