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The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Heart's Invisible Furies | John Boyne
Cyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least thats what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isnt 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 ten, 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.
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BookMaven9
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟How can I love a book more than this! It‘s been so long since I‘ve read an epic family saga and this just nails it! The ups and downs of life as a young gay man navigates his life through the oppressive years of Ireland that is ruled under the Catholic Church and bigotry up to current day. I can‘t believe I am no longer having this beauties in my life. ♥️

marleed Tia is among my all time favorite books! 2mo
BookMaven9 He‘s is an exceptional writer 2mo
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Ast_Arslan
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#manicmonday #LetterH @CBee

📚 (the) Heart's invisible furies - John Boyne
👤 H.P. Lovecraft
🎬 Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets
👨‍🎤 Him
🎤 Helena - My Chemical Romance

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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📚 tagged!
📚 Kristy Woodson Harvey
📚 Halsey 🎶
📚 Heat Waves

#ManicMonday
#LetterH

LeeRHarry Halsey - good choice 😊 2mo
CBee Thanks for playing 😊😊 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LeeRHarry thank you!! 🎤 🎶 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CBee I forgot movie 🎥 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2mo
kspenmoll Your book! 💕💕💕 2mo
CBee @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks no worries 😉 2mo
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Deblovestoread
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📚 Tagged, Home (Marilynne Robinson), Homegoing (Yaa Gyasi), The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)
🖋 Hosseini, Khalid, Herbert, Frank
🎞 Harry Potter and Hocus Pocus
🎤 George Harrison
🎶 Happy Birthday (Concrete Blonde) Hey Ya (Outkast) Hate Me (Blue October) Heart‘s Content (Brandi Carlile)

#manicmonday #LetterH @CBee

CBee Great answers!!! 😍 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great choices!! 2mo
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Becker
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I‘m re-reading this for book club and it‘s totally worthy of re-reading. 🥰

marleed Yes it is! 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Ireland 🇮🇪 is on my bucket list!! I would bring the tagged book, some thrillers, and a travel guide!!

#Two4Tuesday

Want to play @thereadingpal @AprilMae @tracey38

TheSpineView Ireland would be a fabulous destination! Thanks for playing 3mo
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Leftcoastzen
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#ArtfulAugust #FavBOTM Well , this listing gets the *
Just because I adore this book & it was a Book of The Month selection in 2017 before I was a member. I have many selections stacked up on the TBR , but I would say my fave during my membership is Kristin Hannah‘s The Four Winds a detailed historical fiction about a family facing the extreme effects of the Dust Bowl.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved Cyril 💙📚 3mo
Leftcoastzen @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks me too ! Such a great story with great characters. 3mo
Eggs ❤️📚💙 3mo
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BarbaraBB
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#AlphabetGame Letter H

This book made me laugh and cry and loving every page. It also reminds me of great Litsy times when everyone was reading this and raving about it!

TrishB I also got everyone in work to read it!! 4mo
Ast_Arslan That's one of my all time fav ❤️❤️ 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh I love Cyril 💙 4mo
Suet624 💕💕 4mo
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Cinfhen
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#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
The book that started my author obsession with John Boyne

Cinfhen Thanks for the tag @Allylu 💜 4mo
BarbaraBB I chose this one too! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I LOVED this one!! 4mo
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Deblovestoread I went with A History of Loneliness because I always post Heart‘s for these things. 😁 4mo
kspenmoll Great choice!!! Loved loved this book- laughed & cried! 4mo
Megabooks Such a great book! 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Yes, a great read! ❤️ 4mo
Cinfhen This was an easy choice but History of Loneliness is a great alternative @Kdgordon88 4mo
Cinfhen I‘m tempted to read it again but this time on audio / have any of you tried the audiobook @erzascarletbookgasm @Megabooks @kspenmoll @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BarbaraBB @Kdgordon88 ??? 4mo
Megabooks No I have not. I‘ve stuck to print. 4mo
Deblovestoread I haven‘t but I‘d be tempted to reread on audio. 4mo
Cinfhen I‘m curious to see who does the narration @Kdgordon88 @Megabooks !!! #SoManyBooksSoLittleTime 4mo
kspenmoll @Cinfhen I read the book- wonder what it would be like in audio. 4mo
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Texreader
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Dear Jennifer, @jdiehr , this was such a sweet thoughtful gift! Thank you so much! I‘ve been wanting this book for a long time and I thought I‘d get it during Boyne‘s month for #authoramonth but I just couldn‘t squeeze it in so I kept passing on buying it even though it‘s been high on my tbr list. So I was so delighted when I opened your gift. It was a wonderful surprise! Thank you!!! #litsylove

jdiehr It's a good one! Hope you enjoy it and, again, happy birthday! 🥳 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s sooo good!! I hope you love it!! ❤️ 6mo
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DebinHawaii
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#BookMoods

