John Boyne Book Club Picks
PBR Review: I read “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” by this author and loved it, this surprised me because it’s a YA book. I bought this one, ”The Heart’s Invisible Furies” because I was curious to read an adult book by John Boyne, but als More


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Talking Points: Cyril was a gay man living in a time when he was forced to hide his true identity or face jail or even death. His teenage mother gave birth to him out of wedlock, which was reason enough for her family to publicly shame her and her church and community to run her out of town, penniless. A quirky couple adopted Cyril. They provided financially for him but continuously told him he was not a real Avery. Thus his childhood lacked the love and nurturing most children receive. The book is epic, following the lives of Cyril and his mother, and tackles many controversial topics and examines some critical issues from 1949 to present.
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PBR Review: This is a book about perceptions, the nature of good and evil and friendship. The writing style is clever; simple in style yet complex in the issues it deals with, elegant in presentation yet haunting in content. It’s told from More


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Talking Points: The book really highlights the profoundness of perception, as two nine year olds, Shmuel a holocaust victim and Bruno an SS officer's son, share their feelings about what the war has taken from them. Naturally, the theme of good versus evil and complex moral issues run strong throughout the book. One thought that has stayed with me is that I felt more fear for Bruno than for Shmuel, yet clearly the latter was in more danger.
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