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Any Human Heart
Any Human Heart | William Boyd
William Boyds masterful new novel tells, in a series of intimate journals, the story of Logan Mountstuartwriter, lover, art dealer, spyas he makes his often precarious way through the twentieth century. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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youneverarrived
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Mehso-so

A novel you have to read to the end to fully appreciate. The novel spans Logan‘s whole life, written in diary format, and for the amount that he lives through it should make for a riveting read but I found the opposite, I never really felt inclined to pick it up. It wasn‘t awful but not memorable in any way. ⭐️⭐️

(Finished it a while ago just kept forgetting to post my review!)

squirrelbrain At least you finished it! 🤪 2y
Caroline2 Yeah. I know what you mean. I kept struggling through and didn‘t want to pick it up. I ended up bailing. 😆 2y
BarbaraBB I had hoped this would be great. 2y
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TrishB I bailed too. 2y
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain yeah eventually 😂 2y
youneverarrived @Caroline2 I don‘t blame you. It sounded so good too! 2y
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB I was expecting to really enjoy it from the blurb but it was a bit of a disappointment. 2y
youneverarrived @TrishB can‘t say I blame you 😆 2y
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youneverarrived
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Let‘s see if I can get this finished tonight. I‘m at 85% and feel like I‘ve been reading it forever 😩 I don‘t hate it enough to bail but it somehow always feels like a chore to pick it up 🤷‍♀️

TheNeverendingTBR Got to love a funky styled can of IPA 🤤 2y
BarbaraBB I don‘t have the patience anymore to continue books that take forever 🤷🏻‍♀️ (edited) 2y
squirrelbrain That‘s a bit like I felt about it, although I did end up liking it overall. You can do this! 2y
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rockpools Good luck! If it helps any, I think the last 15% dragged a LOT less than the rest of it... 2y
youneverarrived @TheNeverendingTBR I love an IPA. Got a box of random ones delivered👌 2y
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB I wish I could be more like that, it takes a lot for me to bail. 2y
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain thanks Helen! I‘m determined to finish it. It‘s not a bad read is it, it‘s just not riveting in any way 😆 (edited) 2y
youneverarrived @rockpools that‘s good to know! I fell asleep last night so didn‘t finish it but I‘ll get there 😆 2y
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rockpools
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Oh, I don‘t know. I guess it wasn‘t my thing. I enjoyed the final 15% a lot more than the first 85%, and it is bizarrely readable. But mostly, it was just fine. Mildly amusing at times, but mainly just ok.

This is the story of a life through journal entries. Logan Mountstuart lives a fascinating life, meeting key figures of the 20th century, but through his eyes it becomes mundane, no-one else is of interest (except sexually).

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rockpools of WWII, my annoyance switched from Logan to the author - but that only lasted a couple of pages. I don‘t ever remember feeling so utterly meh about a book - certainly not one this long! Still, I‘ve finished and now I need to sort out my pension, and appreciate the little things. Maybe that was the point?

Thanks to my #buddyread pals, without whom my reading would have fizzled out, probably in about 1918!
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Caroline2 I‘m glad you kinda liked it in the end. I need to watch the rest of the tv series so I know how it ends before our discussion on Thursday. 😆 2y
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rockpools @Caroline2 I‘d *never* have made it through the TV series! And ‘kinda like‘ is a bit strong. I think ‘didn‘t hate it‘ is still closer to it! 2y
squirrelbrain Oh well, at least you finished it! Onwards and upwards! 2y
youneverarrived You finished it 👏 I still feel reluctant to pick it up every day but I want to finish it 😂 I have a feeling I‘m going to agree with your review. 2y
rockpools @youneverarrived Are you almost there? I ended up skim reading, which is not my norm! 2y
rockpools @squirrelbrain Absolutely! I‘m off to a Japanese coffee shop now 😁 2y
julesG @youneverarrived You've started the book. It keeps staring at me and I keep reading anything else but Any Human Heart. 😬 2y
rockpools @julesG Sorry Jules - we‘ve not been wildly encouraging have we? You‘ll rattle through it in no time! (That or bail early on 😘) 2y
julesG I intend to skim through it Thursday morning. It'll be like last minute learning for an exam. 🤪 2y
rockpools @julesG I used to be so good at that! No idea why I can‘t do it now 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
youneverarrived @julesG you will probably get the gist of it just by skimming 😂 I‘m halfway through Rachel, I‘m just putting off reading it even though I‘m not exactly hating it, it‘s an odd one. 2y
rockpools @youneverarrived Yup. It is SUCH an odd reading experience! 2y
rockpools Belatedly tagging this for #Booked2021 #Blackjack21 - heart in title, because I was just searching my kindle to see if there‘s ANYTHING I could read for this prompt. D‘oh! @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage 2y
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rockpools
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I said I‘d decide whether to bail or not at 50%. I‘m now at 54% so I guess I‘m sticking with it. Currently annoyed with the author, rather than with Mountstuart, so that makes a change.