There are books that have been on my shelves longer, but the ones I feel most guilty about not reading yet are these two from #BOTM that have #BeenOnShelf4Ever

I genuinely want to read them, but I just can‘t seem to get them started. It‘s even worse because they seem to be so loved by most everyone too. 📚📚📚🤦🏻‍♀️📚📚

peaknit These are two fabulous books, to be savored. They will be there when you are ready:) 6mo
JenReadsAlot Both of them are still sitting on my shelf as well! 6mo
MicheleinPhilly Same! I even started Pachinko some time ago to participate in a book club but then life intervened. 6mo
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AmyG These books will find you-when you are ready. 6mo
Sweettartlaura Go for it with the Boyle book. And stick with it, even though it‘s long. For some reason, even though I liked it, it didn‘t really open up for me until literally halfway through. And then I couldn‘t stop reading it until I was done. Just start with 1 chapter… 6mo
LeahBergen I‘ve had these same two books waiting on my shelves, too. 🙄 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You HAVE to read The Hearts Invisible Furies!!! 6mo
Eggs 📚👍🏼❤️ 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Sweettartlaura loved this one!! The first sentence 😱😳 6mo
TheBookHippie The Hearts Invisible Fluries ♥️♥️♥️one of our first Sunday reads!!! I‘m unpopular opinion on Pachinko 😩🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 6mo
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Branwen
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Pride Month: Day Seven! 🌈

Today I'm featuring a book that is ALSO featured in my adult book rec video for the week! This story is so heartfelt, emotional, and poignant. It's one that I have loved ever since I first read it! 💜

YA Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1D3hxE8_s4&t=1s

Adult Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilqlibK1RNk&t=48s

#pridemonth #queerbooks #lgbtq

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DrexEdit
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Mehso-so

I am so far behind in posting reviews! Just reading like a fiend + life getting thrown in my face = not. enough. time. sigh.

I did finish this book in April the #AuthorAMonth author for April. I had been warned that it was a really good book and that I would need a box of kleenexes. I didn't. I found it more melodramatic than dramatic with sparse detail given it was supposed to be an historical novel. ⬇

@Soubhiville

DrexEdit I did finish the whole thing, even though it was a chunky 580 pages. So I guess it's a soft pick/so-so for me. It was pretty good, but I didn't find it overwhelming. I'm glad I tried a book by this author. I don't think I'll continue with him unless someone knows that one of his other books is totally worth the time. 7mo
Ruthiella I didn‘t love this either. But I want to give him another chance. 7mo
DrexEdit @Ruthiella I'm hoping he's got a short book out there! ☺️ 7mo
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KatieDid927
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Panpan

This might be my most unpopular opinion yet, but I did not enjoy this at all. This was my second Boyne, and it‘s definitely my last. I didn‘t connect to the characters, I found it tedious and implausible. Boyne‘s style just does not resonate with me in the slightest. But! I‘m thankful for the #AuthorAMonth challenge as this has been sitting on my shelf for years, and I finally had an excuse to read it. @Soubhiville

Soubhiville Sorry you didn‘t like it, but glad it‘s off your TBR! 7mo
CarolynM I agree with you. 7mo
KatieDid927 @CarolynM Glad I‘m not alone! 7mo
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KatieDid927
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1. ✔️

2. A little bit, insomuch as I won‘t typically read, say, Elin Hilderbrand novels in autumn or Christmas/winter centric stories in summer. That kinda thing.

