The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

Historical Fiction

582 pages

What is it about?

This book follows the life of Cyril Avery from 7 to 70 in 7 year increments. Cyril is gay, and Cyril is Irish. During his lifetime (1940-2010) it is not good to be both and that is where all the drama stems from.

Was it good?

This book was voted Book of the Year by Book of the Month members in 2017, if I am not very much mistaken, and it is rated 4.47 on Goodreads.

However, this was not the book for me. I found Cyril very unlikeable. I understand he grew up under difficult circumstances and was too ashamed and/or scared to tell people who he was… but I just did not like the choices he was making. All the people he lied to and led on was upsetting to me.

I guess I don’t understand why he didn’t leave Ireland if it was the cause of all of his problems? He could have saved himself 1/3 of a lifetime of misery.

If this book sounds like something you are interested in, then you should give it a try. I picked it up simply because it was Book of the Year and I did not know what I was getting into.

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