Once again I am looking to all of you for advice on a book that I have been umming and ahhing about, however I wasn’t (if I am honest) until last week when I saw a feature in the paper all about it’s adaptation. It seems the next big Sunday night period drama in the UK, after the wonderful Downton Abbey finished, is going to be ‘Any Human Heart’ based on the book by William Boyd. It looks like its going to be marvellous, I held off from watching it this Sunday because of course in this instance I always think ‘should I read the book first?’, so now I am asking you… should I?
I have only read one other William Boyd novel before, though I do have ‘Ordinary Thunderstorms’ on Mount TBR and that was ‘Restless’ which was in my pre-blogging days for an old book group. I have to say I really, really enjoyed it I also promised my self to read some more of his work… and then of course haven’t since 2007.
Back to ‘Any Human Heart’ though! After having seen this feature and my interest being piqued I decided to pop to that fountain of all book knowledge (my tongue is in my cheek) that is a certain online book store to see what people were saying in their reviews. We know on that site people can be quite venomous, hence why I was always going to ask you all your thoughts regardless, yet the reviews I started reading for this novel were all simply incredible. People saying things such as ‘nothing I have read for years has had such a profound effect on me as this has’ and ‘read pretty much continuously, but was unable to pick up another book for almost two weeks after finishing this – there was no point, I was…replete’. Now that is quite some quotes from those reviewers, only it also rather intimidated me as I thought ‘oh dear what if its so good nothing compares afterwards?’
So I thought I would ask out into the blogosphere and see if any of you have read it and what you made of it, or if you know people who have read it and what they thought? Anyone else suddenly had the urge to read this?
I did notice that people are in uproar on thta certain site as the Kindle edition is more than the book… I inwardly jumped for joy at that, buy the blinking book instead.