3. 🌷🌱

@Chrissyreadit @sprainedbrain @j9brown @wanderinglynn

#ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94

BookwormAHN Good book! 7mo
AmyG Loved this book! 7mo
wanderinglynn Thanks for the tag! 😘 7mo
MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🌷☺️📚 7mo
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DHill
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Right here. Every emotion. I feel like I need to read this again right away so I can properly sort what I just read. Like once was not enough to get it all inside my heart.

#AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

Soubhiville Yes! I loved this one too. 7mo
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DHill
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Starting this now for #AuthorAMonth

BiblioLitten I really enjoyed this one. 8mo
Deblovestoread I love this book so much. My first Boyne and still my favorite so far. 8mo
Leftcoastzen I loved this book! 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this one!! 8mo
Megabooks It is awesome!! Enjoy! 8mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Pickpick

I‘ve had this book on my TBR for years and I‘m glad #AuthorAMonth2022 finally got me to read it. Every emotion was contained in this book and I easily give it five stars. #AwesomeApril book 2/6.

Soubhiville I‘m glad you liked it as much as I did. 😊 8mo
DavidDiamond One of my all time favorites! 8mo
Andrew65 Sounds great 👏👏👏 8mo
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sailu112
Pickpick

One of the most intense and intriguing stories I have ever read. This is definitely an interesting narration spanning from when the baby was in the womb to his end. I especially love how his mom‘s life has changed during the whole book as well

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Megabooks
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Ice storm day 100, but at least I had a good reread!

Once again, easily a 5⭐️ book. Boyne captures beautifully the arc of Cyril Avery‘s life. Born in 1945, he is adopted by eccentric, wealthy parents. Gay before it was talked about in Ireland, Cyril develops a crush on his best friend. Friends, family, and lovers come in and out of his life as the book checks in every 7 years until he is 70. He is a man who led a typical yet extraordinary life.

BarbaraBB That picture is so beautiful. And I‘m happy your reread was just as satisfying as the first read. 10mo
Bookwormjillk This has been in my TBR forever. I need to get to it soon. 10mo
Cinfhen So glad the book delivers on a re-read!!! 10mo
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Megabooks @BarbaraBB thanks! It really was. I read it back in 2017, and it floored me. I felt every bit as strongly this time! 10mo
Megabooks @Bookwormjillk yes, definitely! I highly, highly recommend it. 10mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen it 💯 did! 10mo
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candority
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Ready for another month of #BookSpinBingo although I haven‘t read my #DoubleSpin pick for January yet 🙈

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 10mo
paperwitchs 😍😍 10mo
Suet624 Some great reads here. 10mo
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Megabooks
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The snow has melted, hopefully my icy heart has melted, and hopefully this will warrant 5⭐️ again, as it did in 2017. 🤞🏻

BarbaraBB That seems a good choice after A Little Life! 10mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I think it will be. I‘m going to finish a short story book first though. 10mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“Long before we discovered that he had fathered two children by two different women ... Father James Monroe stood on the altar of the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, in the parish of Goleen, West Cork, and denounced my mother as a whore.”

#2 “I like to think I know what death is. I like to think that it is something I could look at straight.” From Sing, Unburied,Sing

@TheSpineView @Eggs @Elizabeth2 @EadieB @Crazeedi @DarkMina

kspenmoll Invisible Furies! 💕💕💕 10mo
TheSpineView Thanks for the tag! 10mo
Ncostell The first line of The Heart‘s Invisible Furies is one of the most memorable first lines I‘ve ever read. (edited) 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Ncostell yes!! This book was awesome! 10mo
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Chessy777
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How brilliantly funny and sad was this. Absolutely loved it!

Leftcoastzen It‘s so good! 10mo
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂
Check out #LitsyEvents for a varied listing of fun-related happenings within this neighborhood of fellow readers.🤗
6mo
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Ast_Arslan
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#Sundaysoapbox @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

📚 The tagged one!
📚 A ladder to the sky - John Boyne
📚 Salem's Lot - Stephen King
📚 It - Stephen King
📚 Beautiful Malice - Rebecca James
📚 The 2nd coming - John Niven
📚 Dracula - Bram Stoker

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have the first one on my shelf! Thank you for playing! 📚🙌🏻 11mo
Ast_Arslan @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks you mean the tagged one? It's one of my fav of all times, absolutely superb ❤❤ 11mo
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jspoelker
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Mehso-so

This is a great story that starts and ends in a complete ⭕️. However, it is a long story that could be enjoyed by skipping parts… it‘s quite long. I can definitely imagine this as a movie akin to The Goldfinch. I love the exploration of the gay man growing up in the 50‘s through modern times being able to glimpse from a European and US first person POV the social changes in each decade including the aids crisis. It‘s a well told story for sure.

