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The heart's invisible furies, John Boyne

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The heart's invisible furies
Title
The heart's invisible furies
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John Boyne
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hearts invisible furies
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eng
Summary
Adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple who remind him that he is not a real member of their family, Cyril embarks on a journey to find himself and where he came from, discovering his identity, a home, a country, and much more throughout a long lifetime
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  • /* Starred Review */ Boyne, author of the internationally best-selling children’s book The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2006), here turns to adult fiction to deliver the epic story of Cyril Avery, who—after being born out of wedlock in Dublin in 1945—is adopted as a baby by Charles and Maude Avery. He, a dissolute banker; she, the chain-smoking author of literary novels. From there Cyril’s story proceeds by seven-year intervals as readers meet the characters who will populate the crowded stage of his life. Among them are Julian, the beautiful young man with whom Cyril is obsessed (Cyril is gay; Julian is straight); Bastiaan, the Dutch man who is the love of Julian’s life; Ignac, the Slovenian boy who will become their surrogate son; and more. Boyne, who has a wonderful gift for characterization, does a splendid job of weaving these various lives together in ways that are richly dramatic, sometimes surprising, and always compelling. A vividly realized theme in the novel is the inhumane treatment of homosexuals in Ireland, largely at the behest of the Roman Catholic Church. Accordingly, the fear of being outed will cause Cyril to make some life-changing mistakes that, in context, are altogether plausible. Often quite funny, the story nevertheless has its sadness, sometimes approaching tragedy. Utterly captivating and not to be missed. -- Cart, Michael (Reviewed 6/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 19, p52)
  • Boyne (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) begins his enchanting, sprawling latest novel in 1945 as 16-year-old Catherine Goggin is cast from her home in Goleen, Ireland. Unmarried, pregnant, and shamed by a priest in front of the entire congregation, she makes her way to Dublin, where, after finding a job at the Parliament of the Irish Republic, she rents a dingy apartment. At her tenement, Catherine witnesses an act of violence against her flatmates, the stress of which forces her into labor in the hall of her building. Thus begins the life of Cyril Avery, the boy whose life fills the remaining pages. Splitting the novel into decade-long sections, Boyne explores Cyril’s life in luscious detail. Cyril is raised by quirky and inattentive adoptive parents—a banker and a successful writer—in Dublin. After school he visits Amsterdam, then later navigates 1980s New York at the height of the AIDS epidemic. With evocative descriptions of each city and fateful plot turns that twist the narrative in surprising ways, Boyne adroitly captures Cyril’s shifting identity as he grapples with nationality, class, and sexuality. The book becomes both an examination of Cyril’s life and a catalogue of Western society’s evolution from post-war to present day, with all its failings, triumphs, complexities, and certainties. The story falters slightly near the end, but the life of Cyril Avery is one to be relished. (Aug.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 07/31/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 31, p)
  • In 2015, a ghost tells 70-year-old Cyril Avery he will soon die. Assured that he will rejoin lost loved ones, Cyril experiences a previously elusive peace. Cyril was born in Dublin in 1945 to an unwed teenager. His adoptive parents are eccentric and distant, though they shelter him from intolerance and cruelty as he comes to terms with his sexuality in a repressive Ireland. Cyril's life story is extraordinary, tragic, and triumphant and somehow revolves around his recurring acquaintance with the brave and resilient Mrs. Goggin. She's a sort of guardian angel in his formative years, but in middle age Cyril finds himself consoling his aging, vulnerable protector as she faces tragedy in her own remarkable life. Their compassion for each other ultimately leads them on a mutual quest for closure and renewal. VERDICT Boyne dedicates his wise, beautiful 15th novel to John Irving. This tribute fits a story calling to mind the humane sagas of T.S. Garp, Owen Meaney, and the humble tale of Piggy Sneed. Readers will fall in love with Boyne's characters, especially Mrs. Goggin and Cyril's adoptive mother, Maude Avery, in this heartbreaking and hilarious story. [See Prepub Alert, 2/27/17.]—John G. Matthews, Washington State Univ. Libs., Pullman --John G. Matthews (Reviewed 06/15/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 11, p73)
  • /* Starred Review */ The Irish writer's 10th novel for adults examines one man's life over the course of 70 years to reveal the personal and societal toll of Ireland's repression of homosexuality.It's 1945, and a philandering Catholic priest is throwing 16-year-old Catherine Goggin out of church and the village for being unwed and pregnant as her family looks on silently. With quick strokes and bitter humor, Boyne's (A History of Loneliness, 2015, etc.) opening scene encapsulates the Irish church's hypocrisy and utter control of a meek flock. Having taken on the church's sexual abuse of children in his previous novel, Boyne continues his crusading ways with the quiet keening of this painful, affecting novel. Catherine will travel to Dublin and give birth after saving the life of a gay youth whose partner is beaten to death by his own father. Her son, Cyril, the book's first-person narrator, is adopted in infancy by a wealthy Dublin couple. He is smitten at 7 with a boy his age who visits the house, and even more so at 14, when they are roommates in school, but he mutes his passion for the handsome, charismatic Julian as they become close friends. As Boyne captures Cyril every seven years, his 20s feature a double life, secret promiscuity and public straightness. Then, he briefly marries (1973), flees Ireland, finds love in Amsterdam (1980), and works with AIDs patients in New York (1987). There, he suffers two wrenching losses—which also, happily, mark the end of Cyril's tendency to forget he's a witty, ironic conversationalist and veer close to maudlin self-pity. His later years in Ireland seem to bring the promise of reconciliation on several fronts, but there is still penance and pain until the book's last word. A dark novel marred by occasional melodrama but lightened by often hilarious dialogue.(Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2017)
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10563298
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YDX
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1971-
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Boyne, John
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6102.O96
LC item number
H43 2017c
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Adoptees
  • Friendship
  • Conduct of life
  • Ireland
Target audience
adult
Label
The heart's invisible furies, John Boyne
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Publication
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"Originally published in the United Kingdom by Doubleday, an imprint of Transworld Publishers, a Penguin Random House company, London."--title page verso
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First US Edition.
Extent
580 pages
Isbn
9781524760786
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 964931934
  • (OCoLC)964931934
Label
The heart's invisible furies, John Boyne
Publication
Note
"Originally published in the United Kingdom by Doubleday, an imprint of Transworld Publishers, a Penguin Random House company, London."--title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First US Edition.
Extent
580 pages
Isbn
9781524760786
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 964931934
  • (OCoLC)964931934

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