Thursday, August 24, 2017

Book Beginning: Any Human Heart by William Boyd




We – the five Roman Catholics – were walking back from the bus stop up the drive to school, fresh from Mass, when Barrowsmith and four or five of his Neanderthals started chanting “Papist dogs” and “Fenian traitors” at us.

-- Any Human Heart by William Boyd. I love this book. There isn't much of a Catholic theme to it, despite its opening sentence, at least not in the first third that I've read so far.

Has anyone else read it or watched the miniseries? Did you prefer the book or the show?

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



Roberta said...

So, it is written as if it were a journal? Sounds like an interesting way to handle it.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Sounds interesting!

Bev Bouwer said...

I like that opening. It's got a great feel.

Nicki J Markus said...

I'm not familiar with the book or the TV series. However, I did love the book and TV series of his other short novel, Armadillo.

Lauren Stoolfire said...

Haven't read the book, but I enjoyed the show! Happy reading! :)

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Gilion,

I haven't read the book or watched the series, however from your opening lines and the subsequent longer extract I read over at Amazon, it seems as though I have missed out on something of a classic piece of writing.

I like the whole tone of the narrative and both cover art options are excellent representations of the storyline as I imagine it unfolding.

Thanks for sharing and for hosting BBOF. Enjoy your weekend :)


Sassy Brit said...

Hi Gilion!

I have to admit I've not read this either! I do love the first line, though. Is it a show? I never knew, maybe we don't have it here in England? I'm curious now!

Enjoy your weekend. Have a restful one. :)

Anne Bennett said...

My uncle, now deceased, grew up in Portland. He tells a funny story of being chased home from school by the Catholics. Like they were some terrible gang. Hope the book continues on a positive note.
My Book Beginning is at the bottom of the book review page

Breana M. said...

I have not read this one but it looks interesting.

topazshell said...

Neither. I do like a lot of detail about the Catholics, but this one really looks good.

The Candid Cover: YA Book Blogger said...

Looks like an interesting book. I hope that you enjoy it. :)

Yvonne said...

This sounds like a good read. Hope you have a great weekend!

Elizabeth said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the cover.

ENJOY the book and your weekend.


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