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#DailyBookQuote 6Aug13 : Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men

#DailyBookQuote : 6Aug13

 Robert Penn Warren All the Kinds Men Robert Penn Warren

–          Robert Penn Warren (Apr 24, 1905 – Sep 15, 1989)

–          Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men

It is much 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 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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