Rating – 5/5 stars
Date Finished – October 5, 2017
88/120 in 2017
Publication Date – September 26, 2017
In The World According to Garp (John Irving), one of the characters points out that there is a fine line between lunacy and sorrow, between comedy and tragedy. In fact, that’s what the whole book is about – the thin line between laughing and crying. The more books I read, the more I see that all my favorites have one thing in common: they play jump rope with that line.
The Heart’s Invisible Furies is the life story of Cyril Avery – a man born in Ireland to an unwed mother who gave him up for adoption. The novel follows his life from the moment he enters the world. In a Forrest Gump-esque collection of events, we see the world change as Cyril grows up as a gay man in a deeply repressed Irish society, then moves to Amsterdam then New York, and eventually makes his way home.
This is an incredibly moving, touching story that explores the relationship between lunacy and sorrow. You’ll laugh and cry, and you’ll learn to see the world in a new way. This is literature at its finest, and it’s why I read books.