All the King's Men
Robert Penn Warren
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More than just a classic political novel, Warren s tale of power and corruption in the Depression era South is a sustained meditation on the unforeseen consequences of every human act, the vexing connectedness of all people and the possibility it s not much of one of goodness in a sinful world Willie Stark, Warren s lightly disguised version of Huey Long, the onetime LouiMore than just a classic political novel, Warren s tale of power and corruption in the Depression era South is a sustained meditation on the unforeseen consequences of every human act, the vexing connectedness of all people and the possibility it s not much of one of goodness in a sinful world Willie Stark, Warren s lightly disguised version of Huey Long, the onetime Louisiana strongman governor, begins as a genuine tribune of the people and ends as a murderous populist demagogue Jack Burden is his press agent, who carries out the boss s orders, first without objection, then in the face of his own increasingly troubled conscience And the politics For Warren, that s simply the arena most likely to prove that man is a fallen creature Which it does.
  • Title: All the King's Men
  • Author: Robert Penn Warren
  • ISBN: 9781615582921
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Paperback

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Jeffrey Keeten Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
"Man is conceived in sin and born in corruption and he passeth from the stink of the didie to the stench of the shroud."Robert Penn WarrenRobert Penn Warren is the only person to win the Pulitzer prize for fiction as well as poetry. He won the prize for fiction in 1946 for this very book. If you are lucky enough to have a great aunt who reads, and bought a lot of books in the 1940s, you might take a gander at her books some time and see if she has a first edition, first printing of this book in [...]
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Heather Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
Compelling, overstuffed, overplotted, sexist, labyrinthine, poetic, atmospheric. To me this book's status as The Great American Political Novel seems like a terrific bitter joke, because the author's vision of "politics" is comprised entirely of blackmail, physical intimidation, pork-barreling, rabble-rousing, nepotism, bribery, rigged elections, and hilariously contrived "family values" photo shoots. (I love the scene where a photographer and two aides attempt to wrestle a comatose, foul-smelli [...]
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Lawyer Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
All the King's Men: Robert Penn Warren's Spider WebThis Novel was chosen as a group read by members of On the Southern Literary Trail for July 2012 and again in October,2014."It all began, as I have said, when the Boss, sitting in the black Cadillac which sped through the night, said to me (to Me who was what Jack Burden, the student of history, had grown up to be) "There is always something."And I said, "Maybe not on the Judge."And he said, "Man is conceived in sin and born in corruption and he [...]
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Michael Finocchiaro Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
This was a wonderful book. I listened to it on Audible, but it was so well-written that I have ordered hard-copy as well. The story of Willie Stark and Jack Burden (which are the same story as the narrator says) is both poignant and realistic. Seen through the cynical and poetic eyes of Burden, the Southern cronyism of Huey Long is parodied here (and honestly reminds me of recent and current American political history). The writing is absolutely spectacular - Penn Warren is the only person ever [...]
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Perry Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
King of PainStorytelling and copulation are the two chief forms of amusement in the South. They're inexpensive and easy to procure. Robert Penn WarrenRobert Penn Warren had been teaching at LSU for about a year prior to the 1935 assassination of U.S. Sen. Huey P. Long (La.), nicknamed "Kingfish," the populist and crooked 42-yr-old senator and former Louisiana governor, on whom his novel is loosely based. The title comes from Long's motto, "Every Man a King," and a "Humpty Dumpty" verse.The story [...]
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Kemper Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
At first glance, Willie Stark seems like he would have been the perfect Tea Party candidate. He uses fiery rhetoric to stir up crowds by claiming to be just like them and that he’s going to bust the heads of those evil ole politicians at the state house to force them the straighten up and do things the right way. But on the other hand, Willie actually knows something about government and uses his tactics to improve the lives of poor people by taxing the wealthy and using that money to do thing [...]
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Barbara Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
Meaning to do good, Willie Stark rises from self-educated lawyer to political bigwig and eventually governor. Along the way he loses his moral compass and develops a taste for power, resorting to bullying, bribery, blackmail - whatever it takes - to get what he wants.Willie does manage to help some of his constituents, taxing the wealthy to provide schools and hospitals for the poor. But he also betrays his wife; raises a selfish, self-absorbed son; corrupts good people; and eventually reaps the [...]
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Matt Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
All the King’s Men is one of my favorite books, and I find it hard to write about my favorite books. When you are swept away by something – a book, a movie, a girl – all objectivity tends to disappear. Instead of pointed analysis, cold-eyed criticism, and thoughtful chin-stroking, there is gushing and platitudes and hyperbole. In fact, instead of writing a review, I prefer to strip naked and run around the block screaming Robert Penn Warren’s many virtues.Okay, I’m back. There are a lo [...]
