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The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
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Aug 16, 2008

it was amazing
Recommended to Audrey by: I was lucky to win a copy.
Recommended for: Anyone
Read in August, 2008

‘Gargoyle’ by Andrew Davidson is like no other novel. It revolves around a beautiful but utterly corrupt, nameless, pornographer who is burnt beyond recognition. For him although he lives, he is already dead. Marianne Engel is the elusive, haunting and unstable sculptress of the stone Gargoyles; the title of the novel. Ultimately, she is his saviour in a way that he could never have understood previously. This novel reaches beyond the reader’s usual expectations. It is a story of great depth; an exploration of religion, our souls and the human capacity to love. The prose is both pragmatic and dreamlike; the nameless burn victim, when beautiful, is the gargoyle of the title. The story of marianne’s heart and his redemption is a reflection of us all and talks to our unexpressed need for unconditional love; it is a prayer to love and hope and it lingers long after its final page.

I was luck enough to win a copy of this book and I found a Novel so deep, I would love to know the author's influences and how he concieved a first novel so profound and fluent to read.

The structure, pace, and descriptive prose are both original and magic. There is nothing else I can say. I have read thousands of books in my lifetime and this is one of the few that will remain with me.

Congratulations Andrew.
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