By William Boyd
Any Human center is William's Boyd's vintage, bestselling novel - now an enormous Channel four drama
Every existence is either usual and impressive, yet Logan Mountstuart's - lived from the start to the tip of the 20 th century - comprises greater than its fair proportion of either. As a author who unearths thought with Hemingway in Paris and Virginia Woolf in London, as a secret agent recruited by way of Ian Fleming and betrayed within the struggle and as an art-dealer in '60s ny, Logan mixes with the movers and shakers of his occasions. yet as a son, pal, lover and husband, he makes an analogous blunders all of us do in our look for happiness. right here, then, is the tale of a lifestyles lived to the entire - and a trip deep right into a very human heart.
Any Human middle may be loved by way of readers of Sebastian Faulks, Nick Hornby and Hilary Mantel, in addition to enthusiasts of the best British and ancient fiction worldwide. It was once lately tailored for a massive Channel four four-part drama sequence scripted via William Boyd and starring Kim Cattrall, Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent and Tom Hollander.
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My tears and the blood streaming from my nose mixed together and dripped down my arms, and I ended up covered in it without noticing. From a few things she said I realized that her gown and undergarments had been stained and that she was not pleased. We arrived at the house, where I was immediately taken to a little room that had been prepared for me. Again I knelt before my mother on the stairs and tried to stop her from leaving by clinging to her clothes, but the result was only to make her turn back and look at me with indignation written all over her face, mouth, and eyes, a look which you can imagine better than I can describe.
I was so unhappy at home that this turn of events did not trouble me at all, and I went oﬀ to Sainte-Marie,* my ﬁrst convent, quite cheerfully. My sister’s suitor, meanwhile, not seeing me any more, forgot all about me and duly married her. , and he is a notary in Corbeil, where married life is treating him rather badly. My second sister was married to a Monsieur Bauchon, a silk merchant in Paris, in the rue Quincampoix, and they are happy together. My two sisters now being married oﬀ, I believed that thoughts would turn to me, and that I would soon be able to leave the convent.
Meanwhile the moment that I had at times wished for was approaching. Then I became pensive, I felt my resistance returning and growing stronger. I went to the Mother Superior or to the novice mistress and conﬁded in them. These women certainly know how to avenge the trouble novices cause them; for it is wrong to think that they enjoy the hypocritical role they play or the nonsense they are forced to repeat to us. In the end it all becomes so familiar and dull to them. * This is the main reason why they lie all their lives and prepare young, innocent girls for forty, ﬁfty years of despair and perhaps eternal suﬀering.
Any Human Heart by William Boyd