I read the book The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne. Read here my review.
About the book
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.
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.
John Boyne is one of my favorite writers and this book is yet great again. Man I love this book. The story is sad and funny at the same time, relatable and at times absurd. How can a life turn out like that? It is so beautiful and so moving and the story includes funny scenes, absurd scenes and hilarious and also serious dialogues. I also love that the story takes the reader to multiple places like Dublin, Amsterdam and New York. This book is filled with themes that we all can relate to like love, friendships, loss, grief and also recognition. Boyne is a master.
Author: John Boyne
Title: The Heart’s Invisible Furies (Wat het hart verwoest in Dutch)
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