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The Hearts Invisible Furies
by John Boyne

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 also not knowing what to expect. It may be this writer’s 10th book for adults, but it was my first and it’s a big book, close to 600 pages.

As a general rule I don’t undertake books this big because experience has proved time and again that for me, and this is a personal preference, big books mean overly wordy descriptions and rambling. And yes, I did loose focus a few times but overall I liked this book a lot and I’m more than glad I tackled it. John Boyne’s writing style is mesmerizing.

The story examines the life of Cyril Avery, and opens with his teenage mother being disowned by her family and thrown out of church and town, for being an unwed mother. This causes a bevy of emotions to surface and the tide of emotions continue to surface and resurface as Boyne exposes the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church, the unthinkable treatment of Gays during this period and the unfairness of life. Recommend for those who enjoy a literary read.Back.
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.
PBR Reader Comments:
This is a bittersweet, epic book about Catherine, a teenager giving birth out of wedlock in 1949 Ireland. It tells her story and that of her son, Cyril, who struggles being gay in a time when it was lethal to be so. Catherine was forced to give Cyril up for adoption and as such the book also details his unusual relationship with his adopted parents. This is an amazing epic read for anyone who enjoys a literary read.
by-Linda 2017/10/15, 06:12 PM

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