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review 2017-07-15 00:00
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne 3.5 Stars

Ireland of the 50s 60s 70s 80s.
He who dares be different........... gets a slap
Thankfully we have moved on.......


I wish I could break this novel down into 3 parts and my rating would differ on all three. The first 200 pages I just could not connect with the characters or the book as I felt situations and conversations especially the conversation between the 7 year old boys and the confessional scene and the numerous over played comic scenes and ridiculous coincidences made me want to throw this book at a wall as it just bordered on the ridiculous (2 Stars) and yet something compelled me to stay with the novel and I was so glad I did as the next couple of hundred pages the novel seems to find it's rhythm and was a wonderful insight into Ireland of the 1940s to today WARTS and all. (4 stars) and the last 200 pages were just deeply affecting and heartbreaking and hypnotic. John Boyne at his best.(5 Stars).

I am a fan of John Boyne and have enjoyed most of his novels and this one without doubt shows of his masterful storytelling as he depicts an Ireland that was ruled by religion and prejudice. An Ireland that many many people suffered in the name of religion and their childhood memories were dominated by cruelty in some shape or form. And yet we have come a long in the last 20 years with some 62% of the Irish Republic electorate voting in favour of Gay marriage in 2015 and 2017 sees Leo Varadkar becoming Ireland's first gay prime minister which shows how much our little country has changed and for the better on so many other levels as well.

This is a book that is humorous (sometimes boarding on farcical) tender, heartbreaking shocking and powerful.
Beware there is quite a lot of profanity so don't say you weren't F***ING! warned.
I think this book would make a terrific book club discussion read as I dare you read it and not have an opinion or a meaniful discussion on it.

I was lucky to have a hard copy of this book and to listen to it on audible as well and both worked well for me.
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review 2017-05-28 05:08
An Epic Emotional Tale
The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne

I ended this story in tears, what a beautiful, horrible, epic family tale. It ranged from 1945 till present times, through many nightmarish times for me. The first years of Aids, the fears the lies, and the Twin Towers, such darkness. I felt so much, this was such an emotional story. It was so real, laced with histories I lived through, a time machine of sorts. I had to stop many times to think about the events and to compare them to my memories of the time.This was the longest I've ever taken to read a book, it could not be read quickly it was too intense.
Cyril born in 1945 to a single mother thrown out by her family and church in Ireland placed in a adopted family lived an epic life. Raised by off centered cold parents, he was always held apart and alone. Growing up he had love for his friend that wasn't allowed or returned. He was a young gay man when it was a near death sentence to be one in Ireland. Political, legal, religious, and social wars against gay people were extreme, he hid and became a bit self destructive. He was terrorized, as were most in that time. He left Ireland after a punch in the gut wedding and began an epic journey through 3 countries, one great love, a new family, and many horrible loses. The great circle of life brought him so close to his roots many times always just a touch.
What a book. I don't think I am capable of describing it fully. It is beyond my ability to write the feelings.

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review 2017-05-11 21:02
Non all'amore né alla notte
Non all'amore né alla notte - John Boyne, Roberta Zuppet

E' difficile commentare un libro come questo. Innanzitutto è bellissimo, pur lasciando l'amaro in bocca, è toccante ma anche duro.

 

L'autore con durezza mostra l'immensa idiozia della guerra e con delicatezza invece mostra la sofferenza di un uomo che non è accettato per quel che è.

 

E' difficile dimenticare Tristan, un giovane di 21 anni che dopo la Grande Guerra convive con le conseguenze che il conflitto ha lasciato in lui.

 

Purtroppo nel libro non c'è riscatto o comprensione o perdono; è un libro amaro e come accade spesso nella vita, non c'è un lieto fine.

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review 2017-05-10 17:40
An Epic Emotional Tale
The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne

I ended this story in tears, what a beautiful, horrible, epic family tale. It ranged from 1945 till present times, through many nightmarish times for me. The first years of Aids, the fears  the lies, and the Twin Towers, such darkness. I felt so much, this was such an emotional story. It was so real, laced with histories I lived through, a time machine of sorts.  I had to stop many times to think about the events and to compare them to my memories of the time.This was the longest I've ever taken to read a book, it could not be read quickly it was too intense. 

Cyril born in 1945 to a single mother thrown out by her family and church in Ireland placed in a adopted family lived an epic life. Raised by off centered cold parents, he was always held apart and alone. Growing up he had love for his friend that wasn't allowed or returned. He was a young gay man when it was a near death sentence to be one in Ireland. Political, legal, religious, and social wars against gay people were extreme, he hid and became a bit self destructive. He was terrorized, as were most in that time. He left Ireland after a punch in the gut wedding and began an epic journey through 3 countries, one great love, a new family, and many horrible loses. The great circle of life brought him so close to his roots many times always just a touch. 

What a book. I don't think I am capable of describing it fully. It is beyond my ability to write the feelings. 

 

 

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text 2017-05-09 16:07
Reading progress update: I've read 21%.
Non all'amore né alla notte - John Boyne, Roberta Zuppet

 

 

 

 

Continua a non deludere. Molto bello ora in cui il protagonista parla dei suoi primi giorni di addestramento militare. Si è già intuito molto di lui e della sua sofferenza.

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