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The Heart's Invisible Furies

De : John Boyne
Lu par : Stephen Hogan
Durée : 21 h et 20 min
Catégories : Anglais - Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 notations)

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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 three score years and 10, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more. 

In this, Boyne's most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart's Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit. 

©2017 John Boyne (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks
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  • Rachel Maritz
  • 13/11/2019

Gripping story, but too much aganizing

I should agree with so many reviews before mine, that the book captures an epic story with shrewd humor and acute understanding of the difficulty of being gay in Ireland and in general in die 1950s and onwards. I must also state that the narrator’s performance was superb.
However, despite the entertaining writing style and gripping story, I found the agonizing of an oversexed teenager, and countless tales of sexual encounters tedious and drawn out. If the tale of mother and son’s separation did not grip me I would not have soldiered on through the book to find out how it finally gets resolved. Many anecdotes have seemed superfluous to me; perhaps included to create context, ad nauseam so.
In conclusion, I will not recommend this book across board.

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  • Nick
  • 31/07/2018

An intriguing story of human resilience

The author, John Boyne, wrote this intriguing story with a good deal of Irish humour, and a touch of class which I believe is achievable only when someone writes from their personal experience! I wont give a synopsis of the story itself - there are plenty to choose from. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the audio book despite being a little sceptical about the subject matter to start. The author has developed deep characters which resonate well with the story, and he provides some dark satire on some of Ireland and humanities worst characteristics across a spectrum of history, and also provides an inspirational story of resilience and ultimately long awaited happiness. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and will certainly listen/read more from this author. The performance was outstanding and the characters were well defined with brilliant accents and good timing on the humour too! #IrishHumour #Multigenerational #Witty #Funny #SelfDiscovery #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Peter Olofsson
  • 31/08/2017

My favourite 2017 so far

Wonderful story spanning over a life time - a sorry time for Ireland, a story told with love and wit and read in a way that matches the content.

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  • Louise
  • 03/05/2017

Highly recommended

An achingly beautiful book. What a story and what sadness and joy. It was read with such compassion and care. John Boyne is a master and never disappoints his reader.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01/07/2020

Magnificent Storytelling

beautifully executed tragic happy tale of a family drama intertwined with Irish morals , values and social issues of the 20th century.
some of the accents were not great in the narration, but overall a wonderfully structured novel

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  • Wayne Phillips
  • 14/06/2020

Epic read. Waiting a lifetime to find peace

Maybe one day we'll all be able to treat each other with the respect we deserve, regards of sexual preference, race, class, gender and learn to hold onto love where we find it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05/06/2020

A heart wrenching story of love

Boyne describes in vivid emotion and detail the challenges of Ireland in the 20th century. From the stifling force of a small town Catholic church, the challenges and oppression of being homosexual in the 40s, the sex trade and underworld in the Netherlands, to the HIV pandemic and beyond. It is a rollercoaster ride of love and loss that illuminates one man's life of triumphs and failures with uncanny honesty. It is raw humanity personified and could make a stone weep with the pathos of it all.

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  • Jules
  • 15/05/2020

Incredible

Such an amazing story and so well narrated, I was hooked from the first to the last page.

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  • Danie
  • 28/04/2020

Great book

Love the humor and the reader was great! The book does drag out a little bit.

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  • Deema
  • 19/09/2019

Heartwarming

Truly Ireland, a kindness at every unkindness, cried, laughed, gasped, cleverly crafted, endearing characters & vibrant conversations, loved this lovely lengthy listen!

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 18/10/2018

wonderful story beautifully told!

Having been initially put off by the intro, this turned out to be incredible! loved it!

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