The Heart's Invisible Furies

The Heart's Invisible Furies

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"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"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Hogarth, [2017]
Edition: First US edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781524760786
1524760781
Characteristics: 580 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number: BOYNE, J

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multcolib_alisonk Sep 27, 2017

Every seven years we get a glimpse of the life of Cyril, a boy adopted by a wealthy and detached couple in 1940's Dublin; we see him at 7 when he meets the love of his life, at 14, when he is beginning to come to terms with his sexuality, and all through a long life of struggling and striving to fit in. At 600 pages, the plot is strong enough to sustain interest, but the readers will find their incredulity strained at the many implausible coincidences. One of the main characters is Ireland itself, and the torturous route it takes getting to modernity. An enjoyable read that would have been better with editing.

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