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The Gargoyle

by Andrew Davidson

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
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  • First Published:
    Aug 2008, 480 pages
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    Aug 2009, 480 pages

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Stacey Brownlie

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The Gargoyle is an Inferno for our time. It will have you believing in the impossible

The Gargoyle is one of those books that will thoroughly annoy some readers, while leading others practically panting to convince their friends to read it. It has received an unusual amount of pre-publication press, particularly for a first-time novelist, and it is ambitious in its content, spanning centuries and locales. Then there is the range of subject matter: correlations to Dante's Inferno, combined with tales of a medieval scriptorium, mixed into the daily life of a modern day burn victim who was a former porn king. Is it any surprise then, that this book already has plenty of detractors as well as ardent fans?

The novel opens with a strong hook. The first person narrator, who is also the story's protagonist, describes his horrendous (and utterly stupid) car accident – a crash caused by drugs and alcohol and a vision of burning arrows. After a brief ...

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