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All the King's Men (Penguin Modern Classics)

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Much like how dinner conversations and visits to family have recently been dominated by divisive political talk, politics has infested the world Warren presents.

True, by the time he becomes governor he has picked up some money and put aside his country boy Puritanism to indulge himself in whisky and women. I read it in a French translation by Pierre Singer and in a magnificent edition by the publisher Monsieur Toussaint Louverture. La plupart des figures évoluent, mais certaines demeurent immuables, comme le chirurgien qui, à la fin, est à l'origine d'un événement tragique.PS Apologies for disappearing so abruptly – my reading and writing slump have now reached epic proportions so I suspect I’ll be an irregular blogger for the foreseeable future.

Le moteur de l'histoire n'étant jamais qu'une impulsion électrique, faut-il que nous soyons tenus pour responsables de nos actes? All the King’s Men is one of American literature’s definitive political novels, as well as a profound study of human fallibility in politics. Along his rise, Willie discards his moral compass, believing that the ends always justify the means. I seem to have become a master of procrastination at the moment, and have been intending to start posting again every day for weeks, but just don’t seem to have had the energy to do it. Los Angeles Times Book Review" "It's a measure of the enduring worth of "All the King's Men" that Willie Stark has entered our collective literary consciousness, in the company of Captain Ahab, Huck Finn, Jay Gatsby, Holden Caulfield, Rabbit Angstrom, and very few others.His approach to politics earns him many enemies in the state legislature, but does not detract from his popular appeal among many of his constituents, who respond with enthusiasm to his fiery populist manner. And once you’ve used and abused everyone, including your family, who is there left that you can trust? One of the characters in Proud Flesh was named Willie Talos, referring to the brutal character Talus in Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. That is Robert Penn Warren's lush "All the King's Men,""--"Los Angeles Times Book Review" "It's a measure of the enduring worth of "All the King's Men" that Willie Stark has entered our collective literary consciousness, in the company of Captain Ahab, Huck Finn, Jay Gatsby, Holden Caulfield, Rabbit Angstrom, and very few others.

This complacency is not Burden’s, but the author’s — just as the novel’s lack of interest in the black people who serve the main characters their meals and drinks is a blindness not only of the characters, but of the author too. Stark steals Burden’s desired woman and sets in motion a complicated plot that makes Burden the instrument of a man he discovers only too late to be his own father. All the King’s Men has a complex narrative structure: events are described out of sequence to demonstrate the relationship between the past and the present. However, after losing the mayoral election due to his refusal to play politics, he resolves to become a shrewd, unscrupulous player in the political game. It was rated the 36th greatest novel of the 20th century by Modern Library, [1] and it was chosen as one of Time magazine's 100 best novels since 1923.He chose to draw complex characters, flawed humans who have their moments of darkness and their moments of generosity and loyalty. It is as bumpy and uneven as a corduroy road, somewhat irresolute and confused in its approach to vital problems and not always convincing. One of the reasons for this unjustified neglect seems to be a misconception about the subject matter of this novel. Sorry to hear about the reading and writing slump, but good to have you back even if it’s just for a short visit. I decided to avoid Trump comparisons in my review because I feel we’ve all heard more than enough about him already, but yes, very appropriate!

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