On a dark road in the middle of the night, a car plunges into a ravine. The driver survives the crash, but his injuries confine him to a hospital burn unit. There the mysterious Marianne Engel, a sculptress of grotesques, enters his life. She insists they were lovers in medieval Germany, when he was a mercenary and she was a scribe in the monastery of Engelthal. As she spins the story of their past lives together, the man’s disbelief falters; soon, even the impossible can no longer be dismissed.
4/5 stars (really liked it)
The beginning of this book is not for the weak of stomach. It starts out right away with the narrator having a horrible car accident that burns him severely. Then goes on to the hospital and his recovery, which involves so many things on his skin that are described in detail. He doesn’t meet Marianne for a while into the book and when she is introduced her characters fascinated me. She told many stories about how they met in Medieval Germany and even has stories of people she knew a long time ago. All of the stories that are very interesting. You see the narrator turn into a whole new person, not just physically but mentally. He was such a selfish, cocky person before his accident. I even loved the dog in this story, Bougatsa and the role he plays in all of this. I think the most interesting thing of all is that I got done reading this book and then realized that we never found out the narrators name.