Quick Fire Review: The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

April 11, 2019 Book review 2 ★★★★★

The Heart’s Invisible Furies is one of those books that once you read it, you’ll always remember it. Believe me, I know it’s a cliche to say a book made me laugh and cry, but it genuinely did. I FELT so much while reading this book, and I already know I’ll read it again. I also feel like writing this review is impossible, as I can’t do justice to how emotionally charged this book is. Basically all I want to say is read it.

Quick Fire Review: The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John BoyneThe Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne
Published by Hogarth Press on August 22, 2017
Genres: Historical Fiction
Pages: 582
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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 more 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 more.
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.


Pre/Mid/Post read thoughts on The Heart’s Invisible Furies

Pre read thoughts:

Everyone raves about this. So I’ve given in and jumped aboard the hype train. Hope it lives up to my high expectations.

Mid read thoughts:

5% “I love Cyril”
10% “Heartbreaking and shocking but also hilarious. Already I’ve run through the whole gamut of emotions”
20% “This book makes me ashamed of how Ireland used to treat gay people, and I’m so happy that times have moved on.”
70% “So now I know where the title comes from and my heart is broken. 🙁 :(“
99% “I don’t want this book to end. I’m not ready to leave the characters behind”.

Post read thoughts:

This book is worthy of all the hype. I think we should form a hype rocket rather than a hype train, anything that gets people reading this book!

It’s powerful, funny, heartbreaking and most of all unique and memorable.

Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: five-stars

Who should read The Heart’s Invisible Furies?

I recommend this to you if you like Irish settings, especially how the country changed over the decades to the Ireland I know and love today. If you like character driven plots, and a book that shoots from dark to tender to sordid to hilarious all within the same sentence. I suppose I have to warn you that the language is graphic, but it’s so much an integral part of this book that I loved that part of it too. Fans of John Boynes previous books should also enjoy this (somehow I’ve never reviewed them but I also loved The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The House of Special Purpose).


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2 Responses to “Quick Fire Review: The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne”

  1. Rita @ View From the Books

    I love books/movies about Irish history and this fictional trip through the years sounds like such an amazing read. I read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (and saw the film)– oh my gosh, tore at my heartstrings. I should really look for this one in my library, it’s so popular. Glad you loved it!

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