Still, for goodness sake!! Hufff!

squirrelbrain Keep going - you can do it! 🤣 2y
rockpools @squirrelbrain I can and will. But I might subject you all to grumbling along the way 😝 2y
charl08 Lol. I loved this book when I read it.(now a bit worried to reread it and change my mind!) 2y
rockpools @charl08 Oh no, I‘m sure you‘d still love it - seems to be a little divisive- either people love it or... eh? I‘m afraid I‘m in the ...eh? group! And you know how good I am with long books (not) - 500 pages of ...eh? is a challenge! 2y
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jenniferw88
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Mehso-so

"Those of us who have the luck to enjoy good health forget about this vast parallel universe of the unwell – their daily miseries, their banal ordeals."

4 ? but the above quote resonated with me. #buddyread @TrishB @squirrelbrain @scripturient @rockpools @julesG @jhod @Caroline2 @Leniverse @Oryx @youneverarrived @eraderneely

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!!! 2y
Caroline2 Yes. People take good health for granted alright. 2y
squirrelbrain You‘re one of the few to finish! 2y
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jenniferw88
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#bookreport week 20/2/21 @Cinfhen

Started & finished So You Want to Talk About Race
Started tagged
Continued Mansfield Park

Cinfhen Another solid week ♥️😊 2y
BarbaraBB I‘m looking forward to your review of the Boyd. 2y
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squirrelbrain
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I was a bit worried at first when there were so-so reviews and bails on our #buddyread but I ended up really liking this.

Yes, the MC is an insufferable chauvinist but I found his blundering cluelessness quite amusing. The whole book felt like a pastiche of different eras or genres and, whilst it was still overlong, the different ‘journals‘ meant it didn‘t feel same-y; it felt like a series of different books.

rockpools Yay, you finished! I‘m suffering from the overlong bit of it 😉 2y
Oryx Hurrah. Glad you liked it! It's so interesting to me how everyone gets something different out of every book. 2y
TrishB You‘re a good un 👍🏻 I think I couldn‘t get over the male thing. 2y
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squirrelbrain Yes, there were bits of it where I felt very schlumpy too @rockpools, but then the ‘journal‘ changed and it picked up again. 2y
squirrelbrain It‘ll be an interesting #gladstonerds meeting for sure @oryx @trishb - if anyone else finishes it! 2y
Caroline2 Whey! I‘m so glad you liked it. I‘m struggling just getting through the tv series. 😆 2y
youneverarrived I‘m glad you liked it! The journal format really works, and I‘m not usually a fan of it. 2y
CarolynM I've had a copy of this sitting on the shelf for ages. I must get around to it sometime. 2y
julesG My copy arrived in today's post. I'm trying to marathon my way through it. 2y
squirrelbrain Hopefully you‘ll find it OK @julesG - luckily it is the kind of book that you can skim-read. 2y
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rockpools
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Still going. Still not sure. Still not hating it, but really not sure if I care. Onwards!

Caroline2 😆 Great review!!!! 2y
rockpools @Caroline2 🤣🤣 I haven‘t even committed to bailing! 2y
squirrelbrain I‘m ‘not minding‘ it at the moment, which is rather damning with faint praise isn‘t it?! 2y
rockpools @squirrelbrain That‘s where I‘m at. I expected it to annoy me more, but it‘s quite readable - I‘m just not too sure what the point is! 2y
TrishB Mine‘s in hibernation. May go back to. 2y
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Oryx
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Mehso-so

A resounding so-so from me. I liked the diary format initially, but then that comes with the limitation that if you don't really warm to the main character, then it doesn't leave you anywhere to turn. And inevitably a very male perspective - interested to know what others thought of the portrayal of women. But I'll leave that for our discussion. I think there's a reason why most books don't cram a lifetime into one book - it didn't work for me

