All the King's Men: Restored Edition

All the King s Men Restored Edition Winner of the Pulitzer Prize All the King s Men is one of the most famous and widely read works in American fiction It traces the rise and fall of demagogue Willie Stark called Willie Talos in t

  • Title: All the King's Men: Restored Edition
  • Author: Robert Penn Warren Noel Polk
  • ISBN: 9781417825868
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winner of the 1947 Pulitzer Prize, All the King s Men is one of the most famous and widely read works in American fiction It traces the rise and fall of demagogue Willie Stark called Willie Talos in this restored edition a fictional Southern politician who resembles the real life Huey Kingfish Long of Louisiana Talos begins his career as an idealistic man of theWinner of the 1947 Pulitzer Prize, All the King s Men is one of the most famous and widely read works in American fiction It traces the rise and fall of demagogue Willie Stark called Willie Talos in this restored edition a fictional Southern politician who resembles the real life Huey Kingfish Long of Louisiana Talos begins his career as an idealistic man of the people, but he soon becomes corrupted by success and caught in a lust for power All the King s Men is as relevant today as it was fifty years ago Robert Penn Warren s masterpiece has been restored by literary scholar Noel Polk, whose work on the texts of William Faulkner has proved so important to American literature Polk presents the novel as it was originally written, revealing even greater complexity and subtlety of character All the King s Men is a landmark in letters.

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    1. This book grabbed me by the collar and pulled me in when I picked it up at the bookstore and I couldn't breathe until I finished it.This is exactly what American politics, in the essential or fundamental sense, are about. Innocense gets you into the game, experience gets you further, ruthlessness gets you ahead.Its narrated with zest and sarcasm and this particular version is great because it throws in all of Warren's original extras- references, allusions, extra plot points, details, etc. More [...]

    2. My main message to would-be readers is to think carefully about which version of All the King’s Men to read. I chose the “restored” version, thinking that it was more authentic. The other choice would have been the final edition approved by the author after editorial review. That is the one familiar to generations of readers. Since I read one version and not the other, it’s hard for me to compare and contrast them. However, I call your attention to the fact that in an exchange carried ou [...]

    3. This is one of my favorite books. In addition to writing novels, Robert Penn Warren was a poet laureate. When I was first introduced to this book I was told that it was a lyrical novel, which I assume means that its prose have rhythm and tempo. In addition to being a captivating story, the style of the book is constantly engaging. I love the description at the beginning of the novel when the characters are driving down a highway road in Mississippi at night. The author sets the tempo of the mome [...]

    4. Up to where I have reached, I think this novel deserves five stars.The first 100 pages were very slow and I wanted to give up bu then.Willie TalosJack BurdenTiny DuffSugar BoySadieWho is the protagonist? I think it's Willie Talos. The story is being nattated by Jack Burden who works for Willie Talos. He is a private investigator. Tiny Duff and Sadie Burke are campaign managers. Sugar Boy is Willie Talos' driver. Politics has affected the lives of these characters in one way or another. They have [...]

    5. This is an important book. And not just because I spent my last year of my undergraduate career reading and researching it in order to write a thesis on historical fiction, and not because it was recommended to me by the most influential teacher of my life, and not because Warren won a Pulitzer Prize due to it. It just is an important book. It didn't keep my attention the whole time, and I will be the first to admit that I skimmed over several sections, and it didn't provoke the emotional reacti [...]

    6. by Robert Penn WarrenNarrator Jack Burton traces the political career of Willy Stark who goes from country bumpkin to kingpin. The story shows the underbelly of politics and how right and wrong blend together. Willy Stark described his relationship between goodness and badness; "Goodness. Yeah, just plain, simple goodness. Well you can’t inherit that from anybody. You got to make it, Doc. If you want it. And you got to make it out of badness. Badness." Willy Stark, by justifying his badness to [...]

    7. Strange to be reading this book in this particular political season. But nobody here appears more evil than anyone we currently think of as a member of our political class. Chalk that up to television shows and movies, as well as the 24 hour news media--all of this has skewed our expectations. Now we simply expect flagrant awfulness, and are looking for the negatives, the flaws, the self-interested agenda. But here even the worst characters are far from caricature. Flawed, yes, but committed bel [...]

    8. The great American novel, yes. A still relevant story about how the idealist becomes tainted by his involvement in politics, and what it's like for his most ardent followers to wake up to that, yes. Richly drawn characters who earn your empathy, absolutely. But my reason for loving this book is as simple as the fact that Warren's language is some of the most sensuous, essentially Southern prose that I've read.

    9. this book brings me to ruin every single timeme notes from this time around:sister asking why i mark pages in books i rereadbrother in law asking why i would ever read a book more than once i think about this book every day. no joke

    10. All the King’s Men was not the political novel I expected, but instead, a philosophical epic. There are so many deep, introspective thoughts that it seems like Warren’s novel breathes with emotion without having a character shed a tear. This book is full of life, but not in the way you imagine.Warren’s work of fiction focuses heavily on Jack Burden, the trusted friend and hired hand of Governor Willie Talos. Jack Burden is a former journalist with a philosophical outlook on life and a prop [...]

    11. Robert Penn Warren's classic political novel, All the King's Men, is grounded in two things. The first thing is the notion of the angry underdog rising up to become a political scourge of the rich and entitled and along the way losing his personal bearings by womanizing too much, drinking too much, and thumping his enemies too hard he ends up hoisted on the petard of his machiavellian maneuverings and what could have been isn't what finally happens. Willie Stark ends up murdered (not assassinate [...]

