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When you start out, you ll think you might not like this book The main character is arrogant and, well, young Brash But keep going through this fictionalized journal that keeps track of seventy years of a man s life, including his heartbreaks and strongest loves Other reviewers bash it for its Forest Gumpness, yet to me it s not all that unbelievable that an upperclass intelligence officer might have contact with influential persons during one of the world s most tempestuous and active periods in history I ve read several William Boyd titles now and he has repeatedly shown his ability to invent worlds I like inhabiting It s a good winter read, fully sad, sweet, and satisfying. Can any single human heart take in all the history of the twentieth century Any Human Heart is a story of one such heart which could hold within almost all the crucial events of this turbulent age And the story is as sorrowful and rich as was the history of the century But there is always hope.And suddenly I wonder is it of my bad luck to have been born when I was, at the beginning of this century and not be able to be young at its end I look enviously at these kids and think about the lives they are living and will live and posit a kind of future for them And then, almost immediately, I think what a futile regret that is You must live the life you have been given In sixty years time, if these boys and girls are lucky enough, they will be old men and women looking at the new generation of bright boys and girls and wishing that time had not fled by It is impossible to paint such a panoramic canvas specklessly but all inventiveness and colourfulness of the plot far outweigh all the minuscule speckles in the lush narration.We just live and history is what we leave behind us Logan Gonzago Mountstuart, Writer, Was Born In , And Died Of A Heart Attack On October Aged William Boyd S Novel Any Human Heart Is His Disjointed Autobiography, A Massive Tome Chronicling My Personal Rollercoaster Or Rather, Not So Much A Rollercoaster , But A Yo Yo, A Jerking Spinning Toy In The Hands Of A Maladroit Child From His Early Childhood In Montevideo, Son Of An English Corned Beef Executive And His Uraguayan Secretary, Through His Years At A Norfolk Public School And Oxford, Mountstuart Traces His Haphazard Development As A Writer Early And Easy Success Is Succeeded By A Long Half Century Of Mediocrity, Disappointments And Setbacks, Both Personal And Professional, Leading Him To Multiple Failed Marriages, Internment, Alcoholism, And Abject PovertyMountstuart 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, S 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 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 Th Century But Also, In The Hapless Logan Mountstuart, An Anti Hero Who Achieves Something Approaching Passive Greatness Alan Stewart, Thick, dense, and sprawling not my usual fare, I must say, but I simply could not put this book down Any Human Heart is one of those rare long novels that pulls you in and holds you tight throughout its many pages Exceptionally well written, William Boyd has a rare gift for effective and robust prose Any Human Heart has it all love, laughter, pain, torment, tears, successes and failures It s a masterpiece in every sense of the word The novel is the life story of an Englishman named Logan Mountstuart who was born at the turn of the 20th century and died close to the end of it Told through journal entries from his early childhood all the way to his dying days, the book is deeply personal and heartfelt Eighty five years on this earth, and Logan experienced enough for several lifetimes He was well educated, well traveled, and by the end of it well versed in human emotion, conflict, and fallibility His paths in life take him all over the world, to places both wondrous and dangerous Along the way he has many relationships of many different kinds with an array of people During his travels he comes into contact and rubs shoulders with some of the most famous and notorious names of the century, although he never becomes one himself Any Human Heart certainly turned out to be something unexpectedly special Regardless of what type of genres you typically enjoy, I highly recommend this tale of one man s life lived to the fullest. Britanci su snimili sjajan film snimljen po ovoj knjizi Kako to samo oni umeju da urade A na ovog autora obratite paznju, odlican je Another book I read as part of the project to revisit the 2002 Booker longlist this is another difficult one to assess and review objectively because it covers such a variety of genres and subjects.The book is the diary of a fictional writer Logan Mountstuart, and covers all parts of his long life from his last year at a minor public school in 1923 to his death in France in 1991 His life is constructed to cover some fertile fictional territory, but for me never quite coalesced into a coherent whole or left me caring much about his fate It did allow Boyd to research a number of pet interests the circumstances that inspired Ian Fleming to create James Bond, the New York art scene of the 1950s, the Spanish Civil War, conspiracy theories involving the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the Biafran