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The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
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May 14, 13

bookshelves: 2011, historical-fiction
Read in January, 2011

The unnamed narrator of this story is a drug addicted drunk pornstar who drives off the side of a road when distracted by what he thinks is a barrage of arrows coming from the side of the road. He suffers horrendous burns and ends up being treated in a burns unit. He starts receiving visits from an apparently schizophrenic/manic depressive woman, who insists that they have met before - the first time 700 years previously. [return][return]Over the next year and more, she tells him stories of their previous lives. Meanwhile Marianne continues to make her Grotesques (or Gargoyles) in the basement of her castle-style house. When he leaves hospital he moves in with Marianne and the relationship begins to change - the selfish drunk begins to look after Marianne who becomes more manic in making her statues. Finally it comes to an end, and the narrator has to make a decision.[return][return]The book is very descriptive - the previous lives, the food that they eat (Marianne is very generous, and cooks banquets fo food from around the world), the description of the journey into Hell.[return][return]The book is certainly different - whose reality is correct after all? Does thinking and believing different make you insane? Can you really love someone who is not the norm?
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