    12. A story of American politics based loosely on the Louisiana politician Huey Long, who is a good man turned bad by his desire for poweris is what I thought the book was about. Fortunately, it was so much more. A page-turning story of family, loyalty, morality, truth, powerI could go on and on, the story was so rich. I already feel like I need to read it again, to pick up on all the things I missed. And the writing was fabulous. I usually prefer writing that is lean and concise, but Warren writes [...]

    13. I'm thinking when this book came out with the theme of a politically corrupt politician willing to do what it takes to hang on to power, it was a bit scandalous. Reading it today, I found the plot a little ho-hum, as corrupt politicians can be found in any party and are barely anything to blink an eye over, but was more disturbed by my inability to find compassion for any of the characters, including the narrator. I also made the mistake of reading the restored version, which I think meant every [...]

    14. Robert Penn Warren won the Pulitzer in 1947 for this masterpiece of American literature. Although its political and philosophical relevance to today is remarkable, I loved this book even more for its language. Listen to this:"It looked like those farm houses you ride by in the country in the middle of the afternoon, with the chickens under the trees and the dog asleep, and you know the men folks are out in the field and the woman has finished washing up the dishes and has swept the kitchen and h [...]

    15. I read this as a political protest. I knew that under the character of Willie Stark was the real Huey Long--the Kingfish and demagogue of Louisiana in the 1930s. I was particularly looking forward to the end--and was not disappointed. I was surprised, however. This is not just a book about Willie--it truly is a novel where well developed characters try to work out their own lives. When I finally shed my notions about this being a Huey book, I found myself engrossed. This book is considered a cla [...]

    16. Someone suggested this as a must read during an election year. Well, I took that advice to heart but found it was way too wordy for my taste. I read about 75 to 100 pages when I decided to just flip through it to get the story and then it went onto the shelf where it will stay.

    17. All the King's Men is the story of Jack Burden, a former newspaper reporter now working in politics in depression era Alabama. It is also the story of Willie Talos (or Stark in the original printing, I hear), the governor he works for. Willie begins his foray into politics in his twenties as a fresh-faced, sincere law student full of ideas for how to help his state. Eventually, though, he realizes that ideas and sincerity don't get you political power. He quickly wises up to the way the system w [...]

    18. 600 pages of confusion. Here is why you should not read All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren. It does have an interesting plot. However, it is not enough for me to recommend the book. It is focused on a politician and what he does in order to get votes. He is well liked by the people who vote for him, and you can see throughout the book his attempt to pander to the people and hide things. The problem is that this book is insanely descriptive. In most cases, descriptive writing works well i [...]

    19. fiction (1946) - swampy politics and fatal entanglements, as seen through the eyes of 1940s misogynist governor's ex-reporter aide. This was ok; the editor's remarks at the end were more interesting than the text, but I am not much of a literary analyst, so I'd have missed all that stuff with Jack's seemingly pointlessly meandering, self-absorbed narrative. There aren't really any good characters--the men are mostly jerks/caught up in blackmail/politics/dirty business and the women are dismissed [...]

    20. Took me a while to get into this Pulitzer winner, but it was well worth it. An excellent book. Extremely well-written and thought-provoking. A pretty accurate glimpse into the character of Southern political populism, which is all about the power and privilege that corrupt and wealthy elites accumulate on the backs of the people without really giving two whits about the lives of the people themselves. There is not a single character I found likable and relatable in the entire book. What is it ab [...]

    21. This is recognized as one of, if not the greatest political novel of all. I read it decades ago and after writing my novel which also centers around politics, I read the restored edition. This has a new opening chapter. The book is set in a bygone era of deep southern political corruption. It is loosely, or not so loosely, based on Louisiana's Huey Long who served as both Governor and Senator from that state in the 1920s-30s. The characters are fascinating, the dialogue crisp and the visual port [...]

    22. All the King's Men was a satisfying book to read. It wasn't as political (party-wise) as I was expecting, but it was still a good read. It was also good for me to be surprised. The book had many interesting twists, such as Willie gradually becoming corrupt. When Jack was betrayed, it was also shocking. It started fairly slow and had a lot of descriptive language, which I don't appreciate as much as I probably should. It also had a fair amount of slurs and curses. Regardless, it was still definit [...]

    23. I only realized half way through that the edition I was reading was the restored version. I have no idea how it compares to the non-restored version, but this was extraordinary. Somehow both a complex novel of the interior life and the nature of goodness and time, and a political drama, full of poetry and wit, it was nevertheless so compelling that I complained, late one night, that I couldn't find a place to stop reading. I recommend this edition heartily, and maybe someday will read the other [...]

    24. Amazing book. Moving. Beautifully written. Well-plotted. Unforgettable characters. Poetic. You can't go wrong.

    25. Felt disjointed because I read it in two goes that being said, it felt slow to me. Worth re-reading, but not too soon.

    26. In the age of Trump, this is a wonderful book. Especially the revised edition. It has been 45 years since I last read All the Kings Men and I found it much more profound today than when I was young.

    27. All the King's Men focuses on the lives of Willie Stark, an upstart farm boy who rises through sheer force of will to become Governor of an unnamed Southern state during the 1930s, and Jack Burden, the novel's narrator, a cynical scion of the state's political aristocracy who uses his abilities as a historical researcher to help Willie blackmail and control his enemies. The novel deals with the large question of the responsibility individuals bear for their actions within the turmoil of history, [...]

    28. I was really torn with rating this book. I blazed through the second half because if was really good, but it did take me 2 months to finish because the beginning was just too long. The version I read was a restored edition and having not read the original I'm not sure what was different in this edition. However, I surmise that this edition contains material that was likely cut from the original. At least that's what I tell myself because some of this book should have been cut from the beginning [...]

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