Heart's Invisible Furies

Heart's Invisible Furies

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FP 5,000(CDN) A sweeping, heartfelt saga about the course of one man's life, beginning and ending in post-war Ireland. Cyril Avery is not a real Avery - or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community, and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamorous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.
Publisher: Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2017
ISBN: 9780385690607
Branch Call Number: BOY
Characteristics: 580 pages ; 25 cm


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Jan 12, 2020

Author of A Ladder To The Sky (the guy who stole stories). Nearly 600 pages but glowing reviews.

Jan 03, 2020

This is the first book that has ever made me cry, and was easily my favourite read of 2019. I was recommended The Heart’s Invisible Furies by a trusted friend and was utterly destroyed and delighted by it.

Cyril Avery’s life is set against the backdrop of Ireland’s history from the postwar period to the present day, and focuses on the struggle of growing up LGBT in the slowly-evolving social climate. Boyne tells the story by one man, but by extension explores the painful fight for equality that he lives through.

The characters absolutely shine in this book, each of them so well-drawn with quirks, flaws, loves and sorrows. Dry, silly humour perfectly offsets the sorrows and horrors faced by Cyril through the unfolding of this saga and makes the ride that much more worthwhile.

I can’t recommend this one enough. Moving and unputdownable, The Heart’s Invisible Furies will stay with me for a long time to come.

Dec 29, 2019

good, well written story about a young boy who is gay, interwoven with the story of a young mother who leaves home and goes to dublin because she is unmarried and pregnant. The stories interweave.

JCLEricaV Dec 05, 2019

Wow! This is the kind of book that is exactly why I love realistic fiction, especially coming of age stories. It follows Cyril from age seven to his 70s. I want to tell everyone about this book. I laughed, I cried, and I felt angry for Cyril. This is an unforgettable book with an unfortunately bland cover.

Sep 28, 2019

Another great read from John Boyne. Cyril Avery was a complicated character but so interesting. You really want him to find happiness. Definitely worth reading.

Jul 30, 2019

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Jul 01, 2019

Just. Read. This. Book.!! I didn’t want this book to end. It grabbed me from the first page to the last. Sad at times and laugh out loud at others, the characters in this book will have you on a roller coaster of emotions. Such a great read!

Apr 29, 2019

This book is a combination of Brideshead Revisited and True Companion. I was captivated immediately in the first paragraphs and read it so easily. )I think Evelyn Waugh and Auden were friends. Auden is mentioned in relation to the quote of the title. ) I cried, I laughed and was enchanted. We read it for our book club and all who did read it want more. We thought it much better than The Boy In The Striped Pajamas. In retrospect of the two, Boyne is writing about secrets and how they change lives.

Feb 20, 2019

This, my first venture into the world of John Boyne, became a quest to discover all he has done, including the moving film, “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” based on his Young Adult title. It was difficult to put down this book, in all manner of put down: to stop reading or to criticize. Not a title to make the Irish proud of their social history in the last century, the tale of a banished young woman and the “gay homosexual” child she surrenders, weaves through their lives from 1945 to 2016.

Jan 28, 2019

On the second reading of this book, I found it much more amusing than the first. I put it down the first time because of all the sadness. However it is fiction after all and in parts, of the laugh out loud sort. I suppose it appeals to my Irish Catholic ancestry. I am most certainly not reading it for a history lesson.

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