Review: The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

Title: The Heart’s Invisible Furies

Author: John Boyne

Pages: 736 Pages

Publisher: Random House UK

The Blurb

Forced to flee the scandal brewing in her hometown, Catherine Goggin finds herself pregnant and alone, in search of a new life at just sixteen. She knows she has no choice but to believe that the nun she entrusts her child to will find him a better life.

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or so his parents are constantly reminding him. Adopted as a baby, he’s never quite felt at home with the family that treats him more as a curious pet than a son. But it is all he has ever known.

And so begins one man’s desperate search to find his place in the world. Unspooling and unseeing, Cyril is a misguided, heart-breaking, heartbroken fool. Buffeted by the harsh winds of circumstance towards the one thing that might save him from himself, but when opportunity knocks, will he have the courage, finally, take it?

The Review

Every so often I come across a book that I find very difficult to review. Not because I didn’t like it, in fact it is quite the opposite. I love the book so damn much that I don’t think my words are adequate to do it justice. Try, I must.

John Boyne’s The Heart’s Invisible Furies was a book I was finding difficult to ignore. Simon Savidge kept talking about it on his YouTube channel Savidge Reads and I knew sooner or later I would have to read it. I was scared to read it because it isn’t a short book by any means – 736 pages is a massive commitment – however, from the very first chapter I was hooked.

The story, told in seven year intervals, deals with so many issues – the Catholic church and how it deals with perceived ‘sin’, LGBT rights, the troubles in Ireland, the AIDS crisis among many other topics. I can genuinely say that I never once felt like I was reading for reading’s sake. I devoured this book and was bereft when it was over. It was one of those magical books that makes you want to read more to know what happens but equally you don’t want to read because you don’t want to finish it.

Needless to say but The Heart’s Invisible Furies has made it too my forever book shelf.

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