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All the King's Men (Penguin Modern Classics)

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Politics merely provided the framework story in which the deeper concerns, whatever their final significance, might work themselves out. Stark’s decline remains the most compelling part of the novel, with Warren’s use of symbolism and vivid detail painting the degradation of a humble family-man into a corrupt politician. The writing is excellent, stylised, intensely American, almost stream of consciousness at some points, and full of long, unique descriptions and metaphors.

One of the unfortunate characteristics of our time is that the reception of a novel may depend on its journalistic relevance. It’s a marvellously American story, especially when read at a time when all the worst of American politics is out there unashamedly displaying its stinking underbelly of moral corruption to the world. D’you know, I don’t usually pick classics or vintage re-releases as the Book of the Year, but this year that’s nearly all I’ve read! Les personnages sont nombreux, dont le narrateur, un journaliste passé au service du gouverneur et chargé de réaliser ses basses œuvres.Burden's Complaint: The Disintegrated Personality as Theme and Style in Robert Penn Warren's 'All The King's Men'". In real life I think we expect far too much of our politicians – not just to do a great job but to be total saints while they do it. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. As you say, they are not specific for politicians, you see the same in all spheres of life, where some sort of power / money can be achieved.

Le moteur de l'histoire n'étant jamais qu'une impulsion électrique, faut-il que nous soyons tenus pour responsables de nos actes? I hesitate to suggest the novel should be longer, but the structure of the A story is at least three or four important scenes shy of wholeness. Since then it has been lauded as an “American classic” by two sorts of people: lachrymose Southern chauvinists, who have a stake in its themes and its lawdy-lawdy-god-amighty prose; and political junkies, who cull it for points of contact with, or divergence from, the contemporary scene. I was stunned both that something so unabashedly crude could happen at the bastion of Western democracy but also at just how warped from reality former President Donald Trump’s mob of supporters have become. There are really no weak points to the book as far as I’m concerned, but the chapter that tells the story of Jack’s great-uncle Cass Mastern stands out as a particularly brilliant piece of writing, worthy on its own of the Pulitzer the novel won.Yes, the corruption which has always mired American democracy is brilliantly dissected, and the theme is as relevant today as it was at the time of writing. All the King's Men would be a good novel if it were only about the rise and fall of Willie Stark (who is a political boss, not a dictator), but it is also a novel about Jack Burden, a man who has lost his past and must find it. PRAISE FOR "ALL THE KING'S MEN" "Over the course of more than two centuries of vivid political history, there is perhaps only one full-blooded American novel of politics that plunges deep into the hearts of its characters and therefore into the hearts of its readers, thus rising to the top ranks of American fiction. Warren is keen to separate the idealistic ‘Willie Stark’ from the corrupted ‘Boss’, the same individual but rendered barely recognisable in a Jekyll-Hyde style transformation. Even beyond that, the novel’s frequent biting humour and Warren’s beautiful writing style is captivating.

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