All the King's Men (Penguin Modern Classics)

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All the King's Men (Penguin Modern Classics)

All the King's Men (Penguin Modern Classics)

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As a reader, a step removed from Jack’s involvement, it is yet another reminder of the truth that power corrupts, and that those who seek to rule us are usually the least fit to do so because of the very hubris that makes them want to.

I’m not overly drawn to books with a political theme but I can’t resist adding this one to my list after your recommendation on the quality of its writing – I hate missing out on the best! Willie pours enough whiskey ‘to floor the Irish and drank it off neat’, passing out on his hotel bed. One of the reasons for this unjustified neglect seems to be a misconception about the subject matter of this novel. Like the corrupt governor Willie Stark,” begin dozens of thumb-sucking op-eds, “President Clinton has …”) All the King’s Men, in other words, is the favorite novel of those for whom novel-reading is the 26th or 27th most important thing in the world. All the King’s Men is not merely the story of Willie Stark, as Warren’s world is brimming with fascinating side characters.Yes I always find the process of politics more interesting than books with a political agenda, and this one gets that balance perfectly. Much like the 1920s and 30s, we live in a period of great change when all previously-held cultural norms and precedents seem to be shifting under our feet.

And you feel too the baffled goodness in him, the desire to do right — a desire so strong that it leads Stark to trample all rules and law — and of course it is Stark’s trampling of rules and law that also prevents him from doing right in any enduring way. I read it in a French translation by Pierre Singer and in a magnificent edition by the publisher Monsieur Toussaint Louverture. He chose to draw complex characters, flawed humans who have their moments of darkness and their moments of generosity and loyalty. This book sounds good, and I’m not surprised you enjoyed it, especially with everything going on in the world, especially in the US. That Noel Polk should make a project of ‘restoring’ a text in this way, and that this text should be published to compete with the author-approved text, is unconscionable, unethical, and indefensible.Willie’s teetotalism is a signifier both of his devotion to his wife and a reflection of his moral lawfulness, through his refusal to break the Prohibition. It traces the rise and fall of Willie Stark, who resembles the real-life Huey "Kingfish" Long of Louisiana.



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