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All the King's Men (Penguin Modern Classics)

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The Case of the Vanishing Narratee: An Inquiry into 'All the King's Men'" Southern Literary Journal (1974): 42–69. As Louis Armstrong is reported to have said, there's some folks that, if they don't know, you can't tell 'em . Reason Book was Chosen: I asked Joel Tomlin, owner of Landmark Booksellers in Franklin, Tennessee, what books by southern authors he suggested I read. It would benefit from more wheeling and dealing on [Stark’s] part, more scenes of gritty in-the-trenches governance.

The cover of at least one edition, for example, proclaims that it is a novel about "the rise and fall of an American dictator! This image becomes for him the encapsulating metaphor for the idea that "all life is but the dark heave of blood and the twitch of the nerve. It is a gripping and thought-provoking story that delves into the complexities of human nature and the corrupting influence of power.All the King's Men is a novel that bears rereading; indeed, several readings are necessary before even the best readers begin to see and put together all of the various facets of the novel. Much like the 1920s and 30s, we live in a period of great change when all previously-held cultural norms and precedents seem to be shifting under our feet.

Their stories reinforce one another, but they also clash and set up reverberations that echo throughout the novel, thus enhancing the thematic richness and depth of the novel. It is the story of a man who lived in the world, and to him the world looked one way for a long time and then it looked another and very different way. Anne is Jack Burden's childhood sweetheart and the daughter of Willie Stark's political predecessor, Governor Stanton. Jack Burden's story introduces an examination of the role of history in individual lives and in the life of a social group.

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. Under the guidance of political adviser Sadie Burke, Willie learns the ways of politics and soon gets elected as governor. Hoping you’re enjoying the break, eating some chocolate and teasing Tommy and Tuppence with the wrappers while reading for fun – not feeling as if you have to review. Politics merely provided the framework story in which the deeper concerns, whatever their final significance, might work themselves out.

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