Accidents ambush the unsuspecting, often violently, just like love. After a horrific car accident a man lies in hospital with severe burns to almost all of his body. He endures the pain, the hideous disfigurement and the excruciating treatments to remove the dead and rotting skin only in the hope of becoming well enough to end his life. Then Marianne Engel, sculptor of gargoyles, appears. She unravels a wild, impossible tale of a life they had together, a tale that begins with her nursing him when he was burned once before, seven hundred years ago in Germany. Weaving stories within her story-fables of love in Japan, Iceland, Italy and England-Marianne slowly brings beauty and love into his life. The Gargoyle is a brilliant love story, sweeping across centuries and continents. When it ends you’ll want to read it again.
by Michelle Calligaro, Readings Carlton
‘Accidents ambush the unsuspecting, often violently, just like love.’ So begins The Gargoyle, a grand, sweeping novel exploring the redemptive power of love. After a horrific car accident, a man awakens in hospital completely disfigured by burns to most of his body. Enter Marianne Engel, a beautiful young woman with angel wings tattooed on her back, who is convinced they have a past. Over several months, she describes to him a love story that begins in a monastery in fourteenth-century Germany. There, as a young novice she healed the severe burns of a mercenary who sought refuge from his own army. Despite her vows and his desperate situation as a deserter, they flee to a new life. As their love story unfolds, Marianne also spins romantic tales from across the centuries and around the world that defy pain and suffering and bring hope and succour to her deeply damaged friend. But as he starts to fight his demons and the morphine-addicted serpent embedded in his spine, Marianne’s reality begins to unravel.
Complete with a journey into the bowels of Dante’s Inferno and a life transformed by the cleansing power of fire, The Gargoyle is a romance of epic proportions.
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