Any Human Heart PDF/EPUB Ó Any Human Kindle -

Any Human Heart PDF/EPUB Ó Any Human Kindle -

Any Human Heart ➝ [Epub] ❦ Any Human Heart By William Boyd ➧ – William Boydi s 1952 romaan Üks inimsüda jõudis 2002 aastal Bookeri preemia lõppvalikusse Tegemist on üsna suure ettevõtmisega sest raamatu peategelase Logan Gonzagi Montstuarti kaudu püütakse William Boydi s romaan Üks inimsüda jõudis aastal Bookeri preemia lõppvalikusse Tegemist on üsna suure ettevõtmisega sest raamatu peategelase Logan Gonzagi Montstuarti kaudu püütakse anda pilt tervest Any Human Kindle - sajandistLogan alustab kirjutamist kui ta on aastal Norwichi koolipoiss ja lõpetab päeval enne rahulikku surma oma maamajas Prantsusmaal Teatud mõttes võib Üht inimsüdant võrrelda isegi Forrest Gumpiga kuigi Logani I le pole midagi ette heita Boyd laseb tal kohtuda paljude sajandi kuulsustega sealhulgas Ernest Hemingway Virginia Woolfi Wallis Simpsoni ja Windsori hertsogiga.

10 thoughts on “Any Human Heart

  1. Kalliope Kalliope says:

    I have liked this book a great deal than I wanted to admit It flows easily and the diary format with short entries and some gossipy ingredients makes it hard to break away This was addictive readingSeveral readers in GR have criticized that they do not like the main character To me he comes across as an ordinary man with weaknesses alcohol and women some cowardly reactions but showing also bouts of integrity and a fair amount of self honesty to what extent does diary writing invite to a truthful self examinationAs a sort of anti hero his story seems a twentieth century Education Sentimentale But I wonder whether the main character and his development is the only center of the book I think of him as a catheter like mechanism that travels through the interstices of the Twentieth Century He moves from Uruguay to British public school Oxford London Paris Spain Bermudas Switzerland New York Nigeria London again Germany France Moving from place to place he is taken in by the series of events that unfolded during the dramatic century pre to post WWI; Paris Avant Garde; Financial Crash and 30s Depression; Spanish Civil War; Crisis in the British Crown; WW2 with the London Bombings and the not really neutral Switzerland; again the Avant Garde in NY in the 50s; Nigeria and the Biafra the following decade; and the 70s in decrepit London under the Labour Gov or in Germany at the time of the Red Army Faction etc The twentieth century itself emerges as the protagonist of the novelBoyd’s handling of facts and fiction is brilliant He uses a typical trick found in historical novels and that can easily become a trap In all this traveling through time we walk through a gallery of the rich and famous Waugh Hemingway Woolf Picasso the Windsors etc but in Boyd’s pen it does not become ridiculous He handles the edited diary form uite effectively There are footnotes with data on real events and people gaps are clarified through additional notes from the fictional editor and finally a fake bibliography of the author etc No wonder readers at first thought that the main character had been a writer in real life In Any Human Heart the life of an individual is tossed around by dramatic events so that it is hard to see to what extent the identity of any one person is shaped by circumstances and “ never say you know the last word of any human heart” Henry James

  2. Andrew Smith Andrew Smith says:

    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 uickly 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

  3. Cecily Cecily says:

    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 differencesSTRUCTURED 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 Conseuently 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 tragedyIt 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 FranceThe framework of the book lends teenage anxieties poignancy eg 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 eg I often wonder if those early sexual experiences with Tess and Anna warped me irrevocably a plausible attempt to justify some of his subseuent behaviourFAMOUS FRIENDSA distinctive conceit of the book is the number of significant real characters Logan gets to know during his life mostly authors eg 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 bothCATHOLICISMPerhaps 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 controlHAPPINESSThe final uestion and one Logan doesn't entirely resolve is around the pain of having known true happiness and lost itMEOne 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

  4. J. Kent Messum J. Kent Messum says:

    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

  5. Vit Babenco Vit Babenco says:

    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 hopeAnd 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 byIt 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 narrationWe just live and history is what we leave behind us

  6. Hugh Hugh says:

    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 subjectsThe 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 uite 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

  7. Lee Lee says:

    I don't think I've ever mourned the end of a character in uite 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 effectThe 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 repeatingadapting of information How some people disappear completely without another word on their fate How others come back and come back and come backIt'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 itYou gotta read this book

  8. Judith E Judith E says:

    The reader comes to know Logan Mountstuart through his lifelong journal entries Entries that build the structure of Logan’s life and his world in the 20th century There is plenty of name dropping Picasso Duke of Windsor Jackson Pollock and plenty of adventure espionage murder war and Boyd combines these elements like a symphony His prose is flowing and the book’s construction never fails the reader I almost didn’t hang with this book after the beginning school year entries where boarding school shenanigans abound but there is a reason for that and I would have missed out on an amazing reading experience if I had given up The ending is one of the most poignant and moving conclusions I have read I just want to sit with this one in my head for awhile

  9. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    Yeah I rally liked this book Maybe it is even amazingI 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 oneLogan 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 accurateas far as I can see There are bits about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor ie 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 translatedBut 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 uotes 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 youHe was looking for tinned stew with vegetablesHe 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 saucepanI 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 LoganAlmost half leftWith 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

  10. Sonya Sonya says:

    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

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