The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

33630235Title: The Heart’s Invisible Furies

Author: John Boyne

Pub Date:  August 2017

My Rating: ★★★★★

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

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Blog post logo for Book Traveling Thursday showing different covers of book A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

BOOK TRAVELING THURSDAY: Friendship

It’s Book Traveling Thursday! It is a weekly meme hosted by Catia and Danielle. At the beginning of each month, they post a list of weekly themes. After choosing a book that fits the theme, you look at different covers of various editions and write your blog post with the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover, and your least favourite cover. To find out more check out Goodreads group!

This week’s theme is Friendship. International Day of Friendship is in two days. Choose a book where friendship matters. When I read that I know that my favourite book of this year hits the brief perfectly. I have opted for A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. ItT is the most heartbreaking story I’ve ever read and the only one that made me cry so much that I was just unable to read and finish last pages. Friendship is a big part of the story, it starts with a friendship of a group of four friends but evolves to be the strongest and most astounding friendship between Jude and Willem, and there are so many other amazing friendships created in the story – friendship between Jude and Andy, Jude and Harold. Those are just wonderful!

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