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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H]e saw that though doomed, [his friends] had nothing to do with any doom under the godhead of the Great Twitch. 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. I liked the way he managed to avoid politics and stick to the political system – can’t be bothered with books that have too strong a political message. We begin to see Jack as a thinking man, philosophical, cynical and rather defeated – why has he ended up as Stark’s minion?

But somewhere along the way he forgot the need to cajole and explain and persuade, as his growing power enabled him to achieve his ends quicker through bullying and force.

The doctor, enraged by Willie's affair with Anne and his manipulation of medical contracts, assassinates the governor.

And we see played out in detail the corruption at the heart of politics – how a man who starts out full of good intention and moral purpose cuts a little corner here, exerts a little pressure there, sucks up to the rich, all initially to achieve his pet projects for the benefit of his constituents; until suddenly he finds he has become the kind of crooked, manipulative, self-justifying politician he once despised and intended to destroy.Warren is keen to separate the idealistic ‘Willie Stark’ from the corrupted ‘Boss’, the same individual but rendered barely recognisable in a Jekyll-Hyde style transformation. It has several tiny details that cost nothing but appealed to me as a reader and showed the reverence and the care this publisher has for books. But of course the themes resonate for those of us who live in other democracies, since all share the same fundamental weakness – that those who stand for office are as fallible and flawed as everyone else. Adrian Hall adapted and directed a stage version of the novel at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island in April 1987. Les hommes dominent dans le roman, mais deux personnages féminins intéressants paraissent en bonne place.

This sounds like an amazing book and worthy of the GAN win – I was thinking as I saw the title we haven’t seen any of these for a while, so I’m glad it was a good one. He received the 1947 Pulitzer Prize for the Novel for his novel All the King's Men (1946) and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1958 and 1979. The faces in the crowds burning with rage, the screams of ‘traitors’ and ‘treason’, the assaults of news reporters and above all the vandalising of this great historical monument leaves one breathless.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. In Primary Colors, by “Anonymous” (1996), homage is paid to its influence in the character of Governor Stanton.

When Jack Burden narrates, he sounds like one of the hardboiled tough guys so popular in 1940s detective stories: like Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe perhaps, Marlowe with a few too many drinks in him and his mean streak showing. But nothing goes far enough to obliterate this book’s merits: Its portrait of politics and people, of town squares and village courthouses that have vanished into time and of the maneuvering and manipulating that will continue as long as democracy itself. Although this one is set in the political world, there’s no political tub-thumping – he’s not got a political agenda as far as I could see. 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.

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. A failed historian, a renegade from his genteel family, prevented by guilt and propriety from consummating his passion for the woman he loves even as she lies naked on his bed, Jack Burden seeks his “telos” in Willie Stark. Tiny Duffy, initially Willie Stark’ political opponent and later his sycophantic supporter, repeatedly attempts to force Willie to drink. While the humble Willie Stark delivered dull rallies based on his planned tax program, The Boss realises how the power of resentment and anger can capture an audience. 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.

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