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Camie Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
First off, I would nominate this book as one highly in need of a much improved cover design. That being said, it perfectly fits the old adage about judging a book by it's ( mundane) cover. I love it when a book surprises me and the dread of reading it ( club choice) turns into excitement. The back-page blurb praises it as a Pulitzer Prize winner following the political career of Willie Stark, a fictional character loosely based on that of Huey "Kingfish" Long a post Depression Era Louisiana gove [...]
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Weinz Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
I finished this book on a plane. I was on a plane coming home from somewhere that I didn't belong and as we coasted onto the tarmac I felt a little like Jack Burden. He was never really comfortable in the shoes that he wore but was constantly striving to find the truth in things. He was looking for the truth while consistently doing the right even when it was hardest. Not to say that I am this all knowing altruistic seeker of truth in all things, quite the opposite, but coming from somewhere I d [...]
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Lewis Weinstein Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
ATKM’s "dead on" characterizations of political behavior are as relevant today as they were when it won a Pulitzer in 1947. Often described as the story of Willie Stark, a thinly disguised fictional stand-in for fabled Louisiana Governor Huey Long, it is really much more that of Jack Burden, Stark’s aide and friend, from whose first person POV the story is told.Alternately attracted and repulsed by the tangy smells of commitment and corruption, Jack engages our sympathy and intellect as he p [...]
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Gary Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
OkWhat did i think?? I wish I had read this book a loooooooooooongggggg time ago. but maybe it was time to read it now. I think every American , whether Democrat, Republican, Independent, or I don't give a shit party, should read it It's a very modern topical novel to read now about how corruption can ruin a person,because we have to be right about everything instead of trying to work together for the better welfare of "everyone" in this country.It's a book that makes you realize not one way of [...]
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Andrew Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
All the King’s Men is often promoted as a novel about politics, occasionally even the quintessential novel of American politics. While I did enjoy the portrait of Willie Stark as an archetype political boss, more interesting, to me, is the struggle of the narrator, Jack Burden, to overcome his nihilistic doubts in the face of a world governed by power. Jack claims to overcome his nihilism (“the Great Twitch”) by coming to an understanding of the morality of his own life (the personal and i [...]
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Mike Hart Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
Read this passage:A woman only laughs that way a few times in her life. A woman only laughs that way when something has touched her way down in the very quick of her being and the happiness just wells out as natural as breath and the first jonquils and mountain brooks. When a woman laughs that way it always does something to you. It does not matter what kind of a face she has got either. You hear that laugh and feel that you have grasped a clean and beautiful truth. You feel that way because tha [...]
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Lyn Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
Robert Penn Warren's, All the Kings Men won the 1947 Pulitzer prize, and could also have won that prize in the next three years.  Is this 400 pages of poetic prose or a great epic prosaic poem? This work would make a great primer for college English lit majors, I think Warren used every literary device and may have made up some more.  And like so many master performances of art or sport, he makes it look effortless, he makes it look easy. This was like watching Joe DiMaggio glide across the [...]
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Larry Bassett Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
I like politics. Or maybe it would be more accurate to say that I have been involved with politics for a long time at a lot of different levels. Mostly my heart is with third party politics. This book has a special interest to me although I have never read it. The title is very familiar to me but I can’t say exactly why that is.I have come to believe that anyone who is successful in politics and has been elected is probably someone who is intellectually dishonest. After all, can you imagine so [...]
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Brinda Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
This book was unlike anything I have ever read before and I doubt I will read many of its caliber ever again. It is an epic, biblical, human yet quintessentially American saga, disguised in the bizarre circumstances surrounding a particular brand of local Southern politics. In Willie Stark, Penn Warren has created the ultimate American antihero -- describing to the tee the populist circus the campaign trail becomes, with Willie playing off the parasitic needs of potential voters and staffers and [...]
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Jonfaith Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
Jack Burden is one of my favorite characters. He hovers as a reflection of what could've been, yet his finality terrifies me. The scenes detailing Burden smoking in the dark and the winds arriving from the Canadian north are amazing. Warren eyes both Faulkner and Gibbon. His study of power echoes the Bard, though his poetic flourishes are native-born. He eyes his betters and replicates to placate Carson and Marsa Bill. All The Kings Men is regarded as the best example of the political novel. I'm [...]
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Mister Jones Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
For my money, I think this is the greatest book in Southern Literature exceeding Faulkner. All the King's Men is much more than the usual purported centrality of Willie Stark's political motives and final demise, and the usual shallow analogies to Huey Long; if anything, the novel's narrator, Jack Bundren, is a cynical person whose life has unraveled. I think the one scene with Jack's father will always stay vivid as the epitome of Southern Grotesque. It is a multi-layer novel--with clarity and [...]
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Gloria Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
Well written.but like I needed another reason to be cynical and depressed over politics right now.