TrishB Great summary Emma 👍🏻 at 70+ pages in I‘m already a bit jaded with the diary thing and he‘s not very likeable. But you finished! 2y
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squirrelbrain Great review! I‘m about 20% in and still liking the diary format, so we‘ll see where it goes from here.... 2y
rockpools Great review! I‘m at about 20% as well, and I just don‘t know - I don‘t hate it... (Faint praise!) 2y
Caroline2 Yeah it all wears thin after a while doesn‘t it. I‘m even finding the tv series a bit of a slog. 😆 2y
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Caroline2
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That‘s it I‘m afraid, I‘m throwing in the towel at page 126. Maybe it‘s bad timing but I do not have the patience for some posh, privileged bloke moaning right now...! But don‘t worry, I‘m watching the TV programme instead so I can still join in the discussions! 😀

TrishB I‘m on page 76! Just a bit bemused at the moment and hoping an actual story starts. 2y
Caroline2 @TrishB I wouldn‘t hold out much hope...! 😆 I watched the first episode of the tv series last night and this guy just gets worse!!! 🤦‍♀️ but it ended with the start of WWII so hoping it‘ll get more interesting now...! 🤞 2y
Oryx Finished last night. Need to post my review today. I'll give you a spoiler - it's not going to be a pick 2y
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jhod Oh no! 🤣🤣🤣 2y
julesG Haven't received my copy yet. It'll probably be a skim-read for me. 2y
jenniferw88 Just started... 2y
scripturient To be honest: I bailed around the same time as you. It was just moan, moan, moan, oh... sexual attraction, moan, posh people business, moan. 😂 2y
Caroline2 @Oryx Oh no! 😆 2y
Caroline2 @scripturient It‘s so disappointing isn‘t it. It‘s got so many good reviews too?! 🤷‍♀️ 2y
Leniverse Oh dear. I'm not sure if this makes me more curious or less. 🤣 I should probably get started one of these days. 2y
squirrelbrain Oh no! I‘m finding it mildly amusing at the moment..... 2y
Caroline2 @jenniferw88 @squirrelbrain @Jules @Leniverse Hopefully you guys will like it and it‘s just me being grumpy and impatient! 😆 2y
rockpools Uh oh. I‘m kind of scared to see if @oryx Emma‘s posted a review yet. But I don‘t have too high tolerance levels for whingy posh people, so I‘m going in with low expectations! 2y
Caroline2 @rockpools Yep! I am so done with rich people moaning about nonexistent problems. 😑 NEXT.....! 2y
julesG Just going to paraphrase one of my professors: But it has such a nice cover. 😁 2y
Caroline2 @julesG 😆 It really does!!! 2y
Cathythoughts Lovely cover ❤️ 2y
NikkiM5 😂 nice 2y
youneverarrived I totally get it! He‘s up his own arse but it‘s my kind of book 😆 at least you got a nice cover out of it 😂 2y
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jenniferw88
Any Human Heart | William Boyd
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen

Start top two
Continue Mansfield Park

TrishB Me too @Cinfhen a book that‘s stayed with me a long time! 2y
Cinfhen I recently did a re-read @TrishB on audio and it was JUST AS GOOD!! I had forgotten a few parts so it was almost like reading again for the first time 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen I‘ve always been scared it case it doesn‘t live up to my memory! 2y
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TrishB
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#weeklyforecast
Currently reading Black Summer, enjoying this series so far (2nd one).
The others are my likely choices for the week.

squirrelbrain I‘ve just started the Boyd, enjoying it so far! 2y
Cathythoughts Looking good for the book week 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
TrishB @squirrelbrain oh good to hear 👍🏻 2y
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TrishB @Cathythoughts hopefully 🤞🏻🤞🏻 2y
eanderson Ahhh! Black Summer! So good. It‘s a wild ride. 😀 2y
TrishB @eanderson it‘s great isn‘t it 👍🏻 I‘m sitting here going what?? Can‘t wait to see where it goes. 2y
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jenniferw88
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Oryx
Any Human Heart | William Boyd
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Dogs n socks

