The Heart’s Invisible Furies, by John Boyne

“A line came into my mind, something that Hannah Arendt once said about the poet Auden: that life had manifested the heart’s invisible furies on his face.”

The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Heart’s Invisible Furies

Cyril  Avery is not a real Avery.

This is what he has been told since he can remember.

Born in Ireland from an unmarried mother just as World War II was coming to an end, Cyril is raised by quite an odd pair. His well-off adoptive parents constantly remind him that he is not an actual part of the family. And Cyril  is practically raising himself, having matured well before his time.

In a world constantly different from him, Cyril will find refuge in his one and only friend, Julian Woodbead. He will have to struggle in order to find true friends and true love. Most importantly, he will struggle to find his true nature.

Welcome to Ireland of the 1950s and 1960s,

where life is difficult and people are afraid of accepting anything different from what is considered normal. Through the eyes of Cyril, you will see the times changing, along with the effort people went through in order for that to happen. Don’t be intimidated. This is not one of those books that readers deem “difficult” or “heavy reading”. And this is the beauty of the story of Cyril Avery. John Boyne narrates it in such a captivating way, that the reader goes effortlessly through it, without having to think twice about reading, and certainly without getting bored.

Be prepared for moments that will break your heart.

This is neither a sad or a happy book: it is a realistic one.  Bittersweet and real, it will make you cry. Oftentimes of laughter, other times of sadness, and sometimes even with laughter. But most importantly, it will make you get in someone else’s shoes. It will help you empathize with other perspectives, and it will make you think deeper.

We are almost in the end of 2017, and so many wonderful books are being published every month, each one having its own appeals. However, as a devoted bookworm, if I had to choose the one I enjoyed most this year and that actually moved me to the greatest extent, I would choose The Heart’s Invisible Furies in a heartbeat. A book that will prove very beloved through the next years,  this is definitely worth your time. Happy reading!