The Heart's Invisible Furies (Audio Download): John Boyne, Stephen Hogan, Random House Audiobooks: Audible Audiobooks kindle –

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 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 , 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 s 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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  1. Greg Dunn Greg Dunn says:

    John Boyne s tale of one man s life, all but from conception to death, is a funny, poignant, moving and at times heartbreaking story as much about Ireland as about its lead character, Cyril Avery From high farce it turns on a sixpence to dark introspection, the literary equivalent of spinning plates, which it achieves with consummate ease and a very deft hand From the opening paragraph surely the perfect example of how to hook your readers with your very first line to its final words it makes for compelling reading you both want to devour and yet never want to end.Given the book is written by a gay Irish man there is than a little to the story that is autobiographical, or at least extrapolated, as the author himself reveals in the touchingly honest afterword He admits that his success as a writer to date gave him free rein to make of this novel what he has, juggling a range of styles and including a number of issues that are important to him personally Not that this is to the novel s detriment in any way it helps tell a full and complex story that will linger in the memory for a long time.As triumphant as the novel is, its very nature dictates that it can never be as satisfying as it perhaps could be As the narrative shifts forward seven years every 70 pages or so, covering the 70 years in the life of the aforementioned Cyril Avery, it focuses on key events and smaller moments but with far going unsaid than is written on the page In this sense, while its cast of characters is memorable and for the most part beautifully drawn, the shifting timeframe means that some are quicker sketches than others One disappointment for me personally is that we don t really get to know Bastiaan, arguably the most important man in Cyril s life, as well as we ought to This coincides with the one section of the novel I felt was the least successfully indulgent, if you like, shining an otherwise admirable spotlight on the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and sacrificing characterisation a little in the process Purely in terms of credulity the weak point of the narrative is that it involves a series of unlikely coincidences, with Cyril encountering key characters again and again in his life which would require less suspension of disbelief if the setting did not change repeatedly throughout, taking the story to other countries and even other continents It also gives itself permission at times to adopt traditionally filmic elements, which make the story no less satisfying indeed so in parts but rather make it feel like the author is already planning his adapted screenplay for when the novel is turned into a lavish six part mini series The final chapter is the most obvious example of this.These gripes aside, however, I have nothing but good things to say about The Heart s Invisible Furies From its laugh out loud moments via its thought provoking interludes to scenes and sentiments that gave me pause to be thankful for what I have in life, it made for very rewarding reading I often say with other books I ve read that I would be happy to read them again with this one I know for certain that I will return to it, hopefully many times.P.S One question for anyone who s read it and can perhaps set me straight was it just my imagination, did I miss something or does Cyril s conversation with Mrs Goggin about the aftermath of the events in Central Park not tally with the information given elsewhere in the book Twice a trial is mentioned, but Cyril later tells Mrs Goggin that the culprits were never caught.

  2. Audrey Haylins Audrey Haylins says:

    Set against seven decades of Irish history, this majestic odyssey of a novel tells the compelling story of one man s quest to discover his true self and, with it, a place where he can belong From start to finish, it is an utterly absorbing read at times shocking and tragic, at others poignant and funny Boyne s skillfully balanced narrative will make you weep, and then laugh out loud before the tears are dry on your cheeks And it will cling, limpet like, to your consciousness long after you turn the final page.Cyril Avery, the novel s gay, illegitimate hero, is a triumph of characterization, even for Boyne Born in the wrong place at the wrong time, Cyril relates his inner and outer struggles with an almost dispassionate fluidity that serves only to heighten the confusion, anger and shame that define his existence The light touches of often self deprecating wit are a master stroke, adding an almost wicked playfulness to his otherwise tortured soul Cyril is a character who effortlessly commands both affection and empathy, first as a boy, growing up in an adopted, loveless home, then as a man, tormented by his sexuality and plagued by tragedy even when he finally finds happiness.The narrative itself has a lovely Dickensian flavor, with a fabulously eccentric supporting cast and a raft of odd coincidences and missed opportunities that in any other context would be deemed beyond the pale Here, though, as Boyne works his magic and sucks you into his tale, credibility takes a back seat to the sheer enjoyment of the storytelling.And enjoy it I did all 600 pages A magnificent, tour de force of a novel.Thanks for reading my review I hope you found it helpful You can find candid book reviews on my profile page.

  3. Neil011 Neil011 says:

    I read this book as a nominated book for the book club I belong to, and its one of the best books I have read for quite a while, its not often that I leave reviews but this is definitely worth reading

  4. Dora Bona Dora Bona says:

    If I could have given this 6 stars, I would have As per all other comments, it s a magnificent journey through the decades The characters come to life on the page, and move in to your heart It ll make you angry about the bigotry, lack of humanity, barbaric practices and moronic prejudices of the Catholic church It ll make you sad about unrequited love It ll make you laugh and cheer at the sheer determination of strong, solid humans And like all of John Boyne s work, it ll stay with you long after you ve turned the last page.

  5. Jelibebe Jelibebe says:

    I laughed out loud at this book, I cried at this book, I love this book.I don t have the words to adequately praise the beauty of this story Cyril s life story so stunningly told Believable characters, and situations reflecting the history of the time The whole gamut of emotions I have only just discovered John Boyne, but I am so looking forward to reading everything else he has ever written.

