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The Gargoyle (Target Book Club Exclusive -- DO NOT ORDER)
     

The Gargoyle (Target Book Club Exclusive -- DO NOT ORDER)

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by Andrew Davidson
 

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ISBN-13:
9780307476234
Publisher:
Random House, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2000

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The Gargoyle 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 356 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A story that starts in the Fourteenth Century and ends in ours, a love story between the enigmatic sculptor Marienne Engles and the narrator of the book . After surviving a horrendous car accident in which leaves him badly burned and injured beyond belief our narrator meets our heroine Marrianne Engles a world renowned sculptor who begins telling him stories about her life and how they first met. She then beguiles him with other love stories over the centuries. As he recovers we meet other people who influence the characters and add to the story. This is a definite must read.
ti-amo More than 1 year ago
Such a unique and well written story! One I won't soon forget. I agree with other reviewers that it is hard to pick up another book right away after finishing the Gargoyle. It is a book in which the characters are so well developed you can't stop thinking about what they are doing now. That to me is great writing, to transform words on paper to feeling like you have a relationship with these people. Such a complex novel that was well thought out and thoroughly researched. When I purchased the book, I was a little worried that I wouldn't be able to remain interested in it, being that it does switch back and forth between present and past. But that was not an issue AT ALL, it flowed perfectly. I enjoyed it so much that I wish it was a series. So great job Mr. Davidson, I anxiously await your next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I had only one word to describe this book it would have to be intriguing. If I had only one category it would have to be a love story; however, it is so so much more than just any love story. It transcends centuries, cultures, and lifestyles. It made me believe in the everlastingness of the soul, and the love you have is taken with you throughout eternity. The story is quirky, at times smutty, a little bit sci-fi, containing some aspects of action-adventure, yet achingly human. A vain porn star is burnt in a fire caused by his own actions. Looks and daily functions gone, pain his company and addiction to pain-killers present, he is nursed back to health by a woman of questionable sanity. As she nurses him to health, he learns of her past encounters with life which span centuries. She convinces him that their love has been since before his present life, and as he increases she decreases. I can't recommend this book to children or teenagers due to language and content; however, those aspects should not influence an open minded person from enjoying one of the better books written in the last 20 years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story transcends generations and time. I listened to it on tape and then read it. Wasted lots of gas driving around to hear the end of the story. The descriptions of the accident at the beginning make you feel as though you have gone through it with the main character. It begs to be read again. The history is accurate, the language is beautiful and the writing is elegant. a must read.
JUles60 More than 1 year ago
A beautiful and sensual story. A must read, so I will not give away any of the story (read the editor notes for a synopsis). I recommend this to anyone; you will not be able to put it down. Usually after finishing a book I can move on the next one within a couple of days, but this one moved me so much and stuck with me, I couldn't pick up another book for a couple of weeks! My mind still wanders to the story and the characters on occasion. Simply amazing.
Emily-S More than 1 year ago
Really you gotta get through the first few chapters then you are really in for a beautiful sensual story of love and redemption. The first few chapters really paint how utterly abhorrant the main character is, which delves and explains his own self hatred. Allusions to Dante's Inferno where the hell is within the madness of our own minds and self destruction. Supernatural elements has you wondering what is reality or a twisting of the mind. Very lovely story with grief, excruciating pain, and exquisite blissful love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book, it is one of the very best book i have every read. Thank you Andrew Davidson!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a lover of fiction/romance/history and this satisfied all my appetites! The characters were unforgetable and mesmerizing, and the ending will stay with you for a long time. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
when i first picked up this book i was iffy. i started reading the beginning and i still hadn't decided whether i liked it or not. Once you get about 50 pages in it hooks you. Even when you read it a second time you pick up on so many things that you didn't catch the first time. i was so enthralled by this book that i failed to notice until the very end that the author never gives the main character a name. VERY well written and it is a must read!
MissBethie313 More than 1 year ago
I just bought this book because it was on sale at Barnes & Noble, the buy 2 paperbacks and get one free deal and it looked interesting. Little did I know the story that I picked up would be so riveting or so powerful and moving. An amazing story with a bittersweet ending that you wish didn't end and then it did. A definite keeper among my hundreds of favorites among my library of favorites!
