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Mountstuart's sorry tale is also the story of a British way of life in inexorable decline, as his journey takes in the Bloomsbury set, the General Strike, the Spanish Civil War, 1930s Americans in Paris, wartime espionage, New York avant garde art, even the Baader-Meinhof gang--all with a stellar supporting cast. The most sustained and best moment comes mid-book, as Mountstuart gets caught up in one of Britain's murkier wartime secrets, in the company of the here truly despicable Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Elsewhere author William Boyd occasionally misplaces his tongue too obviously in his cheek--the Wall Street Crash is trailed with truly crashing inelegance--but overall Any Human Heart is a witty, inventive and ultimately moving novel. Boyd succeeds in conjuring not only a compelling 20th century but also, in the hapless Logan Mountstuart, an anti-hero who achieves something approaching passive greatness. --Alan Stewart, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I found Any Human Heart to be a very well written, engaging book.
A person may choose to enjoy the good times, seek out happiness wherever possible, and live life to the fullest or sit back passively and just endure whatever happens.
I got lost in the story almost from page one and by the time I reached the end I really KNEW Logan Mountstuart.
William Boyd is a wonderful writer and this novel, presented as a journal, is completely believable as we watch the journal writer age and grow and change (or not! Read morePublished 2 days ago by Valeda Ann Chapman
Very interesting bio as I am 80 yrs. old. WW11 consumed my childhood and I lived in Scotland during 1980's so I like reading about both the War and U.K.Published 26 days ago by Kindle Customer
Just fantastic. I really enjoyed it, and I think it makes W B my favorit writer.Published 1 month ago by Jytte Roejkjaer
Beautifully written with an interesting Anthony Powell style.Published 1 month ago by Maurice Fordham
Charting the life of a man through seminal events of the 20th century and spanning Europe and America, this is a fascinating tale. Read morePublished 2 months ago by F21
Each of his novels are unique that I never tire of reading him. Several passages in the book were quite profound, from one who works with older adults. Read morePublished 3 months ago by danotr8