Quick Book Review: The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

The Gargoyle by Andrew DavidsonRating: 4 out of 5 stars
I read this in: Dutch (De waterspuwer), the original language is English
Number of pages: 478
First published: 2008
Genre: contemporary fiction, historical fiction

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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.

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20 Responses to Quick Book Review: The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

  1. I actually have this book, and have had it for years but am yet to read it. My daughter did read it and loved it. She keeps on telling me to read it already, but you know how it is; so many books, so little time.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Marleen, I liked this book but I didn’t love it. It’s hard to say whether you should read it instantly. Well, your daughter probably knows your reading taste better than I do, so if she says so…

  2. I enjoyed this one, too, but it took me a while to get into (I wasn’t hugely keen on the main character). From memory (it was a couple of years ago) I did feel a little underwhelmed by the ending, though, even though it was fairly inevitable.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Stephanie, I agree about the ending and about the main character. He wasn’t a nice person at the best of times. But the story was intriguing and I did enjoy it for the most part.

  3. Marg says:

    I read this book when it first came out and thought it was really good – very interesting story and concepts. I looked not all that long ago but there was no sign of another book from him just yet!

  4. I read this one when it was first released in the US and liked it –very different.

  5. This book is one of my favorites. Read it years ago and initially was struck by its unique storyline. Ended up really enjoying it. I don’t often come across other people who’ve read it. I appreciate how unique it was for its time, although it won’t seem that way now with the popular wave of interest in paranormal or time travel books available.
    Beth

    • Leeswammes says:

      Thanks for your comment, Beth. As you can see from the comments on this post, you and me are not the only ones who’ve read it.

      Good point! These days there are many more paranormal books. Before that, there was this book and Joanne Harris and Alice Hoffman that I can think of. I’m sure there were more, but not like now.

  6. Mel u says:

    i got a free copy of this not long ago, based on your post and the comments I will give it a try

  7. lindyloumacinitaly says:

    Like you I liked rather than loved this, even nearly three years on, I am still not sure! I have linked to my review in case you are interested. http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/7399734/

    • Leeswammes says:

      LindyLou, but it sounds the book is still a bit in your mind, that’s great after 3 years. I’ll have a look at your review, thanks for the link.

  8. Mmmmm… A mix of contemporary and historical finction… Sounds really interesting

  9. Summer Bouché says:

    I am reading this book now and its amazing, I was taken back at first that he was a porn star/cocain user but as I got into the story its become better, what I have been wondering is do they ever say the narrators name?

    • Leeswammes says:

      Summer Bouché, thanks for your comment. I was the same, I wasn’t sure whether I’d like a story about a porn star but that didn’t matter when we got further into the story. I don’t remember whether his name was ever mentioned. Probably not.

  10. Care says:

    I really enjoyed this book. I like your short completely accurate review.

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