The Gargoyle Hunters

“People respond in unexpected ways when things they love get damaged.”

I’ve been thinking this over. So true in so many ways, isn’t it? You really can’t tell how people–even yourself–will respond to threats, and because I know I’ve lashed out in strange ways before, I think it’s a good reminder to heap grace whenever possible.

In the past several years that has been a common refrain for me–in almost any situation, my default should be to assume the best and give grace. I am by no means perfect at this, but I hope I’m improving. Most likely, grace is an unintended takeaway for the book from whence it came, but there you have the riches of reading.

I really enjoy books written with obvious love for the subject matter. The Gargoyle Hunters is a coming of age story about an eighth-grader from a broken home in the 1970s, but it’s also a paean to New York City’s architecture. It’s an odd and interesting book, touching on a wide variety of issues from history and sociology, and would make a solid summer read. [As an aside, in spite of the narrator’s age, this isn’t a kids book. That’s too bad since my son is really into architecture and this book is full of fascinating facts. Maybe in a few years!] If you’re looking for an engaging story with an unusual topical scaffolding (see what I did there?),The Gargoyle Hunters belongs in your bag. Let me know what you think if you read it!

 

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  1. I’ll have to look that up. I really enjoyed the references to St. John’s in M. L’Engle’s “A Severed Wasp.”

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