Enough differences to the epic 4-part Channel 4 series to make the book worthwhile, this sprawling tale of the life of Logan Mountstuart is a terrific exposition of the 20th century. The style of the book is as a journal of a writer. In retrospect, I think maybe I should have read it before watching the series. It is profound, powerful and incredibly moving. The passages I imagine will stay with me are on his melancholy reflections of a life of regrets and tragedies. 8/10.