Any Human Heart book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Logan Gonzago Mountstuart, writer, was born in , and died of. Any Human Heart: The Intimate Journals of Logan Mountstuart is a novel by William Boyd Synopsis[edit]. The book begins with a quotation from Henry James, "Never say you know the last word about any human heart." A short preface. Giles Foden sifts the many selves of William Boyd in Any Human Heart, where the author turns his gaze inwards. A quotation from Henry James furnishes the title of William Boyd's new novel: "Never say you know the last word about any human heart." These "intimate journals" of Logan.

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Any Human Heart will be enjoyed by readers of Sebastian Faulks, Nick Hornby and Hilary Mantel, as well as lovers of the finest British and historical fiction. Surely one of the most beguiling books of this season, this rich, sophisticated, often hilarious and disarming novel is the autobiography of a. Sign me up to get more news about Literary Fiction books. Any Human Heart is a moving, ambitious and richly conceived novel that embodies the heroics and.

In this, he is good to his word. There were some rather beautiful lines but the rest was incomprehensible. A train he was driving was derailed near Carlisle and two passengers were killed. Perhaps this is what Chamberlain understands and is why he has given this final concession but cleverly extracted peace as its price.

Towards the end of the Second World War, however, the tone gets darker.

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After a nervous breakdown and suicide attempt he eventually fetches up in New York, where he makes good as an art dealer and critic while experimenting with booze, pills and sex. After a desultory spell in Africa, he returns in the mids to London, where a spell of poverty sees him eating dog food spiced with curry powder.

Having made an improbable foray into revolutionary politics, he votes Labour in and leaves for France to enjoy a relatively peaceful old age. Sensibly, Boyd forgoes a walk-on part. He is, accordingly, by turns bumptious, diffident, selfish, generous, thoughtless, befuddled and acute.

It refuses to conform to. Mountstuart also contradicts and repeats himself, as diarists tend to do.

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Logan's journal entries are so candid and immediate it's difficult to believe he isn't real. And after pages, it's hard to say good-bye. With its bird's-eye view of English history in the 20th century, it's no wonder that this novel is a bestseller there. Scenes set in Spain, New York, Bermuda, West Africa and France, which allow Boyd to draw on his international experiences, should enhance its appeal for readers in this country.

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Boyd uses the diary form to explore how public events impinge on individual consciousness, so that Mountstuart's journal alludes almost casually to the war, the death of a prime minister or the abdication of the king. On returning to England, he suffers a nervous breakdown.

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