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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Warren brilliantly portrays the transformation of Willie from naive lawyer to a ruthless political machine who employs blackmail, bribery, and bullying to secure his power and propel his ambitions. Pages: 464 The first edition of this classic Robert Penn Warren book was published by Harcourt Brace and Company in 1946.

Along his rise, Willie discards his moral compass, believing that the ends always justify the means. After triggering his father’s death under circumstances that make the story of Oedipus look like an unfortunate happenstance, Burden accepts the inheritance of the man’s house and money without qualm or question. In the words of The Boss ‘man is conceived in sin and born in corruption and he passeth from the stink of the die to the stench of the shroud.

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.

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!

Hahaha, what with Trump, Brexit and the ongoing threat of another Scottish independence referendum, mu opinion of politicians and people in power generally is at rock bottom!

In a way, the chapter is a diversion from the main story, but in another way, it’s the heart of the book, allowing us to understand Jack’s introspectiveness and self-doubt, and why he finds Willie, a man of supreme self-belief, strangely appealing.But this one is wonderfully written and just what I hoped to find when I started the GAN Quest all those years ago. 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.

Hmm, the question of power corrupting is age-old, but the noir approach to the story, with no heroes to put in opposition to Stark’s growing villainy, makes it feel fresh and original. I defend it because despite everything it remains magnificent, an evocation of a vanished South before air conditioning, before highways, before standardized hotels and restaurants, before civil rights, before prosperity drew people away from their farms and crossroads towns to cities and suburbs.And for all the lines and lineaments missing from the portrait of Willie Stark — he still stands there, alive and real, a model of how politics works and a warning of how it goes wrong. While Willie Stark was defined by his rural simplicity and loyalty to his wife, The Boss is repeatedly and carelessly unfaithful to his partners, both his wife Lucy and later his mistress and political confidant Sadie Burke.

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