The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved this book, despite its bagginess, despite its outrageous coincidences.
The book has a heart and human warmth to it that envelopes everything without being cloying. It pulls off this trick in part due to the sharpness of the digs at a hypocrisy and bigotry, in Ireland in particular, but generally too. More though, the witty dialogue and broad but astute characterisations ensure that both the heartrending tragedies and feelgood factors are heightened and acutely felt, rather then feeling forced.
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