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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It is a gripping and thought-provoking story that delves into the complexities of human nature and the corrupting influence of power.

Nothing in life is ever neat and simple, and Warren's structural complexity of the novel helps to demonstrate that idea, and, at the same time, it adds depth to the characters and to the themes. The central character of Willie Stark (often simply referred to as "the Boss") undergoes a radical transformation from an idealistic lawyer and weak gubernatorial candidate into a charismatic and extraordinarily powerful governor.The film won three Oscars that year: Best Picture, Best Actor ( Broderick Crawford), and Best Supporting Actress ( Mercedes McCambridge). First published in 1946, the novel won the Pulitzer Prize in 1947 and was made into an Academy Award-winning film in 1949 and re-made in 2006 with an all-star castAll the King's Men is considered the finest novel ever written on American politics. 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.

The humble ‘Willie Stark’ is at first teetotal, with Jack Burden and Willie’s first meeting in 1922 being defined by Stark’s rejection of alcohol. Long, whose life was similar to that of Willie Stark, "Every Man a King", but that vicarious achievement will eventually fail. Set in the 1930s, this book traces the rise and fall of Willie Stark, who resembles the real-life Huey 'Kingfish' Long of Louisiana.When Jack notes that he has seen a picture of the Boss ’in a thousand places, from pool halls to palaces’ it is not difficult to imagine he is living in Trump’s 2020. This is very heavy-handed indeed, especially when Willie’s name is contrasted to that of the narrator: Jack Burden — the “burden” here being the burden of the past, and indeed Jack is sadly burdened by his.

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