Any Human Heart

by William Boyd | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1400031001 Global Overview for this book
Registered by arturogrande of Coalville, Leicestershire United Kingdom on 6/5/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by arturogrande from Coalville, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Saturday, June 05, 2004
Logan Mountstuart says every life is both ordinary and extraordinary, and his certainly is.
This novel is narated through Mountstuart's intimate journals, which detail his time as a novelist and his travels throughout the world.
As with most of Boyd's work, this novel is hard to pin down and categorise, as it encompasses comedy and tragedy - the final section actually moved me to tears.
It is beautifully written, big in scope and an absolute delight.

Journal Entry 2 by arturogrande at Bookbox in Bookbox, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, December 04, 2004
Released on Saturday, December 04, 2004 at about 12:00:00 PM BX time (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada) at Bookbox in Bookbox, A Bookbox Controlled Releases.

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Added to Blum's bookbox.

Journal Entry 3 by winglelliewing from Trimley St Mary, Suffolk United Kingdom on Saturday, December 18, 2004
Liberated from blum's bookbox.

I really loved this, thanks for putting it in blums box Natalie. Am taking it to my first meet-up for someone else to enjoy.

Journal Entry 4 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, January 15, 2005
What treat, I didn't expect to find this, bought to our 2nd Ipswich meet-up by my new BC friend redhouse :) I've read a lot of William Boyd's novels in the past, always well written, individual books.

Journal Entry 5 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, December 19, 2006
(19/12) Look how long i've had this!! It did have the dubious distinction of being my oldest tbr registered by someone else, but now it isn't, 'too-be-read' that is :) Review to follow...

Journal Entry 6 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, December 20, 2006
This is my first WB for a while, and its good to come back to him; he has a great range and is always reliable, mildly challenging and very human in his subject matter. The title comes from a Henry James quote, “Never say you know the last word about any human heart”. Well, after this book, almost 500 pages, I feel that I know about as much about the life of Logan Gonzago Montstuart (‘LMS’) as any real biography...but to ‘know his heart’, well that *is* a different matter.

This is organised as a series of journals written over the 85 extraordinary years of the life of LMS from his birth in Uruguay, the son of a beef baron, to a lonely but serene end in a small town in France. Although he gets involved in more than a life-times worth of events (some of global significance), he tends to drift on a tide of circumstance and his own failings; he reminded me of Forrest Gump, ‘...done down by the haphazard.’

I thought early on that it was a parlour trick to have LMS meet up with so many famous people, such as Ian Fleming (LMS is a ‘spy’ working for Naval Intelligence), Virginia Woolf (a lover commits suicide by drowning), Hemingway (LMS as a journalist in the Spanish Civil War), Picasso, the Duke & Duchess of York, Eveyn Waugh etc. etc. But, there is a quote late on in the book – which I can’t find unfortunaely – in which LMS is advised that a journal should include the minutiae of ones life, not inter-national events which are recorded elsewhere. But here Boyd is giving us both the story of the 20th century, the times in which LMS lives, and the effects on an individual. The end result, if you persevere, is very rewarding. A couple of sections lacked interest for me, such as the avant guarde US art scene in the 50’s & 60’s, and the anti-fascist radicals in the 70’s, but life isn’t all interesting is it?

A couple of final observations; a quote from Montaigne wishing for an, ‘old age free from dementia’ – LMS stays physically well, more or less, but it is the lucidity of his/ones mind which is more important in the end. LMS meets an anarchist in Seville whose life’s credo is based on ‘two hates and three loves: hatred of injustice, hatred of privilege, love of life, love of humanity, love of beauty.’ How simple and elegant.

**available to pass on - I may wild release over Christmas?**

Released 12 yrs ago (1/13/2007 UTC) at Caffe Nero IP1 book-crossing zone in Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom

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Going to the Ipswich meet-up tomorrow, probably

Journal Entry 8 by Semioticghost from Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom on Sunday, January 14, 2007
Picked up at the Ipwich meetup with a non-bookcrosser colleague in mind. If she's not interested after all, I'll offer it around or wild release it. Thanks a lot!

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