Any Human Heart

Any Human Heart

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Every life is both ordinary and extraordinary, but Logan Mountstuart's - lived from the beginning to the end of the twentieth century - contains more than its fair share of both. As a writer who finds inspiration with Hemingway in Paris and Virginia Woolf in London, as a spy recruited by Ian Fleming and betrayed in the war and as an art-dealer in '60s New York, Logan mixes with the movers and shakers of his times. But as a son, friend, lover and husband, he makes the same mistakes we all do in our search for happiness. Here, then, is the story of a life lived to the full - and a journey deep into a very human heart.
Publisher: London : Hamish Hamilton, 2002.
ISBN: 9780141044170
9780241141779
024114177X
Branch Call Number: BOY
Characteristics: 503 p.

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A male fantasy. Though some of his experiences were interesting his obsession with sex and the fabricated desire of a 17-year old for him at the age of nearly 60 - was tiresome and predictable. It would have been more interesting if he had examined his life, especially after the crises when he found out his wife and daughter had been killed, and the end of his 3rd marriage. I don't understand how so many people liked it

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Dub
Jun 01, 2016

So well done...an epic life lived. Boyd is a storyteller and that is as good as it gets. Highly recommended.

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EmilyEm
Oct 07, 2015

...(Author) has been called a "master storyteller" (Chicago Tribune) and "a gutsy writer who is good company to keep" (Time) -- now gives…a novel that evokes the tumult, events and iconic faces of our time, as it tells the story of Logan Mountstuart …through his intimate journals. One of my favorite books of the year!

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671books
Jun 07, 2014

Loved this book. Loved reading about the history of Logan Mountstuart and his life. Once I started, I couldn't put this book down. You can read my full review here:

http://www.671books.net/fiction/any-human-heart/

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kenkrum
Jun 22, 2013

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santiano9
Mar 31, 2013

Excellent read! The story of a man growing up between the wars in Britain and told from the various perspectives of various ages in his life. From hobnobbing with the Prince of Wales to having to eat dogfood in a basement flat in London – a great great read. LIked it so much I went online and discovered they had made a three part BBC show on it, downloaded it and was not disappointed.10/10

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uncommonreader
May 01, 2012

This is the story of Logan Mountstuart, born 1906, whose life intersects with the major events of the 20ieth century. It has been filmed and shown on PBS. Not that insightful.

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e_long
Oct 11, 2011

I really enjoyed this. It's a big one, but well worth the read--it goes fairly quickly. At times, it feels a bit melodramatic--but the narrator comes across as a real person. Flawed, but never wanting to give up or in (at least, not for long). He's a scum bag at times--but a likable scum bag.

debwalker Feb 09, 2011

Beginning Sunday, February 13, 2011, PBS Masterpiece is airing, in three 90-minute parts, an adaptation of Any Human Heart by William Boyd. The story follows the life of Logan Mountstuart, "a writer, lover, art dealer, and spy living by his wits in the tumultuous 20th century." Cast includes Matthew Macfadyen (Pride & Prejudice, Little Dorrit), Gillian Anderson (Bleak House, The X Files) and Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City, My Boy Jack).

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