This book is a sort of a different read for me. Yes it was something unique from all the other books that I read. This is a book about Cyril, the protagonist who is a homosexual in Ireland. The story begins from 1945 where Mrs.Goggins, Cyril's mother is thrown out of the church and ends in 2015. This explains the length of the book indeed (713 pages). It describes more about Ireland and the lifestyle change of people there way from older days to today. I really was able to discover lots of new ideas from the book. It gave my mind a more broad view on different parts of the world and stuffs. The entire life of Cyril from scratch made me realize that the world is really huge and means more than what we knew. It was really a wonderful experience reading this book. Although it didn't go well for me at first, the subsequent parts where really interesting. The narration was good and kept going smoothly. There were lots of varied characters and yes it requires your effort in keeping track of them. Each people in the books had their own thoughts yet everyone was justified and that is what I like the most of this book. The relationship between Cyril and Alice was my favourite especially specially towards the end. The book was so hilarious and I kept laughing at many places. It was also moving at the same time with lots of loses and sadness happening. It is a book where one could really understand so many things and will love it. I really liked it on the whole.
A masterpiece, it is. Humorous, beautifully written and achingly sad. It's well built characters never fail to stir the strings in your heart. The protagonist's story becomes yours and when that happens, you know the book's one of favorites.