5 star reads - Courtney

(AudioBook) The Hearts Invisible Furies by John Boyne



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.


Hearts invisible furies is probably my second favorite book this year next to the great alone by Kristin Hannah. This book is slow, beautiful, heart wrenching, emotional roller coaster that will have you shocked, angry and crying at times.

Your Mc is Cyril and it goes through from the time he is still in his mother’s belly to the time he is an old man. This is set around Ireland in the 20th century and the Catholic Church. You get to see some of what Ireland is like and how hateful they were in the 40s-60s. Gays is this book are constantly degraded by being called nanny boy, fags, perverts and dirty queers.

Cyril who is gay in a time and place where gays were called nasty insults and thrown in jail or killed just for holding hands. There’s some major triggers in this book so be cautious going in. Slut shaming, Parents throwing out, Murder of a baby, Abuse, Anti-LGBTQIA, Racism, Pedophillia, Men having a lesbian obsession, Sexism, Talk of suicide, Slurs like faggot, Mention of the N word

Everything comes together throughout the story and your left with a whole in your heart at the end because you didn’t want it to end. I dragged my feet finishing this because I just didn’t want it to end.

There are so many characters in this book. Catherine Goggin manages the doll house and takes no shit from men. Mary Margaret muffet who is a nasty little thing. Bastian who is a scientist and try’s to help others. Julian is Cyril’s best friend and a womanizer or charmer  if you will. So many characters with so much depth and story. Each one I enjoyed expect Mary muffet which I wanted to strangle every scene.

Overall I loved this book and it will always hold a place on my shelf and Cyril my heart. I was happy towards the end with a little sadness. His story was amazing and beautiful.

Courtney 💛

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