Monday, July 13, 2009
A good read
The Gargoyle, Canadian Andrew Davidson's debut novel, is a story of many stories. It intertwines cultures, history, medicine, mental illness, religion, love and life's struggles in a tremendously engaging way. It is difficult to put it down and, while occupied in other activities, I've found my attention often wandering back to this complex tale.
Davidson captures your attention immediately with overwhelming descriptions, that leave little to the imagination, of the horrendous car accident that leaves the main character barely alive and virtually burnt to a crisp.
He also uses a technique that I usually find quite irritating; injecting himself into the text. It's not overdone and, in this case, creates a feeling of collusion.
Burned by Love web page features an audio excerpt of Chapter 1.
Amazon features a 4-1/2 minute video of Andrew Davidson sharing one of his favourite love stories from his novel.
You can visit Andrew Davidson's personal blog at goodreads®.