StoryloverUSA More than 1 year ago
The Gargoyle is the thought provoking story of a man on so many journeys. The book is so well-written and so deftly woven together. It isn't a story I will ever forget. Only a few times in my life have I read something so powerful. It's a must read and then a re-read. Fantastic author on the rise!
loves_to_readEV More than 1 year ago
I rarely rate books, however this one was pretty incredible. This book is so incredible that it will keep you up at night just thinking about it.
DOMENICA81 More than 1 year ago
I got this book without giving it much thought, I just wanted something for the road and I was pleasantly surprised. If you like dark stories and graphic descriptions that will make you feel the character's suffering, this is your book. It was different, refreshing and well written. Great read.
Yanagi More than 1 year ago
I bought it based on the cover, summary, and reviews and it did not disappoint! As a lover of thick books, I must say this is the best I've read in a very long time. This is the kind of book that can only come as a labor of intense research and academia, it will have you reaching for a dictionary every few pages. The wordplay and sentence structures themselves are reason enough to buy it! It's a triumph of the English language. As far as the plot, it's quite intricate and undoubtedly beautiful as you witness the nameless main character develop and transform before your very eyes. No praise is high enough! Many books pale in comparison.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are interesting and believable. The author skillfully wove the story through time. The eras and settings of the story varied clearly and cleverly. I could not put this book down.
saskesa More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because it sounded interesting. It was fabulous! I was sucked in from page one. It is a book that not only has romance and humor, but it gives an insight into life and love. I have quotes from this book underlined and all of my friends have loved it too. If your looking for a cute romantic novel that has meaning-buy this book.
katieKray More than 1 year ago
This brilliant love story unfolds through the telling of a series of timeless love stories. As someone who really only dabbles in the fantastic, I loved the framework Davidson created -- it made me willing to suspend my disbelief so I could savor each tale at it urged the main romance forward. Furthermore, the allusions to Dante truly make this highly enjoyable read and intelligent piece of fiction.
kg713 More than 1 year ago
A dark yet thoughtful look at ever enduring love. This book took hold of my imagination and took me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. From loathing to sympathy to admiration. A pure escape I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a not so normal romance..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've never read anything quite like this. If you can make it through the first fifty pages or so of addiction and depression, you will not want to put it down and will want more when it's finished... Write on!
asian_brave More than 1 year ago
This book left me absolutely speechless. I'm the type of girl who picks up a new vampire romance and squeals with glee, so this book was a little out of my genre. But I'm so glad I read it! This story is about a man with 3rd degree burns who meets a woman who claims to be hundreds of years old and a lover in his past lifetime. This story is beautifully written with fantastic stories within the novel that lead you into a world where the impossible is possible. This novel leaves you believing that absolutely anything can happen. This is one of my favorite novels and i recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good book. =]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is my favorite of all time. It is a timeless story you can talk about with your friends and family. It's touching, romantic, funny, but most of all it defines the true definition of LOVE.
foodtraveler More than 1 year ago
I loved the combination of current time vs historic time, and the variety of concepts involved. Fascinating story, that is never dull and so unusual that I have bought it for my sister to read, and everyone in my book discussion group is passing it around to read. Refreshing to see someone with new ideas and stories to tell.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was recommended this book by a friend. She knows that i don't like fantasy books and still said i should read it. At first i was a little worried, but soon realized i had nothing to worry about. Maybe it was the romantic in me that took over, but i absolutely loved the book. The modern characters are able to live previous lives that even the most unimaginative of us wish they could have lived. This is a book i would say anybody would enjoy reading, from those who like Lord of the Rings, to those who stick with classic literature (myself), or even those who only read books from John Grisham (previously myself).
Jenniffer More than 1 year ago
Though it took a while to read, Gargoyle is by far my favorite novel. Andrew Davidson's writing style is the greatest of any modern author, by far before the J.K Rowling. Marianne Engel is my favorite character and I can relate to both her and the main character.
chibijelly More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down. I can't really pinpoint what it is, but there's something about this book that just draws you in. It might be the characters, the stories, the overall atmosphere... I don't know. Not yet. After another read-through, I might be able to tell.

If you love fiction that goes against the grain, a good romance, plenty of the supernatural... pick this up. And even if you don't? Pick it up anyway. It will change your mind indefinitely.