(67) Love Through Time

Title: Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
Publisher: Doubleday
360 Pages
Genre: Fiction

Synopsis: An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time.

On a burn ward, a man lies between living and dying, so disfigured that no one from his past life would even recognize him. His only comfort comes from imagining various inventive ways to end his misery. Then a woman named Marianne Engel walks into his hospital room, a wild-haired, schizophrenic sculptress on the lam from the psych ward upstairs, who insists that she knows him – that she has known him, in fact, for seven hundred years. She remembers vividly when they met, in another hospital ward at a convent in medieval Germany, when she was a nun and he was a wounded mercenary left to die. If he has forgotten this, he is not to worry: she will prove it to him.

And so Marianne Engel begins to tell him their story, carving away his disbelief and slowly drawing him into the orbit and power of a word he'd never uttered: love.

Review: I wasn't sure about this book when I first picked it up but it sucked me in quickly.  I had no idea where it was going because the book I bought had no synopsis on the back or inside.  I had seen it many times though and something about it just intrigued me.

When the narrator an ex porn star gets burned in a horrible car accident in fairly graphic detail I wasnt sure how long I was going to stick it out but I'm glad I did.  This book takes you on adventures to Italy, Germany and beyond, it is about love transcending time and finding that beauty doesn't always bring you happiness. It is really about life and how we choose to view it and how we choose to live it.  A fabulous book from a new author.


  1. A friend of mine absolutely raved about this and harassed me until I bought it and read it. I will say that it is a testament to the power of this author's writing that I simply could not read it, it was MUCH too graphic with the descriptions of the accident and recovery. I'm much too squeamish for this type of book. Great review, this will definitely appeal to a lot of other people.

    Donna @ The Happy Booker
    ahappybooker at gmail dot com


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