MsMelissa Love the socks. I have the same pair 😊 2y
Caroline2 Awesome socks! 😆 2y
Caroline2 Hey Emma, how are you getting on with this book? I‘ve just finished the Abbey years and I must say he is coming across as a spoilt little rich boy. 🙄 does it get better??? 2y
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Oryx @Caroline2 well, if by better you mean he turns into an entitled spoiled young man, that's where I'm at. I'm actually enjoying it, but he's definitely the epitome of a mediocre male enjoying success because he's rich. So it depends on your tolerance for that maybe. I think we'll have plenty to talk about! 2y
rockpools @Caroline2 This, and @squirrelbrain ‘s comment about page count, have me worried now! I‘d better get a move on... (edited) 2y
Oryx @rockpools I am still actually quite liking it, despite that. Some of his entitlement is kind of humuorous. And maybe he matures and changes, we shall see. But I'm finding it pretty 'readable', and the diary format makes it easy to dip in and out of. 2y
rockpools @Oryx Fab - thanks. I‘ll give it a go 😊 2y
Caroline2 @Oryx @rockpools I‘m like the diary format and it is readable but he‘s getting on my nerves. Yeah, let‘s hope he grows up soon. 🙄 2y
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Oryx
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jhod Nice cover! 2y
julesG Still waiting for my paperback edition. 2y
TrishB Looking forward to it 👍🏻 2y
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rockpools I‘m liking your cushions 🦌 2y
squirrelbrain I‘m going to wait another week before starting I think. I‘m reading 4 books as it is anyway.... 2y
TrishB @squirrelbrain mine will probably be later in the month too! 2y
Oryx @squirrelbrain @TrishB with the page count on this one, I think I need the full four weeks! 2y
Caroline2 @Oryx Agreed! I‘ll be starting once I‘ve finished my current book as it‘s going to take me a couple of weeks to get through it I think. 👍 2y
squirrelbrain You see I have it on Kindle so I‘m pretending not to know the pagecount... 🙈🙉🙊 2y
youneverarrived I‘ve just started it today 👍 2y
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Abailliekaras
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I really enjoyed this. The journal style gives an intimacy as Logan confides in the reader. We follow him from school days to old age so he becomes a friend. I was invested in him despite his flaws. Some adventures are extraordinary but he feels like a real person. Mix of personal story with historical events & layers of place & people to build a rich sort of a whole life. Writing is fluid, lively & poetic. Good escapist read, male-centric though.

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 on next months list. 2y
Abailliekaras @trishb thanks! Hope you enjoy. 2y
Gogobooks My favorite was Sweet Caress about a female photographer. However, liked all those that I ve read up until now. 2y
Abailliekaras @Gogobooks I‘ll have to read Sweet Caress next! 2y
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Caroline2
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Oh there‘s a good deal on Amazon at the mo for this book. 😯 #buddyread

TrishB Just got thanks 👍🏻 2y
squirrelbrain That is good! I already have it on Kindle, but I do like a real book! 🤔 2y
TrishB @squirrelbrain I thought I did have on kindle, but it was another unread one by same author! 2y
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squirrelbrain I don‘t have that excuse I‘m afraid @TrishB ! I haven‘t succumbed yet! 2y
Oryx That's a good deal. I got mine already though - I'm all set. 2y
rockpools Oh, go on then. Thanks 😁 2y
julesG Thanks! 2y
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Caroline2
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Hi @youneverarrived I hope you are all good. Me and @squirrelbrain were wondering if you fancied doing this buddy read in February instead as a couple of other guys were gonna join us too! If that‘s ok for you? #buddyread

