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All the King's Men
All the King's Men
Author: Robert Penn Warren
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this classic book is generally regarded as the finest novel ever written on american politics. It describes the career of Willie Stark, a back-country lawyer whose idealism is overcome by his lust for power. New Foreword by Joseph Blotner for this fiftieth anniversary edition.
ISBN-13: 9780141026961
ISBN-10: 0141026960
Publication Date: 10/26/2006
Pages: 672
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

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Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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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.
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This book was one that I felt I should read. It is great. I wish that I had read it sooner.
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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.
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The book is far better than the film. Extroardinary writing. The story is based on the southern politics of the 1930s. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
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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.