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The Gargoyle-Andrew Davidson

In fiction on November 15, 2010 at 12:10 am

A Haunting Story

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson is a touching love story of a man horribly burned in a car accident and a woman who comes to him in the hospital claiming they were lovers in medieval Germany when she nursed him back to health the first time he was burned.  Full of flashbacks and painful descriptions of a life considered lost but then found anew, Davidson’s story is one that stays with you long after you finish it. 

The narrator, a nameless man who is the center of the story, is a lost soul before the accident.  Born to a mother who died in childbirth and an absentee father, he bounces from relative to relative, through meth users and extended family members who don’t want him around.  By the time he enters adulthood, he’s good at two things:  sex and doing drugs.  He has to choose one to make a living at, so he becomes a porn star.  By the time of the accident, the narrator is in his early thirties and a coked up mess.

The accident changes his life, and for many months after he comes out of the coma from his massive third-degree burns, he thinks of little else but ending it all.  The life he’d been forced to leave behind, one of health and excess, is gone to him forever.  He has nothing to live for.  But a woman named Marianne Engel visits him one day and begins to tell him the stories that will make him fall in love with her.  A sculptor, Marianne tells him that she has lived since the middle ages and knew him then, the first time she nursed him back to health from burns.  Marianne’s constant caring of him continues when he is released from the hospital and into her care.  It’s then that he realizes that she is mentally unstable, but he doesn’t care.  Her stories of their love in ages past give him what he’s never had before:  a real relationship and the only real love he’s ever experienced in his life.

The Gargoyle is at times a painful story to read.  The descriptions of the care that burn victims must endure are difficult to get through, and they are plentiful in this story.  The details of what his body experienced in the crash and afterward during his recovery are at times simply too much.  But the reader is rewarded with a love story that is tender and memorable, and even heartbreaking at times.

This story may not be for everybody, but I can promise you that if you read The Gargoyle, it will touch you and stay with you.