I finished this seconds ago THE BEST NOVEL of 2017It s not only a FAVORITE FAVORITE.It makes my top 10 BEST BOOKS in at least the last 5 or 6 years PHENOMENAL long lush perfectly escapist read I read this book SLOW I SERIOUSLY LOVED it soooooo MUCH I m ga ga goo goo over this novel I m sorry it s over I Long before we discovered that he had fathered two children by two different women, one in Drimoleague and one in Clonakilty, Father James Monroe stood on the altar of the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, in the parish of Goleen, west Cork, and denounced my mother as a whore I imagine I must have been under some sort of a curse for the last sixteen years or so How else to explain that I just finished reading my first John Boyne novel Must be the luck of the Irish, well the Irish America Long before we discovered that he had fathered two children by two different women, one in Drimoleague and one in Clonakilty, Father James Monroe stood on the altar of the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, in the parish of Goleen, west Cork, and denounced my mother as a whore I imagine I must have been under some sort of a curse for the last sixteen years or so How else to explain that I just finished reading my first John Boyne The first paragraph of the book is what grabbed me Long before we discovered that he had fathered two children by two different women, one in Drimoleague and one in Clonakilty, Father James Monroe stood on the altar of the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, in the parish of Goleen, West Cork, and denounced my mother as a whore Pretty powerful stuff, that Little Cyril is telling the story as a babe not even born yet and the story he told, whew I was appalled at what that priest did to his The first paragraph of the book is what grabbed me Long before we discovered that he had fathered two children by two different women, one in Drimoleague and one in Clonakilty, Father James Monroe stood on the altar of the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, in the parish of Goleen, West Cork, and denounced my mother as a whore Pretty powerful stuff, that L Well, I m definitely in the minority with this one With an overall average rating of 4.49, based on thousands of reviews, I had expected this book to be a sure thing for me It just goes to show you that it doesn t always work out that way That being said, I can definitely see the appeal of this story for a lot of readers This book addresses many important topics and tackles some controversial subject matter It covers a period of time that spans decades, from the 1940 s to present day, lendi Well, I m definitely in the minority with this one With an overall average rating of 4.49, based on thousands of reviews, I had expected this book to be a sure thing for me It 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 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.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. The Catholic Church has an unpardonable and deplorable history mired in horrors such as support for fascist regimes in Spain, Germany, Italy, its oppositon to liberation theology whilst buttressing the power of the tyrannical dictators of South and Central America and its brutal history in Ireland John Boyne embodies the heartbreaking history of Ireland and the Catholic Church in the post war years from 1945 to 2015 through the ordinary life and times of Cyril Avery It is ambitious, moving, un The Catholic Church has an unpardonable and deplorable history mired in horrors such as support for fascist regimes in Spain, Germany, Italy, its oppositon to liberation theology whilst buttressing the powe WOW UNPUTDOWNABLE UNFORGETTABLE BEST OF THE BEST IN MY BOOK In THE HEART S INVISIBLE FURIES, the story begins in Ireland and Catholic priests rule.As for this reader, John Boyne rules..Get ready to laugh, be shocked, appalled and heartbrokencontinuouslyas you read Cyril Avery s life story We have here excellence in story telling, amazing characters with outlandish names AND personalities that fit them to a big fat T.Adopted as a baby to peculiar parentsto say the leastCyril is oft WOW UNPUTDOWNABLE UNFORGETTABLE BEST OF THE BEST IN MY BOOK In THE HEART S INVISIBLE FURIES, the story begins in Ireland and Catholic priests rule.As for this reader, John Boyne rules..Get ready to laugh, be shocked, appalled and heartbrokencontinuouslyas you read Cyril Avery s life story We have here excellence in story telling, amazing characters with ou When I first started reading this I had no idea of how much I would end up loving this book Felt that way for the first 100 pages or so, not that I wasn t liking it but the beginning sometimes seemed a by muddled, couldn t figure out where it was going It starts in the forties, in an Ireland where Catholic priests held way too much power over the lives of their parishioners A young woman, barely sixteen and pregnant is literally drummed out of the church, after refusing to name the father of When I first started reading this I had no idea of how much I would end up loving this book Felt that way for the first 100 pages or so, not that I wasn t liking it but the beginning sometimes seemed a by muddled, couldn t figure out where it was going It starts in the forties, in an Ireland where Catholic priests held way too much power over the lives of their parishioners A young woman, barely sixteen and pregnant is literally drummed out of the church, after refusing to name the father of her baby, and told to leave the village and never return I fell in love with the child produced, Cyril and we will follow his life over the course of seventy years, each segment continuing after the passing seven years When he is seven something happens that changes and affect his life for many, many years For many years he also struggles with his homosexuality, and that of course is the main theme of this story We travel from Ireland, to Holland, where the laws So it s my last review of 2017, and my year in books has ended pretty much as it began with an excellent 5 star read John Boyne is a truly gifted writer and The Heart s Invisible Furies is simply mesmerising.Cyril Avery was born out of wedlock to 16 year old Catherine Coggins Because of this, Catherine is banished from the small Irish Community where she s lived all her life This is 1940 s Ireland where Catholic priests very much ruled their communities Publicly denounced as a whore by the So it s my last review of 2017, and my year in books has ended pretty much as it began with an excellent 5 star read John Boyne is a truly gifted writer and The Heart s Invisible Furies is simply mesmerising.Cyril Avery was born out of wedlock to 16 year old Cath Few authors can slay me emotionally while simultaneously making me think, the way that John Boyne does His book The Absolutist see my original review , is one of my favorite books of all time, and also made my list of the best books I read in 2012 Five years later, I still can t get that book out of my mind or my heart.While not all of Boyne s books have cau