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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.
Beautifully imagined tale of an adventurous and talented but ultimately middling writer named Logan Mountstuart, told via the intermittent entries in a lifelong journal. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Nichols
I'm a huge William Boyd fan and this is my favorite book of his by far. This is a great read that made me examine my own life and those in my circle. Read morePublished 1 month ago by vocalease
This author impressed with 'Restless' so I decided to try
'Any Human Heart'. After about 50 pages I was numbed
Into a stupor. Read more
An extraordinary tour de force; imaginative, realistic and original. Any Human Heart is a fictional autobiography, an innovative and seldom
encountered genre. Read more
I first came across Any Human Heart on PBS. A friend recommended this book to me without me realizing I had seen the whole series on TV. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sammie in Kirkland
An intriguing story! Much to chew on, not least is the desire to check out the events described with historical evidence. A masterful analysis of a man's life and worth.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer