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 many years, 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.
Publisher: London ; New York : Hogarth, 2017.
ISBN: 9781524760786
Characteristics: 580 pages ; 25 cm


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Sep 29, 2017

For the first half of this book I was convinced it was the best and funniest book I had read in ages. It lapses into a trite polemic on AIDS – pertinent to the story, but which I mention because some may be tired and put off by reading it once again. There are some questionable minor details along the way – one would search long and hard to find an 80-year-old female hemophiliac. But the AIDS portion is relatively short and the book returns to its prior style, if not quite its levity, leaving me again thinking what a delight the book was in its entirety. I strongly recommend it.


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