The Gargoyle

Thoughts tgbyad The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson, doubleday 2008, 468 pages, Hardback

Loaned to me from a friend – took me 6 months to get to it.

FIRST SENTENCE: “Accidents ambush the unsuspecting, often violently, just like love.” 

WHAT’s it ABOUT: As an unnamed narrator endures the long process of healing from a fiery car crash, he meets a fascinating woman who tells him they were married in the 14th century. He is at first amused and skeptical but thoroughly succumbs to her charms.

WHAT’s GOOD: I was hooked from the start and it never let up. I loved the many stories within the story and enjoyed the piecing together of the plot. The characters were fascinating if a touch unbelievable but I never took the time to question if they were likable or not. And if you like descriptions of food, this book might have you craving exotic picnics.

WHAT’s NOT so good: What some cite as atrocious, I found comedic. Certainly some sentences’ alliteration and simile defy typical ‘good writing’ but in context with the character and the storyline, they made me laugh. It worked.

“When I finally was able to let go of the cliff’s wall, my fingers remained curled like the pincers of a frightened lobster.” -p.391


Going in, I thought this book would be scary and dark. Not so. I was pleasantly surprised at the theme of the power of love. Interesting religious elements are dropped in as it references Dante’s Inferno; I have not read that but know enough of it to ‘get’ the references. I really enjoyed the stories inside the story and the many settings. Despite feeling like I *should* question and doubt the premise, I didn’t, I don’t now and must admit, I really really liked it. I don’t know why I am apologizing for it. I couldn’t find any of my blogger friends who DIDN’T like it.

FINAL THOUGHTS: I can see how this book might be one of those LOVE-IT-or-HATE-IT kind but I thought it fascinating, unique and very entertaining. A satisfying read.

RATING:  Four slices of pie. fourpie

REVIEWS:  The first review I read when I started to see what to post for “Other Reviews” and BY FAR the most entertaining! (even the author contributed) –> Literate Housewife’s reaction to EW (2008),

Leeswammes says “an interesting story, with a good mix of contemporary fiction and historical fiction.”,

Erika (aka “She”) at A Book Blog. Period. says it is engrossing and compelling. I agreed with every sentence of her post.

I liked Fyrefly’s haiku for this novel! She has insightful comments to add about religion. and finally,

Fyrefly’s Google Search Results for this title/author.





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33 Responses to “The Gargoyle”

  1. 1 Literate Housewife January 6, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Thanks for that walk down memory lane. That was a fun time. I enjoyed that book and don’t you know that his mother sent me a warm email and a Facebook friend request afterward. LOL!

  2. 3 bermudaonion(Kathy) January 6, 2013 at 9:59 am

    I read this when I first started my blog and really enjoyed it.

  3. 5 Lisa January 6, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I really liked the stories within the story but damn I got so tired of references to the fact that the narrator had that missing body part. All right, I get it – I got it the first time.

  4. 7 Rory O'Connor January 6, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I have to read this book now. I love controversial books, though sometimes it back fires on me (50 Shades for example). Though this one sounds more promising!

  5. 11 Ti January 6, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Long ago this was on my list of to reads, but then fell off after some mixed reviews. That one quote you included IS comical.

  6. 13 Kailana January 6, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I read this book back when it first came out and really liked it! I am glad you did, too, and got a chance to read it!

  7. 15 Laurie C January 6, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I’m with Ti. I had originally planned to read The Gargoyle and then heard it was bad. Will put it back on the TBR list!

    • 16 Care January 7, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      I have a few books that I go back and forth on. I remember wanting to read this and it was on my tbr but with so many books – we just can’t get to them all!

  8. 17 Jenners January 6, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I thought it was going to be scary too (I read it for the RIP Challenge) and it really wasn’t. It was a different book but I wasn’t a huge fan.

  9. 19 Sheila (Book Journey) January 6, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I love it when a book grabs you right away and hangs on. I need one of those ;)

  10. 21 Ruthiella January 7, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks for the link, that was fun to read. I like discussions like that.

  11. 23 jennygirl January 8, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I read this quite some time ago and enjoyed it as well. I just take books for what they are most of the time anyway, so I didn’t read as much into it as others. I do remember feeling sorry for the characters.
    I just liked everything about it!

  12. 25 softdrink January 8, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    I’m brain dead…let’s bring back tiddlypom!

  13. 29 triciaw9 January 9, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Glad you liked this book – I read it awhile ago and enjoyed it as well! Also read your review post of your reading over 2012 – impressive (and detailed)!

  14. 30 Ali (Worducopia) January 14, 2013 at 11:53 am

    This is one of those books that I remember *everyone* reading, back in the day–in fact, I couldn’t even remember if I’d actually read it, or just read so much about it that it felt like I had. Thank heavens for book blogging–I searched my blog and found out that indeed I did read it, and mostly liked it. I don’t remember much about it, though, even after reading my mini-review.

    • 31 Care January 14, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      Aint that just another case of ‘there you have it’? Thank goodness for blogging, huh? I love keeping track of what I’ve read. In case i don’t remember!

  15. 32 stacybuckeye January 21, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I really liked the unique aspect of this one.

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