The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

This book got me through the first few days of Lockdown 3. I curled up on the sofa and read it morning, noon and night. I’ve struggled to read as much during this pandemic. Concentrating has been hard. But I had no trouble with John Boyne’s brilliant book. The author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Boyne tells the story of Cyril, raised by adoptive parents in 1950s Dublin. The book spans his life, his loves, his friendships as he tries to find his place in the world. The characters are wonderful. You feel as if you know them intimately. The story made me gasp in places and laugh out loud in others. I’m saying little about the plot because you need to be drawn in, like I was, and disappear into this wonderful story. Perfect lockdown reading. 

12 thoughts on “The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

  1. This is one of my favourite books…I absolutely loved it when I first read it a good while back and have recommended it to many friends. It is one of the very few books that I have re-read. I couldn’t read anything during the first Lockdown ..really strange..
    but now am happily reunited with my love of reading!

  2. Hi there, this site is great Sophie-thanks for the inspiration, it has re-kindled my love of reading. is it possible to get access to any previous book recommends which have since been taken off the site please?

    1. Thanks! Glad you like it. These pages are the only ones I’ve done. It started as a fun project for a friend who kept ringing to ask me what to read. I just add great books as i find them.

  3. Well what you have done is brilliant- all great reads so far. Please keep them coming – thank you ?

  4. Wow just found your list ! I rely on recommendations from my sister in laws telephone calls . Cant wait to get started! Thankyou

  5. Wow just found your list ! I rely on recommendations from my sister in laws telephone Thankyou for sharing these

  6. Thanks for recommending – The Heart’s Invisible Furies, so enjoyable I bought half a
    dozen copies for close friends. I think you might enjoy – This is Happiness by Niall Williams
    which has the same wit and poignancy as THIF.

  7. So glad I found your site. This book is one of seven of your recommended books that I absolutely loved. Quite a simple, language style, at times shocking, moving and amusing. A full life story, immersive and in a small way similar to Any Human Heart. Wonderful!

    1. Thank you for all your comments. I’ve been a bit lax about adding new books recently. I will put some more up. Sophie

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