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All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
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Jun 07, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: books-read-in-2010
Read in June, 2010

If you want to compare books to food and say that the Twilight series for instance is brain candy, than this book is brain steak. Both are good and both have a place, but this book is definitely meatier and well, amazing. The writing is what is so incredible about this book--the author is also a poet and it shows in the long descriptive passages of the light reflecting off a cow's eye in the car headlights at night--amazing imagery. The book is also constructed almost like a puzzle with pieces being given to the reader out of order and only when the book is over, do we see the big picture. I'm not going to lie, though, it took me almost a month to get through the first 100 pages or so, but then I was hooked (by the story of Jack's ancestor) and after that, I finished it in just a few days. So if you are feeling a craving for something a little meatier, but definitely worth the effort, I'd really recommend it.

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