The Gargoyle

The Gargoyle

Audiobook CD - 2008
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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, c2008
ISBN: 9780739328958
Branch Call Number: CDA FIC DAV
Characteristics: 16 sound discs (19.5 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Hoppe, Lincoln 1971-

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bbonier Jan 19, 2013

Narrated in the first person by a man who is badly burned in an auto accident. We never do learn his name. While recovering in the hospital, a beautiful and compelling woman appears at the foot of his bed and insists that they were once lovers in 14th century Germany. Marianne Engel is a sculptor of gargoyles and grotesques who may also be mentally ill. Their relationship evolves along with her storytelling of their past lives. Is she actually gettting messages from God or is she merely insane? Interesting subject matter, artfully expressed. Reader Lincoln Hoppe is excellent, but he didn't really have a female voice.

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bxrlover
Jun 27, 2012

Awesome! One of the best books I have ever read. Ever. Never before have I read a book that so thoroughly encompasses my favourite topics; culture, history, religion, psychiatry, medicine AND food (the food porn in this book truly warrants an "X" rating on its cover).

The narration of the audiobook was top notch to boot. Lincoln Hoppes was the perfect choice.

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g3mini
Aug 10, 2011

A really great read. Loved this book!

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