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CBee
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#12booksof2021 #March
Oh, this book ♥️♥️♥️ John Boyne is another favorite of mine now, thanks to Litsy 😊😊
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Love John Boyne but yet to read this. 11mo
CBee @Andrew65 it‘s amazing!! One of my favorites this year. 11mo
Andrew65 @CBee So much love for this book. 11mo
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Crazeedi I haven't read many of his but I did read this one 11mo
CBee @Crazeedi the only other one I‘ve read is A Ladder to the Sky, also excellent 👍🏻 11mo
Crazeedi @CBee I have boy in striped pajamas on my shelf, unread as of now, need to focus on my physical books this year! 11mo
CBee @Crazeedi 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 11mo
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Ast_Arslan
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My life in a picture 😂

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ItsAnotherJen
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Pickpick

I had high expectations for this book. I've heard from many who say this is one of their most favorite books of all time. So I was disappointed at how the first half was. So sad. Such terrible things happened. But with such surprisingly funny lines sprinkled throughout. As the story continues to unfold, those funny moments increase. I really did enjoy the writing and how things ended up.
⭐⭐⭐⭐

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ItsAnotherJen
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Trashcanman Beautiful. 12mo
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taykdatilio
Pickpick

Loved!

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Anna40
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Pickpick

It is a pick, but just barely. I liked it, didn‘t love it and there is a lot to love about this book: the writing, the wit. However, the story progressed too slowly for me and the humour seemed a bit forced at times. I wish he had developed the character of Catherine Goggin more. I LOVED her and the first pages of the book. But fair enough - that‘s not the story Boyne wanted to tell.

MrsMalaprop I liked but didn‘t love this one. I remember thinking there were too many coincidences, but then someone told me he was doing it on purpose to emulate another author (can‘t recall who 🤔). 12mo
Anna40 @MrsMalaprop maybe Dickens? 12mo
CarolynM I'm also in the like rather than love camp, although in my case I liked the second half a lot more than the first. I agree with @MrsMalaprop about the coincidences🙄 12mo
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MrsMalaprop John Irving maybe? Which is pretty funny given I am reading my first Irving right now! 12mo
Anna40 @MrsMalaprop yes, that could be! He mentions that Irving is one of his favourite writers in an interview in the Guardian. 12mo
Anna40 @MrsMalaprop @CarolynM I didn‘t mind the coincidences. There were a few things about the book that just didn‘t make it great for me, but I can see why so many people love it. 12mo
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andrew61
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The story of Cyril avery from 1945 when his 16 yr old mother is hauled out of her pew by a priest + publicly humiliated as a whore in mass, through to hid final days had me at times laughing out loud to blubbing + wiping my eyes. A wonderful book that highlights the hypocrisy of religion, the definition of love,+ the fragility of humanity. I cld talk abt it for days 5*.
#Blackjack21 #booked2021 @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft

BarbaraTheBibliophage I loved this book so much. Boyne is a master! 12mo
Cinfhen Great choice! Such an amazing book. 12mo
Anna40 Beautiful review 12mo
Centique I loved this too! 12mo
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emilyywashere
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“Maybe there were no villains in my mother‘s story at all. Just men and women, trying to do their best by each other. And failing.”

kspenmoll This book❤️💜🤍 14mo
marleed It‘s everything! 14mo
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Kangaj1
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Running errands and stumbled across a library book sale set up outside right before a rainstorm. I rescued these beauties for $7!

