The Heart's Invisible Furies
by John Boyne
PBR Review: (by- Linda )
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.

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