Any Human Heart

Any Human Heart

by William Boyd
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Any Human Heart 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
llamamia More than 1 year ago
As an avid reader, I cannot believe that I haven't heard of Boyd before. Interesting enough,I discovered him through another author, Tom Rachman (The Imperfectionists) who recommended him. Any Human Heart is a very ambitious work that combines historic characters (& actual events) with a fictitious minor writer of the twentieth century. In fact, Logan Mountstuart, the protagonist, seemed so real, I spent time trying to establish if he actually did exist. I also found the title very thought provoking & again did research on the quote from Henry James, hoping to discover the true meaning. Any author who can stimulate the mind & challenge his audience to this extent is well worth pursuing. I look forward to reading some of his earlier works as well as his very recent novel, "Ordinary Thunderstorms.
Morning-Star More than 1 year ago
Logan Mountstuart reveals a heavy load of sagacious episodic data of personal life. From a young, arrogant, driven boy to a man of heart, searching for simplistic beauty, Logan finds himself intoxicated with perverseness, lasting friendships, tragedy, and demoralization. Heavily encapsulated in a European tour, other historical and geographical surprises await. Seeking deeper inside this semi-troubled, lonely man, there emerges one of us; a being yearning for love. Countless names and characters are introduced throughout his journal, with only a select few that carries through with him till the end. Any Human Heart exposes the human being that we all are; wanting to love and be loved. We just act upon and seek upon in our own ways. Great character, very enjoyable book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At the time I picked up this book at the store, I was going through what I call a 'reading slump.' I could not find a book that would hold my attantion beyond the first chapter. This book definitely changed that around. I was instantly attached to Logan Mounstuart and his journey through the twentieth century. It was sometimes hard to believe that he is a fictional character! I had never heard of this author before, but I am definitely going to pick up another one of his books soon.
CandyNY More than 1 year ago
Saw this as a miniseries on Masterpiece Classics and loved it. It is the fictional journals of an English writer and his life in the 20th century. I have enjoyed the rich details and beautiful language as much as the well developed plot. Some might find this to be too detailed but I'm drawn to the everyday musings as he makes his way through life, good decisions and bad, good relationships and bad, happiness and losses. Boyd paints a picture of upper class English life that is fascinating and feels true.Can't wait to read my way through Boyd's other novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good read. Lots of name dropping, but plausible given the milieu. I enjoyed the writing style, and it seemed to fit the premise of a writer keeping a journal. The narrative set pieces were generally compelling, but I was annoyed by the gaps being glossed over. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not care for this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I watched the movie first, and it was interesting to compare
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I actually saw the film adaptation on PBS before I read the book. Usually ruins it, didn't. An incredibly facinating character study. The auther builds a character with a full measure of flaws and foibles as he stumbles through just about every major event of the 20th century. Almost too fantastic to be real but a little Forrest Gumpish. We end up believing because it's so believable. Reads, at times, like a bad horror movie as we watch him stumble, alone, into the darkened room knowing nothing good will come of that, and nothing does. He's just a little too clever to feel sorry for but a little innocent to hate...pretty much like people. You really should read this book. If you don't want to wait for it at the library and have a nook, I'll lend it to you.
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Michele Gardner More than 1 year ago
one of the best books I have ever read. I kept checking the cover to make sure it was fiction because I swore it was a biographhy it seemed so real. highly recommended.
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