DrexEdit Very nice haul! It's good you could be there to rescue a few books from the rain. 😄 I think I almost picked up that copy (or a copy) of the John Boyne book. lol! 1y
Kangaj1 @DrexEdit I was shocked at how many newer fiction titles I saw there! 1y
DrexEdit @Kangaj1 Same! I was expecting more used library books because my husband (who works at the library) said they had been weeding the shelves pretty seriously. I picked up a couple of books that looked brand new! I guess the library has secret sources! 😄 1y
Tamra Score! 1y
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Jeg
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Pickpick

This was a book club read and I really enjoyed the read and the discussion . Very interesting . Very different to the other book of his I have read The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas. #joysbooks2021

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TheLudicReader
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Well, the praise for this novel is certainly deserved. It follows Cyril Avery from birth to his final years and is a sprawling, funny, deeply moving novel about politics, family (both biological and found), friendship, loyalty, literature…I really, really enjoyed it.

Megabooks I still remember Julian‘s death so well even after 4 years. That complicated friendship between Cyril and Julian was just so well written!! 1y
Leftcoastzen Such a great book ! 1y
AmyG One of my favorites! 1y
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HeathHof
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Pickpick

This book knocked my 🧦off! So, so, so good 💙 This will definitely be a contender for my favorite book read this year. I will be thinking about this one for awhile and look forwarding to reading more by the Author.
It's on the longer side so it took me a few weeks of bedtime kindle reading to finish and qualifies for the #readinbed prompt for @lauram #summer2021 giveaway.

Megabooks Such a great book! One of my favs from 2017! 1y
BookBelle84 My all time fave! 1y
Amiable Love this book! 1y
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staci.reads It's one of the best! 1y
Lauram Congrats! Participation was low in my summer contest, so I‘m going to send packages to you and the one other regular Litsy participant. Yay! Send your mailing address to lmelgun@gmail.com and make sure your TBR list is updated. 😊 Have a good week! 1y
HeathHof @lauram Yay! Thank you! These were fun prompts. Thanks for hosting this. I'll email you shortly 😊 1y
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LisaLovesToRead
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Pickpick

Wow! This book is amazing!

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Tattooedteacher
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I found a four leaf clover this morning and it‘s my first one ever! 🍀. I picked it and put it between parchment paper in the tagged book.

“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.” Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men
#thinkpositivebepositive

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So true!! 🍀 1y
erzascarletbookgasm How lovely! 💚 1y
marleed Oh cool! 1y
Ruthiella 🍀 Next time you see a rainbow 🌈, you know what to do! 😂💰💎(no pot of gold emoji) (edited) 1y
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Ast_Arslan
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Eggs Beautiful 🌳💚🌲 1y
Ast_Arslan @Eggs thanks 💚💚🎋 1y
JazzFeathers Il Signore degli Anelli è sempre una buona idea 😊 1y
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Ast_Arslan @JazzFeathers non uccidermi... ma è ancora in TBR 😅😅 1y
JazzFeathers @Ast_Arslan Vabbeh, ti perdono. Ma solo perché sei tu ☝️😏 1y
Ast_Arslan @JazzFeathers prometto di recuperare 😅😆 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Love this #pink book and Cyril 💙 #CuriousCovers

Opening sentence!

“Long before we discovered that he had fathered two children by two different women ... Father James Monroe stood on the altar of the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, in the parish of Goleen, West Cork, and denounced my mother as a whore.”

Eggs 💖🌸💗 1y
Leftcoastzen Absolutely an all time favorite of mine. 1y
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cdreincarnate
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Pickpick

This book is so good! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I can‘t say enough good things about it. It‘s not fast paced, but I did find myself entranced by the whole thing, from the very beginning to the very end. It‘s so well written, and the audiobook narrator is excellent!

Leftcoastzen One of the best I‘ve read in the last few years 2y
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FelinesAndFelonies
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Pickpick

"Maybe there were no villains in my mother's story at all. Just men and women, trying to do their best by each other. And failing."

⭐⭐⭐⭐? This was an incredibly moving book. I am glad I finally picked it up. The author did a fabulous job braiding together all of the characters he introduced. Intimately witnessing Cyril's evolution as a human being from selfish child to generative adult was so humbling. ?

