The Heart's Invisible Furies

The Heart's Invisible Furies

The Heart s Invisible Furies hrs minCyril 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 gi

  • Title: The Heart's Invisible Furies
  • Author: John Boyne
  • ISBN: 9780857523488
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Paperback
  • 21 hrs 19 minCyril 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 in21 hrs 19 minCyril 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 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 .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.

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    Maybe there were no villains in my mother’s story at all. Just men and women, trying to do their best by each other. And failing.This book. THIS BOOK. I cannot remember the last time I became so thoroughly immersed in a story, fell so deeply in love with the characters, and had my heart so fully ripped out. The Heart's Invisible Furies is a masterpiece. Most people will know Boyne from his hard-hitting children's book The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, but this book is something else entirely.I'm [...]

    I finished this seconds ago. THE BEST NOVEL of 2017It's not only a FAVORITE-FAVORITE.It makes my top 10 BEST BOOKS in at least the last 5 or 6 years!!!! PHENOMENAL- long - lush perfectly escapist read!!!!I read this book SLOW -- I SERIOUSLY LOVED it soooooo MUCH I'm 'ga-ga'/goo-goo' over this novel!!! I'm sorry it's over --- I can't imagine starting another book: THIS novel has EVERYTHING I want in a powerful saga AND MORE:It's set against the dramatic backdrop of Irish political/ cultural Catho [...]

    The first paragraph of the book is what grabbed me: Long before we discovered that he had fathered two children by two different women, one in Drimoleague and one in Clonakilty, Father James Monroe stood on the altar of the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, in the parish of Goleen, West Cork, and denounced my mother as a whore.Pretty powerful stuff, that. Little Cyril is telling the story as a babe not even born yet and the story he told, whew. I was appalled at what that priest did to his mo [...]

    Well, I'm definitely in the minority with this one. With an overall average rating of 4.49, based on thousands of reviews, I had expected this book to be a sure thing for me. It just goes to show you that it doesn't always work out that way. That being said, I can definitely see the appeal of this story for a lot of readers. This book addresses many important topics and tackles some controversial subject matter. It covers a period of time that spans decades, from the 1940's to present-day, lendi [...]

    Long before we discovered that he had fathered two children by two different women, one in Drimoleague and one in Clonakilty, Father James Monroe stood on the altar of the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, in the parish of Goleen, west Cork, and denounced my mother as a whore. I imagine I must have been under some sort of a curse for the last sixteen years or so. How else to explain that I just finished reading my first John Boyne novel. Must be the luck of the Irish, well the Irish-American, [...]

    The Catholic Church has an unpardonable and deplorable history mired in horrors such as support for fascist regimes in Spain, Germany, Italy, its oppositon to liberation theology whilst buttressing the power of the tyrannical dictators of South and Central America and its brutal history in Ireland. John Boyne embodies the heartbreaking history of Ireland and the Catholic Church in the post war years from 1945 to 2015 through the ordinary life and times of Cyril Avery. It is ambitious, moving, un [...]

    WOW! UNPUTDOWNABLE! UNFORGETTABLE! BEST OF THE BEST IN MY BOOK!In THE HEART'S INVISIBLE FURIES, the story begins in Ireland and Catholic priests rule.As for this reader, John Boyne rulesGet ready to laugh, be shocked, appalled and heartbroken (continuously) as you read Cyril Avery's life story. We have here excellence in story-telling, amazing characters with outlandish names AND personalities that fit them to a big fat T.Adopted as a baby to peculiar parents (to say the least) Cyril is often re [...]

    When I first started reading this I had no idea of how much I would end up loving this book. Felt that way for the first 100 pages or so, not that I wasn't liking it but the beginning sometimes seemed a by muddled, couldn't figure out where it was going. It starts in the forties, in an Ireland where Catholic priests held way too much power over the lives of their parishioners. A young woman, barely sixteen and pregnant is literally drummed out of the church, after refusing to name the father of [...]

    Few authors can slay me emotionally while simultaneously making me think, the way that John Boyne does. His book The Absolutist (see my original review), is one of my favorite books of all time, and also made my list of the best books I read in 2012. Five years later, I still can't get that book out of my mind or my heart.While not all of Boyne's books have caught my interest, his latest, The Heart's Invisible Furies, utterly knocked me out. I read the entire book in one day (thanks to two airpl [...]

