Thursday Quotables

Thursday Quotables, hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, highlights great quotes, lines, or passages discovered during the reading week. I’m excited to join this feature, as I’m one of those readers who is constantly pausing to find the nearest notebook or paper to copy down an amazing line!

This week, I’m featuring a few of my favourite quotes and lines from The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne. I read it quite recently, and it is easily the best book I’ve read in 2018! Don’t be intimidated by the size – it is a unique and beautiful story, told by the witty, awkward, and lovable Cyril – it’s a must-read in my opinion! Enjoy the excerpts below.

We’ll start out with my absolute favourite first line of a book EVER (pretty sure I’ve already read this line to most of my friends and family…)

hearts invisible furies.PNG“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.”

How could you not want to continue reading after that opening!?

And now for a witty little one-liner:

“What you know about women,” replied Maude, “could be written in large font on the back of a postage stamp and there’d still be room for the Lord’s Prayer.”

One more, just because I can’t get enough of Cyril:

“You look like a Greek God sent down by the immortal Zeus from Mount Olympus to taunt the rest of us inferior beings with your astonishing beauty, I said, which somehow in translation came out as “you look fine, why?”

Although I know this book will not be for everyone, I urge you to check out the synopsis on Goodreads. It was a 5+ star read for me!


If you’ve read The Heart’s Invisible Furies, let me know what you thought in the comments below! If not, I want to know which book has been your favourite read so far this year.

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