The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

33630235Title: The Heart’s Invisible Furies

Author: John Boyne

Pub Date:  August 2017

My Rating: ★★★★★

View on Goodreads

Buy on Book Depository | Wordery


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.

Continue reading

Advertisements
top ten tuesday, post logo

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them

This weekly meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme is Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them.


The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
by Olivia Laing

Nonfiction | Memoir | Art | New York

MADE ME: want to learn more about artists mentioned in it like Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, and David Wojnarowicz
25667449

Pub Date: March 1st, 2016

My Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads | Buy: Amazon.co.uk  | Amazon.com | Book Depository

Humane, provocative and deeply moving, The Lonely City is about the spaces between people and the things that draw them together, about sexuality, mortality and the magical possibilities of art. It’s a celebration of a strange and lovely state, adrift from the larger continent of human experience, but intrinsic to the very act of being alive.

This is such an amazing book! I loved this! It made me feel understood, it made me feel. Very often I had to stop, reread some passage that especially got to me and think about it. And there were many such moments.

Continue reading

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

behold the dreamersTitle: Behold the Dreamers

Author: Imbolo Mbue

Pub Date: August 23, 2016

My Rating: ★★★★☆

View on Goodreads | Buy on Amazon |Book Depository | Wordery


Behold the Dreamers perfectly captures the sad truth that so many people need to fly they countries, their homes to find a better life or at least find a chance to get a decent life somewhere else. It also shows wishful naiveté of people believing that in a wealthy country that they know from TV their life is granted to be better. Escaping is just the first step.

I enjoy books with an immigration theme and Behold the Dreamers a great book about immigrants. In the days before the collapse of Lehmann Brothers illegal immigrant from Cameroon – Jende Jonga gets a job as a chauffeur for a Wall Street man Clark Edwards. Jende is fighting cruel American immigration system trying to get a green card; his lawyer advised him to petition for asylum. Jende believes that America is the place for him to become somebody and for his family to have a good life,  surely better than the one they could have in Africa. His wife Neni believes in America even more. Continue reading