- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (15 Aug. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1455113883
- ISBN-13: 978-1455113880
- Package Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.8 x 6.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (370 customer reviews)
Any Human Heart
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Logan Gonzago Mountstuart, writer, was born in 1906, and died of a heart attack on October 5, 1991, aged 85. 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 poverty.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'Astounding. One of Boyd's greatest achievements' --The Mail on Sunday
'Astonishing, touching, extremely funny. A brilliant evocation of a past era and an immensely readable story' --The Sunday Telegraph
'Wise, profound and moving. Only the very best novels make you look at your own life and imagine your own future with fresh eyes' --The Independent on Sunday --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The main character would seem to be happy to shag anything in a skirt and apart from infrequent attempts at morality is morally bankrupt.
and plan to read more of Boyd.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The reader is taken by hand to "live" the colourful events that made Logan 's life so interesting and movingPublished 1 month ago by Carlos Simas
William Boyd, in my view, is very underrated. I first read one of his novels in the early 1980s, and although he's been nominated for many major literary awards, including Booker... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Flutter Bye
I ploughed my way through it. One gold star for me. This book was a gift from a lady friend who liked Boyd but couldn't get into this one. Read morePublished 2 months ago by I bite
Hmmm.. It's like living vicariously through reading someone's journal entries...having finished,I now understand why Loki likes it so much😜....hiddlestone!?! TomPublished 3 months ago by kc
It took me a while to get into it - it's quite long. Perhaps any review by me would not be too helpful to other readers because I am not an avid reader myself. Read morePublished 3 months ago by CAW
Top rating as I became wholly immersed in the long and fruitful e life of writer Logan Mountstuart through the decadesPublished 4 months ago by jez