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Any Human Heart by William  Boyd
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Mar 12, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction
Read in March, 2012

The first William Boyd I’ve read, and I’m afraid, pretty much a disappointment. Any Human Heart is a competent, journal style novel telling of a 20th century male life. I guess very much what it says on the tin. OK, I am not fond of novels set in the mid 20th century but I got a bit more interested towards the end as the tale moved into a period with which I am familiar, and sadly, descriptions of old age with which I am also, reluctantly and unavoidably, becoming more and more familiar. We were young, we get old, our friends die, we die – I knew that. Smattered with more encounters with the famous than most of us have, this book offers us no insights, nothing more moving than our own experiences offer, which have at least the dubious merit of truth and greater vividness. But that I guess is age. If I want to be depressed I’ll read Tolstoy or Zola. This is like an autobiography of a minor celebrity without the fig-leaf of partial truth. Not a good enough book I fear.

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