Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Lorena's Review of The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
Countless words can't describe what it is to experience The Gargoyle. Traumatizing, disgusting, sickening…and yet, alluring, insightful, and even beautiful. Andrew Davidson’s debut novel weaves a story of love that survives the fires of hell, and transcends the boundaries of time. Narrated through an unnamed cynical man, the story opens as his car crashes into a ravine, leaving him stranded in a hospital with disfiguring burns over most of his body. His life from there becomes a blur of skin grafts, skeleton beds, surgeries, morphine addiction, and suicidal thoughts, until a woman walks into his life. She claims them to have been lovers in medieval Germany, when he showed up at her monastery, coincidentally, for burn treatment as well. I’ll admit, it was a difficult novel to read; his pain will become yours, the harsh truth of his narration will make you sick. And you wont be able to stop. While I’d like to say, “I recommend it to everyone”, (Don’t get me wrong, I do), it isn’t a novel for the faint-of-heart. But if you have the strength to withstand the fire, I promise, your suffering will be rewarded.