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Beautiful Diary of Logan Mountstuart
on July 17, 2017
I really enjoyed reading the diary of Logan Mountstuart, a most fascinating character created by this author, and one who retains a Zelig-type quality to his very full life. Throughout his action-paced, tragic life he rubs shoulders with literary glitterati and art-world denizens such as Pablo Picasso, Virginia Woolf, Frank O'Hara, Nat Tate, and Ernest Hemingway, suffers a 2-year prison sentence in Switzerland during World War 2 where he's essentially a spy, runs an art gallery in New York, marries several times and loses both of his children at young ages, sides with a radical political group, and writes several books, all while living in London, Algeria, Manhattan, and rural France. I honestly felt as though I was reading a true diary, one that kept my rapt attention at all times. Kudos to author William Boyd for pulling this off!