    I'm finding it difficult to do justice to this story that evoked so many emotions, sometimes from one extreme to another. I was sad and angry among moments of joy and there were times when I laughed out loud. The story a man struggling in a society that doesn't accept homosexuality, living with the odd people who adopted him at three days old, who said he'd never be an Avery . How is it possible for him to have a capacity for love, for caring when he experiences no love or comfort or caring in t [...]

    So it's my last review of 2017, and my year in books has ended pretty much as it began with an excellent 5 star read. John Boyne is a truly gifted writer and 'The Heart's Invisible Furies' is simply mesmerising.Cyril Avery was born out of wedlock to 16 year old Catherine Coggins. Because of this, Catherine is banished from the small Irish Community where she's lived all her life. This is 1940's Ireland where Catholic priests very much ruled their communities. Publicly denounced as a whore by the [...]

    4.5* rounded up. I subtracted half a star because I had to suspend disbelief with all the coincidences that take place in the novel. No way would they be possible in real life.Yes, yes, yes. I finally found a novel that everybody raves about that I also loved. The Heart’s Invisible Furies made me feel everything, I laughed, I was sad, I was hopeful and then disappointed, I was enraged by the people’s mentalities and I even wanted to punch a couple of the characters in the face, even the main [...]

    See this review @ readrantrockandroll/2017/I picked this up on Netgalley as soon as I saw it and I was luckily approved. I read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas years ago with my oldest son and couldn’t wait to read this after I read a few reviews on from some close friends. The book wasn’t what I expected and due to the myriad of feelings I have about it, I’ve been struggling to write a review on it for a few weeks now. There might be spoilers here.The story begins with a teenage girl name [...]

    "Why should we take advice on sex from the pope? If he knows anything about it, he shouldn't."-George Bernard ShawAt the outset, author John Boyle sets the scene that will lay the foundation for this bittersweet, decade-traversing novel: sixteen-year-old Catherine Goggan is with child in a god-fearing, godforsaken part of rural Ireland. But this is Ireland in 1945, when blind prejudice is as ubiquitous as clover in the meadows. And, because of her supposedly egregious sin, the town's misogynisti [...]

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!The Catholic Church has not been known for embracing homosexuality, or sexuality except as it relates to bearing children to those happily wed with the blessing of the Church. It is in 1945, this era in Ireland, where sixteen year-old Catherine is exiled from her church by their priest, the same priest, who it will later be discovered had fathered two children by two women. One in Drimoloeague, one in Clonakilty. The same Father James Monroe denounces Catherine as a whore and [...]

    This book starts with a young girl being kicked out of her church because she is pregnant. The church and her family toss her out and she heads off to Dublin. On reading the first bit of this story I thought everyone five starring this book had lost their minds wasn't bad but I was not turning pages very fast. (Partly due to being sucked into the Netflix void called Wentworth.t sorry)Then the baby is born and we meet Cyrild then I began to understand the rave reviews.Cyril is given up for adopti [...]

    I knew I had to read The Heart’s Invisible Furies when I saw it on so many “Best of 2017” lists. The endorsement of several of my favorite bloggers who often have tastes similar to my was enough to convince me to insert this 582 page book smack into the middle of my already jam-packed reading schedule. A few of those include Renee at It's Book Talk , Sarah at Sarah's Book Shelves , and Susie at Novel Visits. I’m happy say I do not regret for one moment the fews days following that I felt [...]

    5 meaty stars!It has to be good if I give 5 stars to a 600-pager! (She with the ADD who likes her books to be under 400 pages….) Seriously, big books annoy me because so often they have fillers. Reading a big book can be like eating a massive plate of noodles, when you really just want to get to the luscious meatball nuggets buried somewhere in there (vegetarians, please imagine tofu nuggets; I must make this analogy relatable!). In a big book, you often get a plate full of philosophical or re [...]

    I learned a lot about Ireland – and the Irish – while reading this book. I learned that the priests are all perverts and sadistic controllers; their parishioners do their best to follow the example of the priests; the people are ignorant (and thus use myriad swear words instead of using real words); the men are either homosexual or they want to be, and if they aren’t either of those, they are still completely obsessed with sex with as many partners as possible, as are the other men. In fac [...]

    Dublin, 1945. A brand new life is handed over to adoptive parents Charles and Maud Avery by a tiny hunchbacked nun. The wee babe is to be Cyril Avery. He will never be allowed to forget that he is not a real Avery. Such very odd parents (make that adoptive parents - do not get that wrong or you will be corrected). Cyril is sheltered and naive, but his world changes exponentially when he meets Julian. An exploding statue of Lord Nelson wreaks vengeance. A visit to a confessional takes an unexpect [...]

