“Loved it. Reads like philosophical poetry.”Joseph S wrote this review Wednesday, October 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Idealism has no place in modern policy! u will understand better this saying after reading this book.”chamomile wrote this review Tuesday, October 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The best book on American electoral politics ever written. Watching the sausage-makers make sausage.”Bill Keeney wrote this review Monday, September 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is one of the books I've read many times. It's a story of public and personal corruption, and no punches are pulled. The "King" is Willie Stark, a not very fictional stand-in for Louisiana Governor Huey Long, who begins as a backwoods innocent and ends as a flawed politician. Along the way, his personal integrity is diminished as well. The narrator, Jack Burden, observes Willie's rise and fall with a wry detachment, until he realizes that he shares Willie's all too human combination of the ideal and the truth.”Alan Thompson wrote this review Saturday, August 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My husband read this years before me and thought the author, Robert Penn Warren was too descriptive. I agree that some spots were descriptive but there was beauty in the words that made the book likable. I really felt for the main character Jack Burden, especially the flashback of his first love. It made you wonder if things had gone differently with them would certain people be alive or doing something different.
The things I disliked were probably the things I was suppose to dislike. For example, the corruption in politics and in life. Relationships in the book were for the most part pretty bleak and sad.
I can not say I loved this book or that I disliked it. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would and found some beauty in the misery of Jack’s life.”
“WSJ guest recommendation as one of the top five book's about the American Civil War.”Jjerden wrote this review Monday, April 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was a small-town newspaper reporter when I read this, but I could never capture what RPW did with this book. He knew all that stuff about road contracts and school boards and what things "really" meant. I ate up the parts about Lex. I did find the "trick" of postponing or not telling the event in question highly annoying. ”Slacker Mom wrote this review Tuesday, March 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fantastic book. It's great to read a classic that is timeless and relevant to the corrupt social and political establishment.”Luke S wrote this review Thursday, February 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"There is nothing more alone than being in a car at night in the rain. I was in the car. And I was glad of it. Between one point on the map and another point on the map, there was the being alone in the car in the rain. They say you are not you except in terms of relation to other people. If there weren't any other people there wouldn't be any you because what you do, which is what you are, only has meaning in relation to other people. That is a very comforting thought when you are in the car in the rain at night alone, for then you aren't you, and not being you or anything, you can really lie back and get some rest. It is a vacation from being you." pg 192. "The person who loves you has picked you out of the great mass of uncreated clay which is humanity to make something out of, and the poor lumpish clay which is you wants to find out what it has been made into. But at the same time, you, in the act of loving somebody, become real, cease to be a part of the continuum of the uncreated clay and get the breath of life in you and rise up. So you create yourself by creating another person, who, however, has also created you, picked up the you-chunk of clay out of the mass. So there are two you's, the one you yourself create by loving and the one the beloved creates by loving you. The farther those two you's are apart the more the world grinds and drudges on its axis. But if you loved and were loved perfectly then there wouldn't be any difference between the two you's or any distance between them. They would coincide perfectly, there would be a perfet focus, as when a stereoscope gets the twin images on the card into perfect alignment." page 424. ”Katie Douglass wrote this review Tuesday, January 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“For the historian there is hardly a more important novel, to my mind there's hardly a better one, period. "For nothing is lost, nothing is ever lost. There is always the clue, the canceled check, the smear of lipstick, the footprint in the canna bed, the condon [sic] on the park path, the twitch in the old wound, the baby shoes dipped in bronze, the taint in the blood stream. And all times are one time, and all those dead in the past never lived before our definition gives them life, and out of the shadow their eyes implore us. That is what all of us historical researchers believe. And we love truth."”Alec Shuldiner wrote this review Tuesday, January 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No