FelinesAndFelonies What a comment on society, family, religion, love, success. The ending made me cry. The only thing preventing this book from being 5 stars was the terrible job the author did at structuring the language of children stated to be 7-10 years old. I have to take half a star for it. 2y
Trashcanman Everyone's like a shiny thing. 2y
FelinesAndFelonies “If there is one thing I've learned in more than seven decades of life, it's that the world is a completely fucked-up place. You never know what's around the corner and it's often something unpleasant.” 2y
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TheAromaofBooks Great review!!! And I totally agree about authors making young children's conversation completely unrealistic. Sometimes I wonder if they have ever actually talked to a child...??? 2y
FelinesAndFelonies @TheAromaofBooks exactly. I looked up his biography and he doesn't have children... But surely he most know some? Anyway, other than that cramp at the beginning, it was stunning. 2y
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FelinesAndFelonies
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Everyone raves about the tagged book. I picked it up as my chunky book for this month. I'm on page 105 & enjoying the story BUT.... The dialogue is killing me! I have 8 kids. 7-8-9-11-12-13-14 & 18.
I MIGHT be able to imagine my 14 or 18 year olds engaging in this type of dialogue & banter; but, there is NO F-ING WAY my younger kids could.
Did anyone else find the dialogue attributed to the boys by the author ridiculous? Does it get better?

Trashcanman Wow 8? I thought my 3 was too many. 🤗🤗❤ 2y
FelinesAndFelonies @Trashcanman Once there are more than 2 it's all the same. As soon as we got outnumbered, we were just managing chaos. It was way worse when they were smaller. 2y
Trashcanman @FelinesAndFelonies that's a good point. Well, I bet its never boring. 2y
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Prairiegirl_reading I don‘t remember thinking that but he is the adopted child of a writer and wasn‘t around that many children at that age. No matter, it does get better. I loved that book! 2y
CarolynM That really annoyed me when I read it too. I didn't much like the book at all until about half way through. I never loved it. (edited) 2y
MsMelissa This is one reason I avoid books narrated by or featuring the perspectives of children. I‘m always left with the impression that they come across as much too old/mature for their supposed age(s). 2y
FelinesAndFelonies @MsMelissa I don't think I expected it to be first person. It isn't just Cyril that is too matured. Julian is too. Does this man have any previous exposure to children?! 2y
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TheEllieMo
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join the fun if you want.
This is day 157
#BooksToRead #TBRPile #TBRMountain

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CaitlinR
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What a story! The Irish, in all their glory and absurd contradictions as seen through the eyes of Cyril (“not a real”) Avery. The novel is dedicated to John Irving and Cyril reminds me of Owen Meany. Wickedly funny, except when it isn‘t. Our adventure begins with the denunciation of a young pregnant girl in 1945 (Shame) carries us through the AIDS plague years in NY (Exile) bringing us full circle back to Dublin (Peace). Joins my best of the year

Ruthiella In its mix of humor and tragedy I was also reminded of John Irving! The dedication makes sense. 2y
Chelsea.Poole Love this! 2y
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Allietaylor16
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I was so excited when I saw that this was my #bookspin for April. I‘ve reread certain sections multiple times, but this was only my second time reading it all the way through. I cannot adequately express how much I love this novel. I‘ve never laughed out loud and cried so many times while reading a book. Cyril Avery has become one of my favorite literary characters of all time.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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nanuska_153
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Starts with a 16 year old pregnant girl being called whore by the priest during mass and thrown out of the village.Her baby will be Cyril,we follow his life as a "gay homosexual"(??)from his childhood in the 50s until the referendum legalising the homosexual marriage in Ireland(still have my badge♥️?)seeing the evolution of Cyril and the Irish society.Heartbreaking but also truly funny!I live in Dublin,so loved to walk it with my imagination?

nanuska_153 It's a pity I read the dedication to John Irving, because (unpopular opinion) I found The World According to Garp so mysoginistic that the mere mention of his name always makes me deeply uncomfortable.It made me worry for a while that the jokes would end up in some very insulting conclusion and didn't let me fully enjoy the book for a while, but fortunately it wasn't the case. So if you feel the same way about Irving, you have nothing to worry! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks One of my favorites!! 2y
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nanuska_153
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Poor Cyril is such an innocent soul 😂 he never understands what people are talking about, while feeling at the same time that because he is a gay he is a pervert. It's at the same time hilarious and heartbreaking

nanuska_153 @Milara oh, he really doesn't have a problem, he is innocent not only in the sense that he is not judgemental once he understands what she is talking about, but also because while living in the 1960's Catholic Ireland, when they talk about a fallen woman his first instinct is thinking she could have hurt herself 2y
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