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All the King's Men (Penguin Modern Classics)

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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. The novel is narrated by Jack Burden, a political reporter who comes to work as the governor’s most trusted aide. This hospital sounds like Stark’s rosebud, not a link to his childhood but a link to the beginning of his political engagement after the collapse of a school.

Set in the 1930s, it describes the dramatic rise to power, as state governor, of Willie Stark, a one-time radical attorney. Quick question: is there a section in the book, anywhere, that describes a sort of global group of shadowing characters who pull the economic strings behind the scenes, creating wars or trade alliances, for their own benefit? All the King’s Men is not merely the story of Willie Stark, as Warren’s world is brimming with fascinating side characters.

Anne is Jack Burden's childhood sweetheart and the daughter of Willie Stark's political predecessor, Governor Stanton.

Instead of scrolling through your social media news feed, this is a much better way to spend your spare time in my opinion.Robert Penn Warren (April 24, 1905 – September 15, 1989) was an American poet, novelist, and literary critic and was one of the founders of New Criticism. 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. 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. Governor Willie Stark is the king mentioned in the book’s title and his men are composed of Sadie Burke, his secretary and long-time lover, Jack Burden, his right hand and sounding board, Tiny Duffy an obsequious man Stark would rather have with him than against him and Sugar Boy, his faithful driver. The New York Times critic snootily observed that it wasn’t “a great novel or a completely finished work of art.

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