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.
This book was one that I felt I should read. It is great. I wish that I had read it sooner.
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.
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.