    582 pages of pure, unalloyed reading pleasure! This is my second book by this author and I have not got a single word of criticism to make about his writing.The Heart's Invisible Furies tells the tale of Cyril Avery's life, right from his mother's unfortunate pregnancy to his eventual death. Cyril is a wonderful character who makes some shocking mistakes along the way but does good things too. I loved his sense of humour most of all, especially in the face of the ignorance and stupidity he had t [...]

    Brilliant!!! I cried plenty, laughed lots, gasped at times, and sobbed on numerous occasions. A very emotional book, full of endearing (and some loathsome) characters and incidents. Fantastic writing, clever story telling, the sequence of events combined with fiction and factual were sublime. My favored aspect of this book was how the story lines were scattered here and there but eventually they all came to fruition. Best of 2017, in my top 10 favorite for the year.

    What a story! This is about a Dubliner, Cyril Avery and takes place just prior to his birth, and in 7 year increments thereafter. We are taken from Ireland, to Amsterdam, then New York and back to Ireland.We see the hypocrisy and influence of the Catholic Church in post World War ll Ireland until its evolution of change many years later, and how Cyril managed to live his homosexual life during these times. There is a lot of humor amid the drama!These characters are wonderful and ended up meaning [...]

    The Heart's Invisible Furies was so painful and so funny and so smart that it's hard to quantify. While I didn't fall in love at first, my connection to the book and the characters grew and grew until I found that I just couldn't put it down. I picked up this book at a whim, due to the excellent reviews, and spent the first portion of the book leisurely reading, not completely engrossed but entertained. The book is long, clocking in at nearly 600 pages, and I wasn't fully committed to the charac [...]

    This was absolutely positively wonderful in all ways a piece of literature can be.I have thought and thought about this book long after I closed its back cover. It is probably one of the most powerful novels that I have read in quite some time. Cyril Avery, the boy grown to manhood in this novel is a wonderful character. He epitomizes what it was like growing up a bastard in Ireland where his young unmarried mother is defamed by the parish priest, thrown out of her parents household, and cast ad [...]

    3.5 Stars (Update) Re-read as it came up as a book club read in my group and can confirm this was a great discussion book even though 7/10 of the group found it very far fetched and quite farcical. Ireland of the 50s 60s 70s 80s.He who dares be different gets a slap Thankfully we have moved on.I wish I could break this novel down into 3 parts and my rating would differ on all three. The first 200 pages I just could not connect with the characters or the book as I felt situations and conversation [...]

    I don't really know how to write this 'actvity' - as GR so cute-ishly regard our thoughts - but which we prefer to call 'reviews'.First off, I was wondering what would have happened if this book did not have a happy endingHowever, it did. And it shot the rating way above 5 stars for me. It could have easily landed up in the horror genre without the constant satire. The gay man, Cyril 'the squirrel' as he was often teased, told his lifestory in increments of seven year periods, beginning in 1945 [...]

    Title from narrator's recalling "something that Hannah Arendt once said about the poet Auden: that life had manifested the heart's invisible furies on his face."A social novel, in the tradition of Dickens, with Dickensian characters and loads of hilarious dialogue, following an Irish lad in Irish land, Cyril Avery, as he looks back over his life, beginning shortly after his conception in 1945 to near his death in 2015, from a point of view at every seven years: at ages 7, 14, 21, 28 and so on. I [...]

    Leo Varadkar made history when he was elected as Ireland’s prime minister by bringing down a significant barrier as the country’s first openly gay prime minister. This is all the more astonishing when one remembers that until 1993, homosexuality was illegal, creating a culture of fear and repression for many Irish citizens. From this point of view, this book is very significant because it follows a boy, Cyril, who knows he is gay in a society that hates his sexuality and will take decades to [...]

    A rollicking family saga that sprawls across geography and time, chock full of tragedy defused by satire, enduring love amid rivers of lustful escapades, and kind hearts lurking among the pervasive bigots and racists. Our hero Cyril Avery is raised is raised in Dublin in the 50s by remote adoptive parents, the womanizing dandy Charles and workaholic writer Maude. We know his teenaged mother put him up for adoption after her pregnancy led her minister and family to run her out of town in rural Co [...]

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