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The Gargoyle

Andrew Davidson

An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time The narrator of The Gargoyle is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum that is modern life. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows. He crashes into a ravine and suffers horrible burns over much of his body. As he recovers in a burn ward, undergoing the tortures of the damned, he awaits the day when he can leave the hospital and commit carefully planned suicide-for he is now a monster in appearance as well as in soul. A beautiful and compelling, but clearly unhinged, sculptress of gargoyles by the name of Marianne Engel appears at the foot of his bed and insists that they were once lovers in medieval Germany. In her telling, he was a badly injured mercenary and she was a nun and scribe in the famed monastery of Engelthal who nursed him back to health. As she spins their tale in Scheherazade fashion and relates equally mesmerizing stories of deathless love in Japan, Iceland, Italy, and England, he finds himself drawn back to life-and, finally, in love. He is released into Marianne's care and takes up residence in her huge stone house. But all is not well. For one thing, the pull of his past sins becomes ever more powerful as the morphine he is prescribed becomes ever more addictive. For another, Marianne receives word from God that she has only twenty-seven sculptures left to complete-and her time on earth will be finished. Already an international literary sensation, the Gargoyle is an Inferno for our time. It will have you believing in the impossible.

An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time The narrator of The Gargoyle is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum that is modern life. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows. He crashes into a ravine and suffers horrible burns over much of his body. As he recovers in a burn ward, undergoing the tortures of the damned, he awaits the day when he can leave the hospital and commit carefully planned suicide-for he is now a monster in appearance as well as in soul. A beautiful and compelling, but clearly unhinged, sculptress of gargoyles by the name of Marianne Engel appears at the foot of his bed and insists that they were once lovers in medieval Germany. In her telling, he was a badly injured mercenary and she was a nun and scribe in the famed monastery of Engelthal who nursed him back to health. As she spins their tale in Scheherazade fashion and relates equally mesmerizing stories of deathless love in Japan, Iceland, Italy, and England, he finds himself drawn back to life-and, finally, in love. He is released into Marianne's care and takes up residence in her huge stone house. But all is not well. For one thing, the pull of his past sins becomes ever more powerful as the morphine he is prescribed becomes ever more addictive. For another, Marianne receives word from God that she has only twenty-seven sculptures left to complete-and her time on earth will be finished. Already an international literary sensation, the Gargoyle is an Inferno for our time. It will have you believing in the impossible.
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An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time The narrator of The Gargoyle is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum that is modern life. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows. He crashes into a ravine and suffers horrible burns over much of his body. As he recovers in a burn ward, undergoing the tortures of the damned, he awaits the day when he can leave the hospital and commit carefully planned suicide-for he is now a monster in appearance as well as in soul. A beautiful and compelling, but clearly unhinged, sculptress of gargoyles by the name of Marianne Engel appears at the foot of his bed and insists that they were once lovers in medieval Germany. In her telling, he was a badly injured mercenary and she was a nun and scribe in the famed monastery of Engelthal who nursed him back to health. As she spins their tale in Scheherazade fashion and relates equally mesmerizing stories of deathless love in Japan, Iceland, Italy, and England, he finds himself drawn back to life-and, finally, in love. He is released into Marianne's care and takes up residence in her huge stone house. But all is not well. For one thing, the pull of his past sins becomes ever more powerful as the morphine he is prescribed becomes ever more addictive. For another, Marianne receives word from God that she has only twenty-seven sculptures left to complete-and her time on earth will be finished. Already an international literary sensation, the Gargoyle is an Inferno for our time. It will have you believing in the impossible.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Lincoln Hoppe

Length:

19h 23m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:47


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:48


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:03


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:47


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:23


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:01


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:33


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:17


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:55


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:50


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:37


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:33


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:34


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:37


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:09


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:40


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:10


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:48


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:58


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:56


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:20


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:22


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:31


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:52


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:25


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:31


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:05


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:30


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:37


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:23


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:02


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:06


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:15


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:00


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:50


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:01


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:57


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:41


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:30


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:30


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:20


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:05


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:02


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:53


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:12


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:53


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:16


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:30


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:49


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:13


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:24


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:29


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:43


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:45


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:17


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:18


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:39


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:35


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:02


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:22


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:21


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

02:56


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:43


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:01


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

02:49


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:25


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:29


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

02:54


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:42


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:19


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:59


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:12


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:51


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:16


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:46


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:14


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:01


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:56


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:08


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:35


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:34


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:50


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:10


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:33


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:51


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:12


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:48


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:59


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:26


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:52


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:58


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:33


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:29


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:14


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:25


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:03


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:49


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:11


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:06


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:23


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

02:56


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:14


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:15


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:45


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:33


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:16


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:46


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:23


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:06


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:26


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:03


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:33


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:54


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:57


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:41


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:59


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:24


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:05


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:40


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:49


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

03:45


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:04


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:50


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:36


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:25


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:04


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:25


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:34


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:54


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:36


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:49


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:24


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

03:52


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:32


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:17


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:25


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:03


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:38


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:11


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:32


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:09


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

04:26


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:28


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

04:33


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:09


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

03:59


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:12


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

04:15


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

02:49


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

03:17


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

03:25


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

03:03


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

03:49


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

04:18


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

04:06


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

04:05


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

04:17


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

03:57


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

04:01


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

04:10


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

03:44


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

04:00


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

04:20


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

04:28


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

03:42


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

04:10


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

03:39


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

04:09


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

05:01


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

04:41


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

04:10


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

04:14


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

03:57


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

04:39


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

04:50


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

04:36


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

03:40


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

04:19


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

04:22


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

04:44


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

05:15


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

04:16


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

04:06


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

04:29


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

05:05


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

05:40


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

03:18


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

04:30


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

04:49


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

04:16


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

05:03


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

03:53


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

03:26


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

04:46


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

04:21


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

04:21


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

04:30


Chapter 199
Chapter 199

03:01

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