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All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
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May 15, 2009

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bookshelves: fiction, historical-fiction
Read from January 25 to February 12, 2012 , read count: 1

** spoiler alert ** This was a sad novel about the rise and fall of southern politician Willie Stark, told from the perspective of his friend and employee, Jack. It was tough to decide if Jack was a good friend for sticking by Willie when he was selfish and shady, or if that fact made him a complete ass. Eventually Willie is murdered, but its not a typical, wrap it up ending since his death so negatively impacts his friends and acquaintances. Yet from his death, other characters move on and grow emotionally.

This is a tough book to rate. I did not particularly enjoy reading it because it had a tediously slow plot line and times was a bit boring. Some of the political stuff also confused me. However, when I finished, I felt like I had just read a great piece of literature. I give it a B-.
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