This was one of the items on my list of things I wanted to do while I was on my break and I finished it within just a couple of days! The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson is May’s bookclub book. Of course I will not be at book club this month because I will be off celebrating our 3 year anniversary! But I wanted to read the book anyway (and yes, I’m still reading April’s book, In Defense of Food).
This book looks thick, but it really was a very easy read. I was most impressed by the amount of research that Davidson obviously put into this book (7 years from what it says on the back of the cover). This book was very well written and the stories weave in and out of the main story so well. I wouldn’t recommend this book to just anyone, it is certainly for mature audiences. There is a lot of religious imagery, use of languages and history. I really enjoyed the book as a whole, although there were times when I wondered if I should really be enjoying a book that seems to have such a dark premise, but I did nonetheless (I even ordered Dante’s Inferno from papwerbackswap.com since it was a reoccurring theme throughout the book). I’ve heard a couple people say that they were disappointed by the anticlimactic ending, I must say I felt the opposite. I really liked the almost calm way that the book slowly tied loose ends together and it felt very accepting to me. Once again, very well written and researched, interesting, but definitely for mature audiences. I so wish I could be at bookclub to hear the discussion!