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Consequences of the Heart [Kindle Edition]

Peter Cunningham
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A haunting, coming of age novel by the author of The Sea and the Silence.

Chud Conduit, the wild grandson of the most successful businesswoman in Monument, and Jack Santry, gentle Anglo-Irish heir to Main, the estate on the hill, are the most unlikely of friends. United by their love for Rosa, beautiful daughter of the town bookmaker, they are bound by a terrible event that flings all three adolescents from their Garden of Eden.

Chud and Jack meet again on the beaches of Normandy, where events determine the course of the rest of their lives in ways that none of them can anticipate. One wins Rosa's hand in marriage, the other her eternal affection, sealing their destinies together over six decades, tangled in a triangle of love that is stronger than social convention, beyond even law.

Consequences of the Heart is a work of powerful and sensual lyricism, effortless characterization and sparkling humor with brilliantly evoked wartime scenes.

Editorial Reviews


'Seductive, courageous and spellbinding' - Sunday Independent

'A powerful narrative' - Irish Post

'A splendidly lush, richly eloquent chronicle of two intertwined careers in a changing Ireland, and of the woman both men adore' - Independent

'Written with flair, skill, lyric energy and a wry sharp humour...the work of a storyteller at the peak of his powers' - Sunday Tribune

'A masterful, funny and moving story steeped in Irish and European history. A novel to relish'. - The Observer

'Grippingly well told, in a prose that is livened by oddly vivid detail' - Sunday Times

'Cunningham, a magician with words, has penned a vast panorama of a novel. His set-pieces trail a magnificence of grandeur, yet his prose can also glide effortlessly into the quivering recesses of the human heart'. - Melbourne Age

'A joy to read' - Irish Times

From the Author

Consequences of the Heart is a novel about love in all its wonderful manifestations. We fall in love, time and time again, sometimes literally, falling hopelessly until we find what our heart desires. But there are consequences: the path of love is broken and uneven. Often, it is not until we see one other in the light of the setting sun that we realize how truly lucky we are. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 2512 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B000H2MV8K
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Orchard Wall Publishing; 3 edition (December 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H3IOWO2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,908 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unconventional lifelong friendships May 28, 2011
On the strength of the only two Peter Cunningham novels I've read (this one and The Sea and the Silence), I have become a fan. Cunningham has written some thrillers and there are elements of a sedate literary thriller in Consequences of the Heart, but it is also a love story, a war story, and a generational story of two Irish families. Ultimately, this novel defies categorization other than to say it's a really good read.

Chud Conduit (sometimes known as Chud Church) is a bit of a cad. He has a gambling addiction, a lifelong problem with debt, and a chronic inability to keep his hands off other men's wives (and to be faithful to his own). His life in the small town of Monument, Ireland is inextricably tied with those of his childhood friends, Jack Santry and Rosa Bensey. In 1938, while they are coming of age, the three-way friendship leads Chud to the first defining moment of his life, the nature of which is slowly disclosed as the novel progresses, although the full truth is not revealed until the last page.

After spending some time in a Catholic reformatory, Chud takes a civilian job that leads to a position in the military. He rejoins Jack (who has become a colonel in the Santry family tradition of wartime service) and together they are part of the invading force on D-Day, where Jack's defining moment occurs -- one that, again, does not become clear until later in the story. Jack, Chud, and Rosa continue a difficult and evolving friendship after the war, leading Chud to commit a new life-defining act for the sake of Jack and Rosa.

I apologize for being a bit vague in that synopsis but I don't want to spoil what is quite a remarkable story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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How sensible it is to focus on the accumulation of money and to build a wall of security, thereby gaining control over your environment and ensuring perfect happiness. Only..... maybe it isn’t. My hero, Chud, the narrator of 'Consequences of the Heart' rejects official worldly wisdom and chooses love as his guiding principle. The results are often disastrous and heart rending but make him lovable and heroic in the oddest of situations. 'Consequences of the Heart' reads as truth, an accurate reflection of the way emotions disrupt the smooth running of daily life. It is also extremely funny.

Chud is one of three people forever bound by love and the tragic mystery of events at a place they named Delaware, a place shown on the beautiful cover of the book. The writing was so passionate I felt that I was living Chud's life. I hate spoilers so I can't elaborate, but there are many unexpected twists and turns until we finally learn the secret of Delaware.

Peter Cunningham is an exceptional writer, an artist and poet with a wild sense of humour. The closing scenes of 'Consequences of the Heart' are extraordinary, epic and beautiful with amazing imagery,funny and tragic at the same time. A worn out and elderly body doesn't change the inner person. Chud loves and loves and loves some more. I was riveted, right up to the last line of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing February 11, 2014
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The author writes in a highly individual style which is not always easy to follow. The reader has to work in this tale of the complex unconventional relationship of three Irish friends and their passage through life. The names of both places and people are not easy to grasp, especially as the narrator, Chud demands you pay attention to every word; even he goes by a number of names. The mood of the story changes alarmingly fast but whilst it seems I am pulling the book apart, the delicious prose overwhelmed me. Even though I had to work for my pleasure, I became totally absorbed in this book, which I rank amongst one to the most innovative and well written novels I have read in a long time. All you need to do is accept the author's style for what it is. Now I have I am heading off to read more of his writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reading it was a joy. January 3, 2014
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Peter's city Monument is the scene of yet again another epic novel, woven through generations, reading it was a joy.
Peter's ability as a wordsmith enables him build miriad pictures. He demonstrates the complexity of the characters based on his subtle understanding of the social nuances of a different changing Ireland. He shows the strengths and frailties of human nature, confirming their prejudices, generosities but always with hope.
Another triumph, well worth reading and enjoying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Pleasure July 6, 2014
I read this book some time ago and loved it. I have since read all of his. If you want a page turner, with all the emotions you can jam between two covers, this author can do it. If you have never been to Ireland Cunningham will paint you a wonderful picture of it landscapes and people. If you have been as I have many times you can he is an accurate artist too charmed with his homeland.
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More About the Author

PETER CUNNINGHAM is an award winning Irish novelist.

He is best known for the historical novels The Sea And The Silence, Tapes Of The River Delta, Consequences Of The Heart and Love In One Edition, which chronicle the lives of local families during the twentieth century, in Monument, the fictional version of Waterford in south-east Ireland, where Cunningham grew up. His novel, The Taoiseach, which was based on the life of former Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Charles J. Haughey was a controversial bestseller. Capital Sins, a satirical novel, dealt with the collapse of the Irish economy during the financial crisis that began in 2008.

Cunningham's work has attracted a significant amount of critical attention and praise. The Sea And The Silence (translated into French as La Mer Et La Silence) was awarded the Prix de l'Europe in 2013. This novel was also short-listed for the Prix des Lecteurs du Telégramme and the Prix Caillou.

Consequences Of The Heart was short-listed for the Kerry Listowel Writer's Prize. In 2011 Cunningham won the Cecil Day Lewis Bursary Award.

His fiction is distinguished by its fusing of political material with psychological realism and a lyrical sensitivity to place and people.

Peter Cunningham is a member of Aosdána, (the Irish Academy for Arts and Letters). He has judged the Glen Dimplex Literary Awards and the Bantry Festival Writer's Prize.

Under the pseudonym Peter Wilben, he has published the Joe Grace mystery thrillers series which are available in ebook for Kindle.

He is married to Carol, a Jungian analyst, with whom he has six children. He lives in County Kildare, Ireland.

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