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Friday, May 28, 2010

"Love is an action you must repeat ceaselessly."

The Gargoyle The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If I haven't mentioned it already, I love my book club.  Three cheers to Naaz for this month's book club pick!  And another cheer for picking the perfect setting for our meeting:
No we didn't gather around this lamp post.  
We had a great dinner at The Butler's Pantry across the street.  

Hands down, this is my favorite book of 2010.  I am comfortable saying that even though we aren't even halfway to 2011.

When we first meet the narrator of The Gargoyle, he's a self obsessed abuser of many substances who survives a horrific car crash.  He is never given a name throughout the story which lends itself to the themes of self-discovery and self awareness that are prevalent throughout.  We continue on a journey with him while he gets used to life in his new body.  He goes from being a pornography star whose body was admired by many, to being someone living inside a shell of a body so horribly disfigured from the burns suffered in his car accident.  The burns should have killed him but he has survived. The narrator is socially and emotionally intelligent even though his self-awareness far outweighs his self-love most of the time.  Our narrator meets a woman who claims theirs is a romance that has spanned centuries.  She weaves into and out of his life telling him stories of their great romance and eventually influencing his entire outlook on life and love.

The Gargoyle is a story of discovering self-love, examining self-hatred, mental health and illness, letting go of vanity, believing in an unbelievable romance and trusting in the good of humanity. 

High five to the author, a fellow Canadian, Andrew Davidson.

Here are some passages from the book that spoke to me,

"Everyone's past, I try to rationalize, is nothing more than the collection of memories they choose to remember.  But in my heart, I know this is just a defense mechanism that I manufacture simply so I can go on living with myself."

"...because that is what God is - a circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere."

"It's only after you get out of here that you'll finally realize that  a burn lasts forever.  It's a continual event, one that constantly reinvents itself.  You'll swoop from incredible highs when you're just glad to be alive, to those lows when you wish you were dead.  And just when you start thinking that you've accepted who you are, that changes, too.  Because who you are is not permanent."

"Love is an action you must repeat ceaselessly."

I love a book that can speak to my heart.  Thanks Marta, Naaz and Sheba for a great evening!
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The night didn't end there.  I bid adieu to the girls, and since the air had cooled down and people were still about, I decided on a 60 minute walk home accompanied by the moonlight.

I made it four blocks only to be distracted by my favorite bookstore, BMV.

Outside the store are huge bins filled with used books.  A couple by the bins was playing a game where they would ask a question to the books, close their eyes and touch a book at random.  The title of the book you touched was supposed to be your answer.  I of course eavesdropped.

The first question the woman asked was, "Books, what can you tell me about my life?"  She closed her eyes, ran her fingers across the books and picked, "How to Survive Breast Cancer."  Ouch.

I might have stopped right there but she wasn't gun shy.  Next she asked the books, "Tell me about my family."  Again, she closed her eyes and this time she selected, "The Killing Game."  She decided to stop playing the game.

I was curious so I went into the store and asked, "Books, what do you say about bookclub?"  I kid you not friends, this is the book I selected at random with my eyes closed:

I was kinda giddy after that response and the lovely vision that is Tom Selleck circa Magnum PI.  I thought long and hard about what my next question would be.  Aneez and Vanessa are expecting my next niece or nephew later this summer.  They don't know which it will be so I of course turned to the books, "Will I have a new niece or a new nephew this summer?"  I closed my eyes, touched way too many books and this is what I picked: 

I have no idea what that means other than whether I have a niece or nephew, perhaps s/he will be quite gassy?  My friend Rishma called me at that exact moment so I stopped playing the game...

I love a night like that!


Claire Kiefer said...

Delightful post! I've heard people say good things about The Gargoyle, and I'm so excited to put it on my summer reading list. Your review is lovely: you're such a great writer, pretty lady!

tez said...

You know... I've always wondered how to light a fart.

Seriously though - fantastic, as always. x

Felicity said...

That sounds like a fun game!!

Faiza said...

@claire kiefer - thanks friend! can't wait to hear what you think of the gargoyle. happy friday!

@tez - i didn't fall asleep until 4am! was so lovely to talk to you.

@Felicity - i hope to play the game again soon!

Joana G. said...

Hello Faiza,

I am not sure if you are very into tags, I am not, but I was tagged by Gracienne (Gracie Bella Butterfly) to some nice tag, so I tagged you, you have to asnwer my 8 questions and then tag people making your own 8 questions. I really like it because it let us know more about someone and you can make very curious and interesting questions. I hope you like.

Much love and have a great weekend,

Faiza said...

@Joana G. - Thanks for the tag. I will take a look at it this weekend and tag some of my friends. Happy day to you!

Meghan said...

I absolutely LOVE that quote. It speaks volumes:) I hope you have a marvelous weekend, my dear! Thank you for the birthday wishes!!!

christy b., that's me! said...

@Faiza...Magnum is right up there with Victor for me. Older, but still with the "ladies love me" attitude.


Tima said...

Thanks for the book recommendation. Scott will not be amused with a new Amazon order, but oh well!
Going to have to try the game too

Faiza said...

@Meghan - Hope you had a most terrific! I love that quote too. It applies to every single kind of love...

@christyb - It's as though his moustache is an aphrodisiac!

@Tima - Can't wait to hear what you think about the book!

Lisa said...

I am going to try the book game, next time I have the chance! I need to think of my Magic 8 Ball questions now, to have at the ready ;) Thanks for sharing your thoughts and fun, as always! Lisa

Faiza said...

@Lisa - I was thinking about Magic 8 Ball questions too!

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