THE HEART’S INVISIBLE FURIES

21 03 2018

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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 many years, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country, and much more

I was very disappointed in this book, in which I was unable to finish.  I put this in the category of smut.  You start out with incest, then go on to homosexuality, murder, tax evasion, and even trying to buy a jury off.  This book is also full of obscene sexually suggestive scenes, especially toward homosexuality.  I could not believe that you would have 7 year olds having a tendency toward this crude act.  If you could rate thisin the minus category, I would do that. This is like John Boyne wanted to get just about every sin in one book.

John Boyne

John Boyne is an Irish novelist, born in 1971. His first short story was published in 1993 in the Sunday Tribune and was shortlisted for a Hennessy Literary Award. He is the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Knock Down Ginger, Noah Barleywater Runs Away, and The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket. His books have been translated into over 50 languages. He lives in Dublin.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


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