julesG That's a nice edition. 2y
julesG And I like that TBR basket. 2y
Oryx I got that edition too ❤️ 2y
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Oryx Agree with @julesg that tbr basket is so cool! Where did you get it? 2y
JillR This was in my top 10 last year, I absolutely loved it (and the tv series too) 😍 2y
julesG @Oryx I'll try to make my own. I need to try out my new screen printing set. 2y
charl08 Love that cover. My copy is old and battered. Tempting! 2y
Caroline2 @julesG @Oryx The wonderful @squirrelbrain got it for me for my birthday! Isn‘t it fab!!!! ❤️ 😀 2y
Caroline2 @JillR That‘s good to know. 😉 2y
Caroline2 @charl08 It‘s a lovely edition isn‘t it. ❤️ 2y
squirrelbrain @Oryx @julesG - it‘s from Etsy, there were different colours and font styles too. I nearly kept it for myself! I might still get one for the campervan. 2y
youneverarrived That actually works out better for me too! I‘ve got the book on my kindle but I dropped it in the bath so it‘s only working intermittently at the minute 🤦‍♀️ 2y
squirrelbrain Oh no, nightmare! @youneverarrived 🤪 2y
julesG @youneverarrived Oh no! Have you tried putting the kindle in dry rice for a day or two? 2y
Caroline2 @youneverarrived oh no!!! 🤦‍♀️ Yes, I would do the dry rice thing and leave it switched off for two days. 🤞 2y
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain I know 🤦‍♀️ I‘ve done it with books before but never the kindle 2y
youneverarrived @julesG @Caroline2 I totally forgot about that trick! I just left it on the windowsill to dry out and it seems to gradually be coming back to life 🤞 2y
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Caroline2
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Thank you so much @youneverarrived for sending this lovely book to me! You‘re right, the cover is awesome! 😀
No worries about the font, looks fine for me. 👍 It sounds like a good, epic read. Perfect for the long winter ahead. 😘 ☕️ 📖 #jbuk

squirrelbrain I spy 🕵️‍♀️ another #buddyread! 😁 I have this on my Kindle TBR ready for one of next year‘s #booked2021 prompts.... 2y
Ruthiella That book is my favorite by Boyd! 😍 I hope you like it. 2y
Cuilin Great book. ❤️ Boyd. 2y
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youneverarrived I‘m glad the font is ok! I just know some people don‘t like smaller fonts 😂 hope you enjoy when you get to it ♥️ 2y
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain if you guys do a buddy read I would love to join in, only if you wouldn‘t mind 🤍 it sounds great this book! 2y
squirrelbrain That would be lovely Katie @youneverarrived - we‘ll let you know. When Caroline and I do a #buddyread it tends to be very loose and informal so don‘t expect anything posh! 😁 2y
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain @youneverarrived YAY!!! Buddy read!!!! 😃 I love a buddy read! Let‘s do it! 😉 if you need it for a prompt Helen, shall we do it in Jan?? 2y
squirrelbrain We can do it whoever suits both of you - January is fine with me though! @youneverarrived 2y
youneverarrived 😂 I don‘t think I could do posh if I tried so all good with me. Jan works for me too. @squirrelbrain (edited) 2y
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Mrs_G
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I struggled to get into it but about halfway through it really gripped me and I couldn't put it down. It was a facinating trip both through the twentieth century and the entire life of an individual as he experienced love, life, politics and social change. The last 100 pages really took an emotional hold of me and resonated deeply as the protagonist reflected upon his life; the decisions he made, those he loved and lost, roads not taken...

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JillR
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I‘ve been in a love/hate relationship with the narrator of this fictional memoir, Logan Mountstuart, through all 500 pages but what I love most is that books can make you feel like this. This book spans English boarding schools and academia, literary London, spying in WWII, royalty, imprisonment, then from the art world of New York to the Biafran War in Nigeria... A whole life lived in one book; brilliant. I‘m missing Logan already.

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Ruthiella
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One of my favorite books of all time which is pretty much a cradle to grave story of a not perfect but nevertheless #wonderfullife of one man throughout the 20th century.

#RedroseSeprember

Cinfhen #Stacked your blurb completely sold me 🙌🏻 3y
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Great! It was a great book and none of Boyd‘s other titles have quite lived up to it. 3y
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan Thanks! 😊 3y
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MySharonaK
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Panpan

I can‘t believe the struggle to get through the book

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Aimeesue
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"Never say you know the last word about any human heart." - He Ryan James

I've not read Boyd before, but am enjoying this. It'll be nice to finish up the teenage boy bit, though! ?

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Minervasbutler
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego A good month! 📖💖 4y
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Minervasbutler
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The story of one man's life, told through his own journals, from his school days in the 1920s, through Oxford, the War and going up to his death in the 1980s. Logan seems to meet everyone from Joyce and Picasso to the Duke of Windsor but the joy of this book is listening to the gradual transformation of the narrative voice, from precocious schoolboy through to the old man reflecting wistfully on life and approaching death. Strangely moving.

charl08 Loved this one. Great comments. The bit where he is reduced to eating pet food made a lasting impression... 4y
Minervasbutler @charl08 yes that was simultaneously hilarious and deeply sad 4y
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this book, but just didn't. I like how he was honest about his failings and taught the importance of keeping a journal but I was really put off by all the sex and prostitution.

