All the King's Men

by robert penn warren | Literature & Fiction |
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Registered by veleta of Willesden, Greater London United Kingdom on 12/6/2023
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Journal Entry 1 by veleta from Willesden, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, December 6, 2023
I never exactly understood how populism works in politics. I always felt "you are voting for it, so why are you complaining?" This novel indirectly explains how it works.

It is curious, because you can also claim that Willie Stark is the best politician ever, and that he builds all the roads, schools and hospitals that he promised. Which politician can you name that is capable of doing everything he has promised?

I guess that Stark brings industrialisation to the state, and like in The Lord of the Rings, that is not a good thing. It's too much, too fast, too quickly, before people have time to adapt.

The consciousness and heart of the story is Jack Burden, a journalist specialised in politics that will cross the line and become involved in the whole thing. Stark has no limits, his ambition will not stop at anything, and that's where the problem begins: he will railroad anybody who will not push his agenda.

Obviously, there is a love interest that gets completely smashed by the circumstances.

This novel will never get old.

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