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All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren

All the King's Men (1946)

by Robert Penn Warren

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For a 438 page book...I really wanted to read, and read, and keep reading. I can see why it won a Pulitzer...I REALLY enjoyed it. ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
For a 438 page book...I really wanted to read, and read, and keep reading. I can see why it won a Pulitzer...I REALLY enjoyed it. ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
As recommended by Dr Bill Allen when I was at university in 1973. He also recommended Slaughterhouse Nine. Sadly I found it unreadable as in I could not get into it
  adrianburke | May 7, 2014 |
This was not at all what I expected it to be. It seemed everyone I know had read this book in college, but I am many many many years past that time and had just not gotten around to it. I thought it would be like Confederacy of Dunces (a book I loved) but it was not at all. Yes, an insular and corrupt state government lead by a man of outsize personality is at the center of things, but that is not what this book is about. It is about what it is to be a good person. It is about costs of going with the flow rather than taking decisive actions and taking responsibility for those actions. It is about love, in its many forms. It is very much about honor. These are big themes, and this is no beach read. The book is complicated and challenging. It is also one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read and I will be thinking about it for a long time to come. ( )
  Narshkite | Jan 16, 2014 |
Important fictional account of Gov Huey Long of La. Made into two movies, the first with Broderick Crawford as Huey Long winning an Oscar.
  antiqueart | Dec 3, 2013 |
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Mentre che la speranza ha fior del verde.

--La Divina Commedia, Purgatorio, III
To Justine and David Mitchell Clay
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To get there you follow Highway 58, going northeast out of the city, and it is a good highway and new. Or was new, that day we went up it.
It was like the second when you come home late at night and see the yellow envelope of the telegram sticking out from under your door and you lean and pick it up, but don't open it yet, not for a second. While you stand there in the hall, with the envelope in your hand, you feel like there's an eye on you, a great big eye looking straight at you from miles and dark and through walls and houses and through your coat and vest and hide and sees you huddled up way inside, in the dark which is you, inside yourself, like a clammy, sad little foetus you carry around inside yourself. The eye knows what's in the envelope, and it is watching you to see you when you open it and know it, too. But the clammy, sad little foetus which is you way down in the dark which is you too lifts up its sad little face and its eyes are blind, and it shivers cold inside you for it doesn't want to know what is in that envelope. It wants to lie in the dark and not know, and be warm in its not-knowing. The end of man is knowledge, but there is one thing he can't know. He can't know whether knowledge will save him or kill him. He will be killed, all right, but he can't know whether he is killed because of the knowledge which he has got or because of the knowledge he hasn't got and which if he had it, would save him. There's the cold in your stomach, but you open the envelope, you have to open the envelope, for the end of man is to know.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0156004801, Paperback)

This landmark book is a loosely fictionalized account of Governor Huey Long of Louisiana, one of the nation's most astounding politicians. All the King's Men tells the story of Willie Stark, a southern-fried politician who builds support by appealing to the common man and playing dirty politics with the best of the back-room deal-makers. Though Stark quickly sheds his idealism, his right-hand man, Jack Burden -- who narrates the story -- retains it and proves to be a thorn in the new governor's side. Stark becomes a successful leader, but at a very high price, one that eventually costs him his life. The award-winning book is a play of politics, society and personal affairs, all wrapped in the cloak of history.

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Set in the '30s, this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel traces the rise and fall of demagogue Willie Stark, a fictional character who resembles the real-life Huey "Kingfish" Long of Louisiana. Stark begins his political career as an idealistic man of the people but soon becomes corrupted by success and caught between dreams of service and an insatiable lust for power. The model for 1996's best-selling novel, Primary Colors, and as relevant today as it was fifty years ago, All the King's Men is one of the classics of American literature.… (more)

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