The Gargoyle

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The Gargoyle

He is a porn star and now director as well. He has a high opinion of his body and works out to stay in shape. He does drugs as well which makes him hallucinate which inevitably causes him to crash his car and it catches fire and he is in hell on earth. He has so severe of burns all over his body that his career, and possibly his life are over. Then while recovering in the burn unit he meets a woman from the Psych ward who he can't figure out if is crazy or really does believe that he and her lived another life together and another lifetime. She tells him stories of their past lives, which could just be stories in her mind or real. He is unsure as she knows things that she shouldn't know.

Will she save him? Or will he end up ending it all with his detailed plan for suicide?

The Gargoyle is an intense and descriptive novel. If your into highly descriptive stories this is something you should check out, but I would definitely not recommend this book for the squeamish, or faint of heart, or perhaps anyone with a major illness as it is way too descriptive and will probably depress a lot of people if not make them feel worse about their own illnesses.

Book Blurb for The Gargoyle

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.

From the Hardcover edition.

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2009 2.75