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Ruthiella
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Loved this story of one man‘s life over the course of the 20th century as told in journal entries. I keep hoping that Boyd will become my favorite #maleauthor but while I have enjoyed some of his other books, they have not quite measured up to this one. #ReadingResolutions @Jess7

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Cathythoughts
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#getmovin #bestdayofmylife I started this yesterday.. and didn‘t want to stop reading last night 😵. MC , Logan Mountstuart, tells his story through his journal. So we read of the highs & lows .. and of the #bestdaysofhislife. Very engaging 👍🏻 meant to be lots of literary references He has already bumped into Evelyn Waugh. And later meets Virginia Woolf, Joyce , Picasso. A rich & interesting read so far

LeahBergen I want to read this. 👍🏻 5y
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen it‘s one of those ones that‘s been sitting on my kindle for ever... now that I‘m reading it I wonder why I waited so long... it‘s very good 5y
Cinfhen I‘m intrigued by the cover art and your blurb 💕 5y
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TrishB Sounds good 👍🏻 5y
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @TrishB it‘s good 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 5y
eanderson I‘ll be curious to see your review of this book! Sounds interesting! 5y
erzascarletbookgasm Yup sounds interesting, all the literary references 🙂 5y
Cathythoughts @eanderson @erzascarletbookgasm it is good. Reminds me in some ways of a Secret History, 👍🏻❤️ 5y
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Cathythoughts
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Any Human Heart. By William Boyd ( “ Never say you know the last word about any human heart “ Henry James)
Up next ...I think it will be good 🤞🏻

Cathythoughts @chapter_fifty2017 I‘m going with Any Human Heart ... met my son today , he said he read it years ago & like you , he says it‘s excellent... I‘ll keep you posted. Loving it so far 5y
chapter_fifty2017 Wow !! Good for you ! Wise son 🤔☺ 5y
Cathythoughts @chapter_fifty2017 yes wise son & wise Litsy friend ❤️😉 5y
chapter_fifty2017 Aww so sweet 💕🙈 5y
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Any Human Heart | William Boyd
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#getmovin #human I havnt read this , has anyone ? What did you think ? It‘s on my kindle waiting for ages. I‘m late posting because my Litsy has been gone for the last day or so 😡. I don‘t know why ! Anyway it‘s good to have it back 🤗 anyone else lose there Litsy app ? 🙏🏻

TrishB I was just thinking I hadn‘t seen your posts for a couple of days! So frustrating when that happens. 5y
Kaye Sorry to hear Litsy is still giving people problems. I had one day last week that it was slow again. Took about 10 minutes to get one post to finally add, but other than that, it‘s been ok here. 5y
Cathythoughts @TrishB it is Trish ... and now it‘s asking me for an email & password every time to get in ... oh well, at least it‘s back ! Have a lovely weekend 👍🏻❤️ 5y
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Cathythoughts @Kaye thanks, yes , it would not open ! A dead duck ! So annoying. Anyway it‘s good that it‘s working again 👍🏻💕 5y
TrishB Strange! Definitely more hiccups recently! 5y
batsy I was wondering about you as well! I hope the app gets better for you. I haven't had trouble logging in, but for a few days the app has been extremely laggy and slow and doesn't load at times. It's a bummer. 5y
Cinfhen Glad you‘re back!!! Here I was thinking u were on some wonderful trip or hanging with princess Sofie. Have NOT read this book 5y
Mdargusch Litsy has definitely been slow to load for me but I didn‘t lose the app and sorry to say, I haven‘t read the book. But that cover! 👌🏼 5y
TrishB @batsy I thought that was just my WiFi 😁 5y
Cathythoughts @batsy thanks! I hope it gets better too. It is indeed a bummer ! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5y
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen Thankyou ❤️. It‘s good to be back in contact 👍🏻 5y
Cathythoughts @Mdargusch yes! Thanks. I think the book should be good. It is a lovely cover alright 👍🏻 5y
chapter_fifty2017 This is one of my favorite books of all time 💕 5y
Cathythoughts @chapter_fifty2017 I better move it on up so. I can‘t decide whether to read this one , or Cutting for Stone , next ... not a bad position to be in as I‘d say they will both be excellent 🤔 5y
chapter_fifty2017 I must say l haven't read Cutting for Stone but its been on and off my tbr as have heard great things !! Good luck with your choice no pressure but Any human heart is amazing . Happy reading ☺ 5y
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KarenUK
Any Human Heart | William Boyd
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#getmovin #human
One from the #TBR today.... I‘ve never read this modern classic (or seen the tv series) but have heard nothing but great things...
Planning on getting to this one soon... but you know how that can go!

