Any Human Heart

Any Human Heart

Book - 2003
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The author of Armadillo, The Blue Afternoon and Brazzaville Beach--the novelist who has been called a "master storyteller" (Chicago Tribune) and "a gutsy writer who is good company to keep" (Time)--now gives us his most entertaining, sly and compelling novel to date, a novel that evokes the tumult, events and iconic faces of our time, as it tells the story of Logan Mountstuart--writer, lover and man of the world--through his intimate journals. Here is the "riotous and disorganized reality" of Mountstuart's eighty-five years in all their extraordinary, tragic and humorous aspects. The journals begin with his boyhood in Montevideo, Uruguay; then move to Oxford in the 1920s and the publication of his first book; then on to Paris (where he meets Joyce, Picasso, Hemingway, et al.) and to Spain where he covers the civil war. During World War II, we see him as an agent for Naval Intelligence, becoming embroiled in a murder scandal that involves the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The postwar years bring him to New York as an art dealer in the world of 1950s abstract expressionism, then on to West Africa, to London (where he has a run-in with the Baader-Meinhof Gang) and, finally, to France where, in his old age, he acquires a measure of hard-won serenity. A moving, ambitious and richly conceived novel that summons up the heroics and follies of twentieth-century life.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf :, Distributed by Random House,, 2003.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9780375414930
Branch Call Number: FIC BOYD
Characteristics: ix, 498 pages ; 25 cm


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Jan 26, 2019

Incredibly well done, i’m so glad I found out about this book. Definitely is one of my favourite books. Boyd is an excellent storyteller. Highly recommend !!

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

Jun 01, 2016

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

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!

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:

Jun 22, 2013

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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

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.

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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