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Kellie Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
I go through a lot of anxiety when I decide to quit a book in the middle of it. I really did give this one a chance. I really like the leader of my book club, who chose this book, however, I just couldn’t take it anymore. I never read such a bunch of babble before in my life. If all the babble was pulled out of this book, it would probably be 100 pages. As opposed to it’s 437. This quote is an example… “If there weren’t any other people there wouldn’t be any you because what you do, [...]
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Teresa Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
I first read this in Oct '06 and just re-read it for a discussion that was held in conjunction with this year's Louisiana Book Festival. It's amazing what one forgets in just 2 years, but what I didn't forget was Warren's lyrical way with words and structure, and the questioning, many times sardonic voice of his narrator, Jack Burden. It was a pleasure to read it again.It took me so long to read this book in the first place because I thought it was going to be 'just' a fictionalized account of H [...]
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Amy Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
Look out world, I have a new favorite book. All The King's Men by Robert Penn Warren may be long, but it is worth every word. This book begins as the story of Willie Stark, a politician who enters politics as an idealist but ends up becoming the very thing he fought against. Yet, this isn't so much Willie's story as the story of the narrator, Jack Burden, Willie's right hand man. Jack strives to be a cold-hearted cynic but he is driven by a moral idealism. The writing style of this book is beaut [...]
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Kathleen Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
Wow, this is a fantastic book! The story and the characters are first-rate, but it is the language that really got me. Sentence after sentence of verbiage that is so evocative, so perfect, you just want to savor it, to make it last, running its sweetness over your tongue and your teeth and just keeping the taste of it around as long as possible.I knew for sure that this was going to be a rare and wonderful read when Jack Burden, the narrator, described his own nose as a hooked, askew, cartilagin [...]
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Irene Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
It is clear why this political novel based on the career of Huey Long is a classic. The colloquial voice of the narrator was perfect and utterly engaging. The characters were brilliantly nuanced. And the language, the similes and turn of phrase were fantastic.
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Alan Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
"Red" Warren was a friend of my doctoral advisor Leonard Unger, I think from the Vanderbilt connection before they were U Minnesota colleagues in the 50's, along with Saul Bellow and Allen Tate. Of course, Warren was known for the most famous poetry introduction ever written, Brooks and Warren, and Leonard's reading of poems built on it with an added soupçon of Catskill wit. After B&W came Brower's fine Fields of Light, which lay behind my Amherst College lit intro. The Amherst approach con [...]
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Joe Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
“Politics is a matter of choices, and a man doesn't set up the choices himself. And there is always a price to make a choice. You know that. You've made a choice, and you know how much it cost you. There is always a price.” This quote really is the thesis of this book. Choices matter. I think this is an extremely important American book that should be read by everybody. It is as essential to the American experience as "The Great Gatsby." In fact, it reminded me of that book in many regards: [...]
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Josh Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
Don’t get too caught up in the belief that this book is, as the back of my copy suggests, “The definitive novel about American politics”. Oh, it’s “definitive” alright, and it’s both “American” and “politics”, but those words limit rather than describe the places this novel takes you.First an admission on my part- there were three motivations which led me to tackle this 600 page beast: 1) It was selected as one of the monthly group reads within the group “On the Southern [...]
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Terris Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
This is a political novel of the 1930's American South, told by narrator Jack Burden, about the life, times, and doings of Governor Willie Stark for whom Burden worked. There are several twists and turns that I did not expect. I also expected it to be drier and harder to read. I was pleasantly surprised to be so intrigued by the story that moved right along. And even though it is political, much of it is to do with Burden's life, family, and philosophic discoveries about life. This book was a 19 [...]
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Teri Apr 10, 2020 - 20:06 PM
For Banned Book Week!I think 3.5 stars. Look, I'm not the brightest bulb okay, I know this, you know this. I remember in high school my history teacher made us watch The Wizard of Oz and write about how it was a metaphor for populism or something, I didn't get it. I still don't, all I thought was he was ruining a fantastic movie by reading too much into it. My point? It's entirely possible I have completely missed the point of the book. I got out of it what I got out of it.The writing: I did lik [...]
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All the King's Men By Robert Penn Warren More than just a classic political novel, Warren s tale of power and corruption in the Depression era South is a sustained meditation on the unforeseen consequences of every human act, the vexing connectedness of all people and the possibility it s not much of one of goodness in a sinful world Willie Stark, Warren s lightly disguised version of Huey Long, the onetime LouiMore than just a classic political novel, Warren s tale of power and corruption in the Depression era South is a sustained meditation on the unforeseen consequences of every human act, the vexing connectedness of all people and the possibility it s not much of one of goodness in a sinful world Willie Stark, Warren s lightly disguised version of Huey Long, the onetime Louisiana strongman governor, begins as a genuine tribune of the people and ends as a murderous populist demagogue Jack Burden is his press agent, who carries out the boss s orders, first without objection, then in the face of his own increasingly troubled conscience And the politics For Warren, that s simply the arena most likely to prove that man is a fallen creature Which it does.

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