One of the most brilliant American novels ever written---a must read if you're interested in politics, the South, racism, the populist movement, or the relationship between Christianity and guilt. This amazing book is a thinly veiled biography of Governor Huey Long of Louisiana, but it is so much more in its broad, encompassing themes. It will make you ask yourself, "What is true morality? What is right action?" If you weren't forced to read it in high school, you should have been. This would be Ideal for a book club with a lively membership. Finally, let me add this: the prose absolutely sings---vivid characterizations and passages that make me weep with their evocation of human emotions. If you only saw the movie, and haven't read the book, you were robbed.
I enjoyed it... but felt like it wandered around inside Jack Burden's head a little too much. I know that's part of the beauty, but I'm more into the story than the philosophy.... which defeats the purpose of reading this book.
My husband read this years before me and thought the author, Robert Penn Warren was too descriptive. I agree that some spots were descriptive but there was beauty in the words that made the book likable. I really felt for the main character Jack Burden, especially the flashback of his first love. It made you wonder if things had gone differently with them would certain people be alive or doing something different.
The things I disliked were probably the things I was suppose to dislike. For example, the corruption in politics and in life. Relationships in the book were for the most part pretty bleak and sad.
I can not say I loved this book or that I disliked it. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would and found some beauty in the misery of Jacks life.
I have not seen the movie- but after reading the book, see why Hollywood could not do it successfully. Deep, incredibly well written- wonderful phraseology (if that is a word. There is a reason the author has won many awards.
Wow! This is one of the best books I've ever read. All the King's Men is a book about politics in the early 20th century, but it is also about so much more. It is about relationships, self worth, choices and consequences, means and ends, love and hate, destiny and chaos. I loved Robert Penn Warren's writing style. He uses rich detailed creative descriptions, which require a lot of words, but at the same time invite and compel the reader to devour each and every one of them. This story is a saga which approaches the scale, complexity, and depth of Steinbeck's East of Eden. I loved this book. It really is one of the best I've read. 5 stars.
Despite my determination to work my way through classics, I could not get past page 20 of this work. Not incidentally, the book suffered during transit and fell into several pieces when I unwrapped it. I really cannot comment further on what I found to be an incomprehensible work.