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The Heart's Invisible Furies (2017)

de John Boyne

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Named Book of the Month Club's Book of the Year, 2017 Selected one of New York Times Readers' Favorite Books of 2017 Winner of the 2018 Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award  From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Boy In the Striped Pajamas, a sweeping, heartfelt saga about the course of one man's life, beginning and ending in post-war Ireland 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 many years, 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.… (mais)
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“But the way my mother told it, he wasn’t necessarily the villain of the piece. Maybe there were no villains in my mother’s story at all. Just men and women, trying to do their best by each other. And failing” (557).

Living in the shadows, Cyril, a shy, adopted boy who often gets overlooked and abandoned and even misnomered as Cecil, wants nothing more than to be free to live (and to be loved) as his true self—rather than hiding parts of himself that his conservative, Irish Catholic culture have condemned as degenerate. Through Cyril’s search for contentment and happiness and honesty with his identity, we’re taken on an epic journey, hitting major 20th and 21st-century historical junctures. And it all seems to come full circle—several times, in fact—with all those vacillating moments that make a life full-lived: serendipitous encounters and melancholic circumstances and perfect seasons and tragic losses.

I’m not normally drawn to end-of-life retellings where a narrator recounts all the events of their life. Those types of stories usually feel daunting; I tend to get uninterested halfway through. This wasn’t that. For one, it’s less looking backward and more moving forward. And more than that, Cyril’s life feels like many different lives, different stories made up of different genres. It opens with the Shakespearean tragedy of banishment and familial murder and then moves into something that seems like any scene from Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums, watching Cyril grow up with eccentric adoptive parents, Charles and Maude (two of my favorite characters from this full cast). And as different decades are portrayed throughout his life, each is idiosyncratic. Some of my favorite sections, though, are those interactions between Cyril and Charles and Maude—they seem to add another layer to this Celtic story, one of much needed wit and humor and unexpected tenderness among all the injustices and tragedies that happen.

Sitting just shy of six hundred pages, this isn’t a short read, but it was certainly captivating enough to make it feel like a fast read. I really loved everything about this story: one man’s life that highlights the pain of abandonment and the joy of belonging, the sting of betrayal and the balm of forgiveness, the anguish of mendacity and the freedom of transparency. It’s poignantly beautiful and everything I’d hoped this backlist book would be. ( )
  lizallenknapp | Apr 20, 2024 |
Heartbreaking, humorous, tragic, and uplifting all at once. Immensely compelling story with well-drawn characters. ( )
  bschweiger | Feb 4, 2024 |
The opening from the mother's perspective captured me but then when it switched to youngish Irish gayman I wasn't quite sure I wanted to stick with it, but what a story! If you love full circle interwoven twists of chance this story will capture you for sure, it unfolds beautifully. ( )
  hellokirsti | Jan 3, 2024 |
I loved every, single page of this book. I wish I could start all over again, or that it would just keep going and going. ( )
  nogomu | Oct 19, 2023 |
This was a very interesting book. It covered the life of Cyril Avery from before he was born until he died. Born in Ireland, rich in the tradition of being ridged and non-accepting, Cyril struggled to understand and find himself. While Cyril wasn't the most likeable character, seeming weak and self-absorbed a lot of the times, one has to step back and reflect on when and how he grew up. Born after WWI, he was given up for adoption to a couple, who clearly were not meant to be parents both having their own preoccupations, and callously they would remind him that he was adopted. He comes of age in the 60's and 70's where he realized that Ireland would never accept him, and leaves for Amsterdam, then NYC. While he had no role model or close connection, he gradually he forms bonds. The book, covers his life, jumping decades at times, and continuing on. Well written and touching. ( )
  cjyap1 | Oct 2, 2023 |
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The Heart’s Invisible Furies, Boyne’s tiende roman voor volwassenen, vertelt ook een verhaal dat nooit gebeurd zou kunnen zijn, daarvoor hangt het te veel van toevalligheden aan elkaar. Toch blijf je bereid je ongeloof op te schorten, omdat je wilt weten hoe het verder gaat. Hoe de hoofdpersoon zich nu weer gaat redden uit de moeilijke situatie waarin hij, meestal door zijn eigen domme gedrag of dat van iemand anders, is terechtgekomen. En of hij zijn echte moeder ooit gaat vinden.
Dat Boyne de puzzelstukjes veel te mooi in elkaar laat vallen, vergeef je hem. Hij trakteert ons op zoveel spannende scènes, op grappige dialogen met mooie Iers-Engelse uitdrukkingen erin, en zelfs op ontroering. Bovendien is The Heart’s Invisible Furies, net als The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, duidelijk een bedacht verhaal, bedoeld om de wel waargebeurde geschiedenis te illustreren. Dat is Boyne dit keer heel goed gelukt.
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John Boyne delivers an epic full of verve, humour and heart...This blending of fact and fiction recalls William Boyd’s masterly Any Human Heart, which was such a convincing fictionalised biography that it came with its own set of footnotes....At every stage, Boyne seems to be saying that the individual is more powerful than the institutional. And at its core, The Heart’s Invisible Furies aspires to be not just the tale of Cyril Avery, a man buffeted by coincidence and circumstance, but the story of Ireland itself.
 
The Heart’s Invisible Furies” is a big, sweeping novel, the epic story of one man’s life. It takes on social issues and pivotal moments in Irish history as it follows the life of one Cyril Avery, a Pip-like orphan raised by indifferent adoptive parents and forced to make his own way in a very difficult world.

Cyril, who narrates the book, is wry, observant and funny, and it is his voice that gets us through what are sometimes horrific events. ...Despite these missteps, the book never really flags, and Cyril’s intelligent, witty voice takes us all the way through to the end of his life. “The Heart’s Invisible Furies” is a brilliant, moving history of an Irishman, and of modern Ireland itself.
 
Catherine’s journey to Dublin is the beginning of a picaresque, lolloping odyssey for the individual characters and for the nation that confines them. ...Boyne’s sombre 2014 novel A History of Loneliness anatomised such corruption and abuse, and he returns to track these seismic changes in Irish society with a broader, bawdier and more comedic sweep of narrative in The Heart’s Invisible Furies....The book blazes with anger as it commemorates lives wrecked by social contempt and self‑loathing....The narrative energy flags somewhat as Cyril’s story approaches the present day. Boyne’s fictional portrait of postwar Ireland and its people is nightmarish but utterly compelling
 
The book deals with some serious subject matter – gay-bashing, political corruption, AIDS – as well as the brutal sadness of being an other in a society that does not tolerate or even acknowledge others. But too often, Boyne goes for laughs to the detriment of the narrative. Some of the passages – the dialogue in particular – are indeed funny, but by sacrificing authenticity for a cheap laugh, he does a disservice to his story...My other beef with this book, which I tried so desperately to like, is the virtual disappearance of Kitty. While she does pop up at points in the book, it is never as a fully realized character....The novel's most successful moments come when Boyne scraps the comedy shtick and paints a more realistic picture of tender connections and difficult circumstances. This could have been a smart, raging satire of Ireland, as that tremendous opening sentence promised
 
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Named Book of the Month Club's Book of the Year, 2017 Selected one of New York Times Readers' Favorite Books of 2017 Winner of the 2018 Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award  From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Boy In the Striped Pajamas, a sweeping, heartfelt saga about the course of one man's life, beginning and ending in post-war Ireland 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 many years, 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.

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