“Accidents ambush the unsuspecting, often violently, just like love.”
- Andrew Davidson, The Gargoyle
The Gargoyle was such a delicious read.
The first novel of Canadian writer Andrew Davidson was first published in 2008 and takes place in two time frames, “present day” and medieval Germany (a period that fascinates me like no other).
The story weaves the past and present together through myths of lost loves told by a schizophrenic sculptress named Marianne Engel who believes she has known our protagonist (a recent burn victim) for seven hundred years.
The Gargoyle, for me, was one of those books you like to savor. The story had just enough ambiguity to allow the characters to haunt me without leaving me hanging. And I’m intrigued by the mythical fairy tales told as well, especially the Japanese glassblower Sei, which seems to be taken from cultural folklore – I’ll need to do a little more research on that.
I whole heartily recommend this novel, and if you’ve read it I’d love to know what you thought.