  6. Rachel G. Rachel G. says:

    This book is brilliant It is dedicated to John Irving, and I can see why It reminded me of Irving s very best work Owen Meany and The Cider House Rules.It is the story of the life of one man, told against the backdrop of twentieth century Ireland It is simultaneously heartbreaking, funny and life affirming Can t recommend it enough.

  7. Thomas Mackan Thomas Mackan says:

    It does go on, this story There s a lot of skill in this writer, but not a lot of ability to economize and or edit It s tale, a saga really, of one Irishman from conception to old age It s Ireland, too, from its conception as an independent republic after WW1 to the present Both Cyril and Ireland are the principals, with a supporting cast of Dutch, German, Slovakians, and Brits Boyne s got humour and when he s funny he s hilarious, but he gets bogged down in far too much structural shenanigans and unnecessary detail that it s a brave struggle to finally make it to end, and even then he has trouble winding it all down I d have been hopelessly lost in the time warps and gaps with a lesser writer, so here s to John Boyne for mapping the intertwining of characters and events clearly enough that I kept going, somehow confident he d get me there I read via E book Kindle , so the temptation to flip through and skip clutches of pages at a time was missed Boyne likes writing I wish he liked editing as much.

  8. Indydriven Indydriven says:

    Cyril Avery s birth mother was raised with a very strict Catholic upbringing and when it was discovered that she was pregnant and unmarried, she was soon cast out of her family, her church and her town She gave birth to Cyril and gave him up for adoption This story tells Cyril s life from birth to death covering not only his major life events but also world events such as the AIDS crisis and 9 11 along with the ongoing prejudice against gay men We travel with Cyril from Dublin to Amsterdam to New York and back to Ireland.There are quite a few characters in this book but what I loved was how the author plotted the story so that all the character s lives intersected at some point When a new character was introduced, the reader may not know exactly what role they will play in Cyril s life, but at some point, they will intersect and all will be illuminated.This is a chunky book running approximately 590 pages on my Kindle, however, I became so engrossed in the story that it felt like I got to the end of Cyril s story too soon.Highly recommend this book I give it five stars and it is my favorite read so far this year.


    This book is a sort of a different read for me Yes it was something unique from all the other books that I read This is a book about Cyril, the protagonist who is a homosexual in Ireland The story begins from 1945 where Mrs.Goggins, Cyril s mother is thrown out of the church and ends in 2015 This explains the length of the book indeed 713 pages It describes about Ireland and the lifestyle change of people there way from older days to today I really was able to discover lots of new ideas from the book It gave my mind a broad view on different parts of the world and stuffs The entire life of Cyril from scratch made me realize that the world is really huge and means than what we knew It was really a wonderful experience reading this book Although it didn t go well for me at first, the subsequent parts where really interesting The narration was good and kept going smoothly There were lots of varied characters and yes it requires your effort in keeping track of them Each people in the books had their own thoughts yet everyone was justified and that is what I like the most of this book The relationship between Cyril and Alice was my favourite especially specially towards the end The book was so hilarious and I kept laughing at many places It was also moving at the same time with lots of loses and sadness happening It is a book where one could really understand so many things and will love it I really liked it on the whole.

  10. Tracesprite Tracesprite says:

    John Boyne always takes you into places of emotional intensity but this book, for me, was the most intense journey of all It covers the time from 1945 to 2015 and you realise what the huge changes over those times mean for the homosexual community, especially the one in Ireland, dominated as it was by the Catholic priests whose own tormented sexuality blighted the sexuality of others.Homosexuals have been hurt by rejection, shame, self hatred and the cruelty and violence of others John Boyne portrays the way that casual words flung out in humour can wound others His main character, Cyril, never fully flourishes as a person because of the harshness of the times that he lives in, but neither is he vanquished.There is light humour and bitter humour mingled in with the gently lilting Irish speech in this wonderfully written book which carries you along from beginning to end.

  11. Federico Federico says:

    There s something Proustian about this book, an author s first person account of trying to organize his life within a complex, hurtful and autocratic society in this case, Ireland, from the 1940 s till today And, undeniably, the last chapters constitute the equivalent of Proust s Time Regained, where every character from the book, dead or alive, is trotted out one time for a last appearance and resolution of his her life or death , from now on.Deeply touching, at times uproariously funny, at other times, profoundly tragic or even as melodramatic as only the Irish can be, this book serves it all up in lively scenes and beautifully crafted dialogues that carry you along from one surprise to the next And even if some of these surprises are a little over the top, the Irishness of the book lets you believe them.No wonder, the readers of the New York Times voted this their favourite book, in 2017

  12. murchana sarma murchana sarma says:

    A masterpiece, it is Humorous, beautifully written and achingly sad It s well built characters never fail to stir the strings in your heart The protagonist s story becomes yours and when that happens, you know the book s one of favorites.

  13. Vicente Vicente says:

    Una de las mejores novelas que he le do, sino la mejor Por contenido podr a haber sido una obra demasiado cruda y dram tica si el autor no la hubiese complementado con su genial sentido del humor Arrebatadora en muchos momentos, llena de pasajes inolvidables, tremendamente rica en cuanto a situaciones y contextos, pues recoge toda una vida Absolutamente recomendable.

  14. Paul Reid Paul Reid says:

    This book shows how a religion s underlying loving philosophy can be twisted by the demented actions of flawed men It takes you on a tragi comic journey which will have you in tears of laughter and sadness sometimes at the same time as a young boy struggles to accept and reveal his sexuality in Ireland s bigoted and often violent society and finds that he has allies where he least expects them.