war, the Baader Meinhof gang and , and parts of the book are full of encounters with real people In the final part view spoiler he ends up in rural France and ends up embroiled in a conflict between villagers and the daughter of a supposed hero of the French resistance who abused his position to remove the obstacles to personal gain, and the last third of the book has a rather melancholic elegiac tone very different to the gung ho adventurism of the first half, but I think this rather cleverly creates doubts about Mountstuart s own veracity hide spoiler I don t think I ve ever mourned the end of a character in quite the way I mourned Logan Mountstuart, tears winding down my temples as I peeled through the last pages in bed last night I don t tend to get all that emotionally invested in the things I read sentimental sure, but I typically retain that sense of fictionality yes, it was very sad when the man stopped drawing the deer but the way the main body of Any Human Heart is presented as a salvaged journal scaffolded by biographical annotation lends an air of reality that is difficult to bear in mind as a mere artistic effect.The characterisation is incredibly deft Logan is somehow by the end a completely different man from the boy he was somehow completely the same Boyd s cleverest flourishes, perhaps, are the boring mundane little interludes descriptions of lunches, the weather The end of year summaries, those caught little reflections The little pep talks, the hapless repeating adapting of information How some people disappear completely without another word on their fate How others come back and come back and come back.It s difficult to physically impossible for me to believe LMS wasn t really a real person once Spent all day at work today missing him found myself last night thinking I should track down his published fiction I ve read a lot of fantastic novels these past months and this might not be the best, but it feels the most special I feel like I learned the most about myself from it.You gotta read this book. Yeah, I rally liked this book Maybe it is even amazing.I love it because it is set in France, both in Paris and villages along the coast, NYC, London, Spain, Nigeria, Reykjavik, the Bahamas and.I love it because it captures the WHOLE life of an ordinary man It is about youth, the middle years and aging Being a child and having children It is about love, the physical attraction and the emotional one.Logan, the central character, is, a man with strong sexual needs Some may label him as immoral Sure, if he were my husband I would be hurt and furious But who am I to judge another human being Who am I to say he was bad Any Human Heart captures the 20th Century What we are reading is Logan s autobiography based on his private journals He is who he is at the same time he is aware of his own weaknesses History is wonderfully woven in Logan is NOT at the center of history s outstanding events that would be skewed He is at the fringe The book doesn t teach the history of the 1900s but it shows how that century s events intersected people s lives and it gives tantalizing bits of less well known information, all historically accurate as far as I can see There are bits about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor i.e the abdicated King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson , Axel Wenner Gren, the Baader Meinhof gang, the authors and artists of the Lost Generation, the Spanish Civil War, the Biafran War I listened to the audiobook narrated by Simon Vance Not only are his French, English and American accents impeccable, but he also captures voice changes as one ages His intonation of the aged Logan is fantastic Just fantastic French lines are not translated.But really what makes this book so special is HOW it is written It is the lines That is the ingredient that is so hard to define, but which makes or breaks a book I gave a few quotes below, but to understand how perfect they are you have to read those lines in context I loved the subtle humor I was smiling at lines that could have disgusted me, but I they didn t That is because they are spoken by Logan, and he is not me Having read this book I understand Logan and that is why I can smile I have seen the world through another s eyes A wonderful experience I am nearing the end Logan is 71 I am laughing and crying simultaneously Ohhhhhh, the poor man His diet Do I dare tell you He was looking for tinned stew with vegetables.He spotted a tin with the words plump chucklets of rabbit nestling in a rich dark gravy but on the other side it was labeled Bowser A tin of dog food on the wrong shelf He thought, If I bought six tins of Bowser, chopped up a carrot and onion and heated the whole thing in a saucepan.I might have a hearty rabbit stew that would last me a week And very tasty Bowser rabbit stew turned out to be, especially with a liberal addition of tomato ketchup and a good jolt of Worcester sauce These last components, I would say, are essential for a all dog foods in my experience Need I say he isn t doing so well financially Just wait you will also come to care for Logan Almost half left With this book I realize I don t have to love the central character or any other character to enjoy a book I like this book because of the