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The last post I wrote was way back on 16th November.  I think you will all agree that last year was a bit rubbish.  I just haven’t been able to get myself into some sort of a routine.  I start with lots of good intentions but they just seem to fall by the wayside after a couple of days.

I haven’t managed to keep up my regular walking or bike riding having only done so occasionally.  I started 2021with great intentions but again I have fallen off.  We are almost at the end of January so I thought it really was about time I got back into doing some blog posts.

I have updated my reading challenge for last year.  I didn’t manage to complete my challenge but have set myself a new challenge for this year.  You can check it out here.

I have read some terrific books already this year but one that I really enjoyed was The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John BoyneThis book was lent to me by a friend so not one from my bookshelves.

The first paragraph of the book had me instantly hooked.

“Long before we discovered that he had fathered two children by two different women, one in Drimoleague and one in Clonakilty, 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.”j

“Forced to flee the scandal brewing in her hometown, Catherine Goggin finds herself pregnant and alone, in search of a new life at just sixteen. She knows she has no choice but to believe that the nun she entrusts her child to will find him a better life.

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or so his parents are constantly reminding him. Adopted as a baby, he’s never quite felt at home with the family that treats him more as a curious pet than a son. But it is all he has ever known.

And so begins one man’s desperate search to find his place in the world. Cyril is a misguided, heart-breaking, heartbroken fool. Buffeted by the harsh winds of circumstance towards the one thing that might save him from himself, but when opportunity knocks, will he have the courage to finally take it?” (Book blurb)

“So much ground is covered here – the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church denouncing and banishing a young pregnant girl by the priest who should not throw stones as he himself has fathered illegitimate children, the Church’s hold in Ireland, the prejudice and injustice against gay people not just from the church but most of society. Spanning 70 years and highlighting historical events over time and place – from the IRA violence in Dublin to New York City and the AIDS epidemic to Amsterdam back to Dublin, the story is epic. But mostly it is one man’s journey in his struggle to be who he is in times when it doesn’t seem possible and mostly his unwavering and amazing capacity to love in spite of everything.”(Goodreads)

I highly recommend this family saga.

Other January reads are:

A mix of genres but each one an enjoyable read.  Prue Leith is my new author this month.  I will post about the book later.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. This is something which is just all too real. Those who have fought both loudly and quietly are being heard but oh so slowly. At the back of my head is the question “How many other lives have been decimated in other countries? Will their voices be ever heard?” . Thank you for the book review.

    1. suth2 says:

      Thank you for your comment. The book is certainly worth checking out. One of the best I have read in a long time.

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