The Heart's Invisible Furies

The Heart's Invisible Furies

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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 glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from - and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Bond Street Books,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9780385690607
0385690606
Characteristics: 580 pages

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DonnaEllenSchmidt
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.

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bonster1026
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.

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will_fred
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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doeringjo128
Jan 23, 2019

This was a good read and really had me captivated from the beginning. All of us can relate the main character in one way or another.

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fantasyqueen
Nov 12, 2018

Excellent story, very well written, captivating characters. I loved every minute of every page

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becker
Oct 09, 2018

A great sweeping story that is a wee bit over the top at times, but for me it just added to the whole allure of disappearing into the book. Very good writer.

martins_mom Jul 25, 2018

John Boyne never fails to surprise. This book about the culture and sexual mores of Ireland from 1945 to the present is often sad, sometimes ridiculous (“I don’t drink coffee”, she said, taking a sip from her tea. “Coffee is for Americans and Protestants. Irish people should drink tea. That’s how we were brought up after all.”). But the narrator is honest and observant. A long way from”The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas”.

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writermala
Jul 21, 2018

The description of this book did not grab me but I started reading it because the author's book "The Boy in The Striped Pajama" tore at my heartstrings. Well, this book did not disappoint either. Its narrator Cyril Avery, is the illegitimate son of Catherine Goggin, who is adopted at birth by an eccentric couple. It tells the tale from Cyril's perspective, between 1945 and 2015. It's somewhat of a coming of age novel and a good one at that. To be Irish, Catholic, and homosexual is not a pretty combination and it is amazing that Cyril is able to maintain his sense of humor, which he does. Some of the situations seem contrived but they make for interesting reading and one gets a good view of the politics in Ireland as also the hold that the Catholic Church had on the country. All in all a gripping novel.

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lisaread87
Jun 20, 2018

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lindsay_r Jun 06, 2018

This saga, which follows the life of a gay man growing up in Catholic Ireland, effortlessly moves between heart-wrenching tragedy and laugh-out-loud wit. There is an anger simmering throughout the novel, but it is intertwined with love and tenderness, making it a very moving read.

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