lines, the way the author has the characters speak or express their thoughts Logan, the central character, feels utterly REAL to me His actions feel so genuine even if I don t happen to like them I like how history is told through one person s life The book has a good tempo It has humor I like how Logan travels around Europe, zigzagging between England, France and Spain, and we the readers can follow along Good stuff Also, the book is so simple to follow no time jumps, no mystery puzzles, just a plain good story A real person s life, that is how it feels. I found this book to be different, in style, to others I ve read by this author After a couple of chapters I really wasn t sure if I liked it at all but by the end I was totally captivated It s written as a series of journal diary entries and tells the story of a life that s been lived in every decade of the 20th Century a life lived very much to the full Once I got used to the style I found that I was quickly sucked into the life of the character through whose eyes the story is told Some parts were truly laugh out loud funny the section where he s so hard up he starts eating dog food is just brilliant and the ending left me truly mourning a character whose whole life had simply been a figment of the writer s imagination very strange True, there are parts where the intermingling of significant world events, and particularly the way many famous names were dropped in, got a little tiresome and for me spoilt the flow of the story, but overall this is a superb read I kept thinking about the book for days after I finished it If you haven t read Boyd before then you really should treat yourself to one of his many outstanding works And I d encourage fans of any genre to give this particular tome a try. I enjoyed this tremendously, even though I watched the TV adaptation a few weeks earlier, so I already knew the characters and plot though there are some differences.STRUCTURED AS MEMOIRSThis is presented as a compilation of journals kept by Logan Mountstuart from shortly before he left school in the 1920s until just before his death aged 85 Consequently, they describe things as they were at the time, with candour and an absence of hindsight It also means there are gaps and changes of style The pretence is carried further by the presence of footnotes including corrections and even a reference to Boyd s own biography of an artist , an index and other later editorial notes, including Logan s introduction, in which he explains, We keep a journal to entrap the collection of selves that forms us I think it is the different voices of Logan at different times in his life that make the book work so well often he is not very likeable, but he has a certain charm, and his triumphs are balanced by tragedy.It is not a continuous narrative, but rather, broken down into journals covering significant periods in his life school establishing his key friendships with Peter Scabius and Ben Leeping Oxford university London as a writer and journalist marriage, then a coup de foudre naval intelligence in WW2 return to a changed London NY art dealer Africa teaching London including links with the Baader Meinhof gang and finally, retirement in France.The framework of the book lends teenage anxieties poignancy, e.g as ever, my predominant emotion is one of disappointment could this be the pattern of my life ahead Every ambition thwarted, every dream stillborn At other times, Logan as an old man does insert a retrospective analysis, e.g I often wonder if those early sexual experiences with Tess and Anna warped me irrevocably a plausible attempt to justify some of his subsequent behaviour.FAMOUS FRIENDSA distinctive conceit of the book is the number of significant real characters Logan gets to know during his life mostly authors e.g James Joyce, Ian Fleming, Virginia Wolf, Ernest Hemingway and artists Picasso, Paul Klee , but also the Duke and Duchess of Windsor I am not an expert on any of them, but it rings true, and feels a natural element of the narrative The only weak part for me is the Baader Meinhof episode, but I suppose that is meant to balance and contrast with his earlier work in naval intelligence Later on, Logan remembers being told that the only point of keeping a journal was to concentrate on the personal and to forget about the great and significant events in the world at large , but this book does both.CATHOLICISMPerhaps the most unusual aspect of Logan s character is that he is a lapsed Catholic who is largely untouched by guilt, even though he has much to be guilty about He can feel guilt, though only his son arouses it in him He coldy explains need and opportunity the ingredients of all betrayals and I absolutely need variety and surprise I have to have the city in my life otherwise I dessicate and die Yet he often feels a victim of circumstance, A sense of my life being entirely out of my control which is not the same as being out of control.HAPPINESS The final question, and one Logan doesn t entirely resolve, is around the pain of having known true happiness and lost it.ME One detail that no one else would notice was that there were TWO, albeit very minor, characters called Cecily Cecily Brewer, at whose home he lodged, and another Cecily who was his mother s housemaid.