Every life is both ordinary and extraordinary and Logan Mountstuart's - lived from the beginning to the end of the twentieth century - is a rich tapestry of both. Starring Jim Broadbent, Matthew Macfadyen and new-comer Sam Claflin as Logan at different ages, 'Any Human Heart' is a compelling portrait of one person's journey through a long and rackety life. As a writer, Logan finds inspiration in Paris and London, as a spy betrayed in the war and as an art dealer in 60s New York. He meets Ernest Hemingway, Ian Fleming and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor as well as becoming embroiled in 70s terrorism. While, personally, he makes the same mistakes in love as we all do in our search for happiness and meaning in life. 'Any Human Heart' is the story of a life lived to the full - expansive, rich, unsentimental, comic and profoundly moving.
Powerful, quiet, heartbreakingly lovely
- Any Human Heart: Series review by CW
First I listened to the audio book with Mike Grady as the reader. Beautifully done. Then I heard that years ago the book had been made into a TV drama so I rented it from the always fabulous Cinema Paradiso. I like that the author, William Boyd, wrote the screenplay. Perfectly cast and directed, superb acting. The main character, Logan Mountstuart is played by 4 actors (3 men, one young child) because the book spans his life from the beginning to the end of the 20th century. Great thought put into costumes and sets. Knowing the book, I appreciated the editing of the TV series that captures the essence of the story. I have watched the first two episodes and look forward to seeing the rest. I highly recommend.