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.
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.
In this, Boyne's most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man.The Heart's Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.
This book sits in my top 5 books of all time. It will make you laugh and cry and you get completely enraptured with the entire story.
Being Irish, this opened my eyes to an Ireland I never knew and whether or not you also hail from the Emerald Isle, this is a book for everyone. It is a story of love, finding your place in the world and fighting against the constant tides of prejudice in society.
I love how this story brings us on a journey through time and we grow and learn along with the main character. From accepting who we are, to allowing others accept who we are, this emotional and beautiful story with capture every reader's heart.
I would happily read this book over and over again, it is John Boyne's masterpiece!
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Emotional Roller Coaster
'What you know about women,” replied Maude, “could be written in large font on the back of a postage stamp and there’d still be room for the Lord’s Prayer.'
Cyril, I really loved the main character of the book. I felt like I knew him and the way Boyne takes you on Cyril's crazy life story, you feel like you have experienced the ups and downs with Cyril and you become very attached.