Tuesday, September 2, 2008
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson (a review)
3.5 out of 5: The Gargoyle is a rich blend of contemporary and medieval storytelling. Davidson masterfully interweaves a burn patient’s story of healing and personal transformation with several love stories from medieval times. Davidson’s modern and clever prose is a nice counterpoint to the plot, which contains many gothic and romantic elements. Davidson keeps the story moving, and The Gargoyle is a quick read despite its 450+ pages. At rare times, the fantastical elements, which make this book so unique and engaging, can become tiresome, particularly in the long chapter near the end about the protagonist’s dream. Also, certain significant plot lines are left incomplete, which is a bit unsatisfying. Despite these minor flaws, however, The Gargoyle is an enjoyable read.