Cinfhen I‘m not familiar with this title 😬 5y
KarenUK I don‘t think the Litsy description does it justice... it sounds amazing and has mostly 5⭐️reviews on Goodreads. Had it on my TBR for ages! (edited) 5y
Cinfhen Will investigate and I‘ll await your review 😊 5y
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Lola
Any Human Heart | William Boyd
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7$ and change for these two titles at a pop-up used bookstore that I spotted totally by chance. I think the #botns podcast was playing in my head when I chose these books. #Chicago peeps, the spot is Carpe Librum in the South Loop on Roosevelt.

toofondofbooks There's a LBS Masterpiece adaptation of Any Human Heart starring Matthew Macfadyen that is excellent! 5y
toofondofbooks PBS not LBS lol 5y
Lola @toofondofbooks Lol! I was wondering what LBS was 🤔 I‘ll have to check it out after I finish the book. Which will be who knows when 😛 5y
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Sharpeipup
Any Human Heart | William Boyd
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Let the adventure begin...✈️ #airplaneread @ReadingEnvy Thanks again for the book!

ReadingEnvy Oh great I do hope you like it! 6y
Sharpeipup @ReadingEnvy It was highly appropriate read considering we toured Oxford. 6y
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sprainedbrain
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Audible is having another 2-for-1 credit sale, and the selection is not too shabby. 👍

Lacythebookworm Thanks for sharing! 🙌 6y
Donna_sBookMinute Thanks. 👍🏽I'll check it out. Hope they have something I want this time. 6y
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MidnightBookGirl Despite the huuuuuuge amount of unlistened to audiobooks I have in both my Audible and Libro.fm libraries, I just can't resist a sale! 😉 6y
OrangeMooseReads Thanks for the heads up! 6y
reneelyons Christodora!! I just read and reviewed it, it's absolutely amazing! (edited) 6y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa My favorite kind of sale! 6y
sprainedbrain @Lacythebookworm @Reecaspieces @Donna_sBookMinute @OrangeMooseReads You're welcome... hope you find something that you like! 6y
sprainedbrain @MidnightBookGirl same here... I have a ridiculous number of audiobooks already on my tbr, but I can't pass up a free one (if there are choices I like). 😃 6y
sprainedbrain @reneelyons I'm very excited about that one! 6y
sprainedbrain @Riveted_Reader_Melissa same! I get so excited when they have these... 6y
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Sharpeipup
Any Human Heart | William Boyd
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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my #cupidgoespostal gift! A #tbr book, #historicalfiction, and some chocolate and snacks too. @ReadingEnvy your note and tea was my favorite part!

ReadingEnvy Hooray! Happy Valentine's Day! 6y
Reviewsbylola Wow, great goodies!! 6y
Sharpeipup @ReadingEnvy The cookies and chocolate will make a way better snack than airline peanuts! 6y
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Smrloomis
Any Human Heart | William Boyd
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This has been on my TBR for a while...

LizzyM I love this book so much. It was one of the best books I read last year. Logan Mountstuart is so finely and completely drawn that he truly feels alive. Just wonderful. 6y
Smrloomis @LizzyM sounds like I need to read this soon! 6y
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HardcoverHearts
Any Human Heart | William Boyd
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I just share this digital deal I wanted to share with you all! I really found this book of the life of one character to be a great mix of adventure, scandal, tragedy and comedy. Recommended for people who like strong character led books, and people who really love to dive into a meaty tome. Available for Kindle, nook, kobo or iBooks.

