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All the King's Men (Penguin Modern Classics)

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Many would rank Long as one of the most corrupt, but honestly, some would tell you he did a great deal of good for the state and might have done the same for the country had he ever been elected president. Jack suggests that one reason he is unable to complete his dissertation on Cass's life is that perhaps "he was afraid to understand for what might be understood there was a reproach to him. Tiny Duffy, initially Willie Stark’ political opponent and later his sycophantic supporter, repeatedly attempts to force Willie to drink.

Like the much repeated Lord Acton quote ‘absolute power corrupts absolutely’, The Boss’ political stature removes any sense of honour or morality, ensuring he objectifies all women in his vicinity. I’m just drafting my Blogging Highlights post for posting on 1 January, and one of the things I noted is that I wrote significantly fewer posts this year, so yes, I too had trouble staying afloat too. Even beyond that, the novel’s frequent biting humour and Warren’s beautiful writing style is captivating. It's highly addictive to get core insights on personally relevant topics without repetition or triviality.It is a gripping and thought-provoking story that delves into the complexities of human nature and the corrupting influence of power. He’s a populist who addresses to the redneck voters and who got genuinely angry when children died in the collapse of a school due to poor workmanship. I don’t know if All the King’s Men is “ The definite novel about American politics” as the New York Times says.

Though Stark enters public service in the Depression-era Deep South with ambitions of holding crooked politicians and unethical businessmen in Louisiana accountable, he finds over time that mixing with the corrupt ultimately corrupts him. Hmm, it’s actually several months since I read it now, but I don’t remember anything like that in it. Jack is tasked with digging up dirt on Judge Irwin, an honorable man and family friend from Jack's past, whose integrity stands in the way of Willie's power. The cover of at least one edition, for example, proclaims that it is a novel about "the rise and fall of an American dictator! 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.

Jack Burden has lived most of his life as though he were wrapped in a cocoon, and his story shows the process by which he is forced to emerge from this cocoon into a new life.

Nor is this novel just the story of Jack Burden, with Willie Stark only one of the sup-porting cast. After making contact with Dansey in 1942, Dericourt was recruited to SOE as the man desperately needed to organize top-secret flights in and out of occupied French territory.Jack starts his story by taking us back in time to three years’ earlier, in 1936, to a day when Willie and his entourage visit his father in the house where Willie grew up. Yes I always find the process of politics more interesting than books with a political agenda, and this one gets that balance perfectly. Willie Stark was possibly inspired by the life of senator Huey Long, the aggressively populist governor of Louisiana and the state’s senator in the mid-1930s.

It starred Georgiy Zhzhonov (Willie Stark), Mikhail Kozakov (Jack Burden), Alla Demidova (Anne), Oleg Yefremov (Adam), Rostislav Plyatt (Irwin), Lev Durov (Sugar Boy). Political polarisation and the dehumanising of one’s opponents infects Warren’s world, much as it ripped apart Western liberal democracies. Fortunately, All the King's Men is also a novel that remains readable after several readings; it offers readers something new each time they pick it up. For a book that deserves several readings, this Cliff's Notes guide will help your first comprehension become clearer, faster. It is this hopeful portrayal of citizenship that allows Warren’s novel to inspire and much as it horrifies.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. And Willie is an oddly sympathetic character to the reader too, despite his brutality, his womanising, his corruption. All the King's Men is really a double story, that of Willie, the hick from the red-neck country who rose to power through eloquence, leadership, and ruthless mastery of dirty politics, and that of three 'aristocrats' drawn into Willie's orbit. A political novel set in the 1930s, "All the King's Men" follows the rise and fall of Willie Stark, a charismatic and corrupt politician in the American South. When Willie reawakens he has transformed in to ‘The Boss’ and depends on alcohol to function, drinking before all his public speeches to vitalise himself.

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