ReadingEnvy Loved this one. 6y
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Smrloomis
Any Human Heart | William Boyd
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Hmm... this is tempting.

drokka I've seen the BBC production and quite liked it. 6y
Smrloomis @drokka I've heard the book recommended a number of times, but have never read it. 6y
Loretta Spectacular novel. 💜💕 6y
emilyesears This on my TBR, but I'll get the library copy when I'm actually ready to get to it (in like 10 years at the rate I'm going). 6y
Smrloomis @Loretta good to hear! @emilyesears I've also thinking of getting out my library's copy. Maybe this is a sign from the universe to bump it 🙂 6y
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Amandajoy
Any Human Heart | William Boyd
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Art related books don't seem to be on my radar, after searching my shelves I found one. This book follows the life of one man & art plays a role in part of his life. #seasonsreadings2016 #artrelatedbooks

Libby1 This one has been recommended to me recently. 6y
Libby1 This one has been recommended to me recently! 6y
Kitta One of my favs. 6y
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Christine89
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"The other guests were straggling up from the lake by now and as they appeared I was introduced (by Siggy, who remembered my name) and so I shook the hands of the Woolfs, Huxley and one if the richest women in England. "

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LitHousewife
Any Human Heart | William Boyd
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This is why I love audiobooks. William Boyd and Simon Vance together painted a world through Logan Montstuart's diaries. I felt I was there for every detail. Vance's voice subtly shifts throughout the novel and I realized I was experiencing Logan and the century age through his narration. So good.

[DELETED] 3216391035 I really enjoyed this book! 7y
anwade88 Haha yes! Movies never last long enough to cover all the pertinent (read ALL) of the details 😂 7y
AnnieMay Channel 4 (in the UK) made a pretty good mini series of it a few years back - not sure how/if it's available outside of the U.K. But it's definitely worth a look if you can get it somehow! 7y
LitHousewife @AnnieMay I am going to have to check that out. Maybe it's available on Netflix or DVD. It would be fun to see what they put together. 7y
jessdean LOL!! Ohmygosh YES!!! 7y
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LitHousewife
Any Human Heart | William Boyd
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When I read any book based on a diary, I'm always listening for my birthday. On the drive home today I got close. October 6, then 7. I held my breath. No dice. There was a big jump afterward. Does anyone else listen for their own special dates?

thebookmagpie I do this all the time! An inordinate number of books seem to skip over 21 August *huffs* 7y
LitHousewife @thebookmagpie I'm glad I'm not alone. October 8 gets very little love. We need to write our own diaries and make sure our days are well represented. 😊 7y
Sydsavvy I have never even thought of doing that! LOL 🎂🎂🎂 Now I will. 😊 7y
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LitHousewife @Sydsavvy I am so sorry to pass my weirdness off to you. ☺️ 7y
HarperPerennial Never thought about this! 7y
LitHousewife @HarperPerennial I'm spreading the sickness! 7y
BookMusings My birthday is the day Hitler killed himself! Yasss! 7y
LitHousewife @BookMusings That day must be in so many WWII books! Mine is the 100th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire. Unfortunately, I've read 0 books about it. 😂 7y
Lola No one ever writes about the Ides of October. Hmph! 7y
LitHousewife @Lola Darn it! Truly someone needs to right a book about the misfit birthdays. 7y
BookMusings @LitHousewife I should clarify, not the same year. Just the day- May 7th :) yes it's in lots of books as a very good day! 7y
Lola @LitHousewife I did take a screenshot when my Litfluenece matched my birthday :) #litsygeek 7y
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LitHousewife
Any Human Heart | William Boyd
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I got almost 2.5 hours of listening in today while out shopping and dropping the kids off at riding lessons. What a whirlwind that time was. Montstuart is just coming out of WWII and it was brutal for him. This is really an engaging audiobook! Lazy Saturdays with Simon Vance are highly recommended!

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LitHousewife
Any Human Heart | William Boyd
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Mountstuart is wondering if he really wants to go to Oxford. If doing so is really just delaying life by another three years. Given my day at work today, Diane Court's graduation speech says it all.

bookishkai Gotta love a Say Anything reference. 7y
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LitHousewife
Any Human Heart | William Boyd
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Watching Simon Vance's videos about Jerusalem ended with him beginning the audiobook. I couldn't help myself. I had to listen to one of his audiobooks. This one has been on my list for a while. Simon's narration can make the little annoyances of the day melt away on the commute home.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Good to know! I own this, but if the audio sings, I'll go that route! 7y
[DELETED] 2232195534 I love his voice. 7y
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