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Todos los hombres del rey
Todos los hombres del rey
Todos los hombres del rey
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Todos los hombres del rey

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Willie Stark –inspirado en una figura histórica, Huey Long, el célebre y discutido gobernador populista de Louisiana– es un personaje de poderosa y compleja personalidad: orador amado por las multitudes y dictador sin escrúpulos que se mantiene en el poder mediante la corrupción y el chantaje. Robert Penn Warren ha escrito una de las grandes novelas políticas del siglo XX y una original exploración del tema inagotable del conocimiento de uno mismo, donde se entrelazan varios destinos. En el centro, Willie Stark, abogado de origen humilde que llegará a gobernador del estado, que seduce a Anne Stanton, a su hermano Adam y a Jack Burden, los insatisfechos hijos de las familias poderosas del estado. Adam Stanton es el idealista puro y Jack Burden es un desarraigado que pretende ser sólo un espectador inteligente. Todos los hombres del rey, un clásico de la literatura americana, ha inspirado dos grandes películas: la primera fue dirigida por Robert Rossen; la segunda cuenta con la dirección de Steven Zaillian, y ha sido protagonizada por Sean Penn, Jude Law y Kate Winslet.
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Robert Penn Warren

(EE.UU., 1905-1989) es una de las figuras cumbres de la literatura norteamericana del siglo XX. Poseedor de una cultura amplísima y cosmopolita, fue un escritor polifacético: poeta, crítico, dramaturgo, profesor de literatura, director de una de las mejores revistas literarias norteamericanas, la Southern Review, y autor de diez novelas, entre ellas Todos los hombres del rey, indiscutiblemente su obra maestra, y la que le reveló al gran público. La primera edición, galardonada con el Premio Pulitzer, se publicó en 1946 y se convirtió en un clásico del siglo XX. En 2001, el académico Noel Polk, editor textual de las obras de William Faulkner, estableció la versión restaurada y definitiva de la novela, a partir de los originales mecanografiados del autor, depositados en la Universidad de Yale. A lo largo de una carrera literaria copiosamente galardonada, ha sido el único escritor que ha ganado el Pulitzer en las dos modalidades de novela y poesía.

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  • Calificación: 5 de 5 estrellas
    5/5
    An American classic, this roman a clef about the life of Louisiana governor Huey Long should be required reading for everyone interested in American history, American political life or good writing. One of my all time favorites.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    Excellent from start to finish. My favorite section: the summertime courtship of Anne Stanton.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    A superb novel about American politics.
  • Calificación: 5 de 5 estrellas
    5/5
    Best political novel I ever read.
  • Calificación: 5 de 5 estrellas
    5/5
    I read this book in senior year in high school. While it focuses on Huey Long, the most important lesson, in my view, is learning responsibility. The protagonist was told, with regard to an opponent, to "get something on him and make it stick". He did and learned that he ruined another person for little or no reason.
  • Calificación: 5 de 5 estrellas
    5/5
    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 tragically flawed politician trying to make amends. 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.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    Jack Burden was a student of history, then a newspaperman, before becoming an aide to Louisiana politico Willie Stark. He narrates the tale of Stark's rise and fall, although most of the book is more about Jack himself, his history and his struggles with the questionable activities that he undertakes for "The Boss." Jack experiences some severe bouts of depression, which is not expressly identified but rather called "Big Sleeps." He tells us a lot about his on-again, off-again relationship with Anne Stanton, daughter of a former governor and brother of a prominent doctor. Jack has accommodated himself to the slippery slope of ethics that Stark demands, but others have not, and the consequences of bringing these people together are severe.Jack has managed to ignore the implications of some of his activities, but he is becoming a more thoughtful and reflective man, and coming to the limits of what he will do. His reflections on his own actions show us a man gaining insight and ultimately rejecting the idea that because history in its big scope is amoral, individuals can be so as well. His story shows us a man coming to accept the idea of personal responsibility, and to take it in his choices.The style of the book reflects Jack's way of thinking, particularly in the extensive descriptions of many scenes. The book might have been improved by a little judicious trimming, but in all it is well written and compelling.
  • Calificación: 5 de 5 estrellas
    5/5
    Based loosely on the story of Huey Long, this is a classic novel of American politics that, though set over 60 years ago, still has relevance today; plus it's a heck of a good story.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    Not at all what I was expecting but very, very good nevertheless. The book takes a good long while to really get going, but the last third or so is terrific. It's about ideas vs. reality and it's about accepting the past so that one can move on into the future and it's about the fact that sometimes good people do bad things and bad people do good things.Somewhere I read that this is the greatest American novel of the post-World War II era. I don't quite accept that, my money is on To Kill a Mockingbird or Lonesome Dove, but I can see why some would vote for All the King's Men. There's a lot here I missed in my haste to get on with the story, some day hopefully I'll read it again.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    Each blurb on the back of my copy of "All the King's Men" lauds the enduring character of Willie Stark. For me, claiming this book is about Willie Stark is like claiming that "Sunset Blvd." is about Norma Desmond; each story would be nothing without the singular perspective of its narrator and his relation to the "main" character. Unlike William Holden's Joe Gillis, however, Warren's (aptly named) Jack Burden is a narrator with a lot of baggage. Sometimes, as in his research into the historical figure of Cass Mastern, this takes you way off course from the story, which already has enough of the complexity of a Hollywood noir film to be able to keep up with who the characters are and what they've all done wrong. Other times, as when Burden delves into his love for Anne Stanton, the reminiscences are not only pertinent to the plot but to the lives of every reader who has felt the same emotion, and one can't help but sit back and let the Joycean flow of words wash over them. I am not of Warren's school of New Criticism; I can't disentangle a book from authorial intent, and so the bizarre mishmash of Christianity and belief in the "Big Twitch" spouted by Burden and other characters in the book makes me wonder what on earth Warren was going for with some of the philosophy injected into the story. For its lack of clarity in the relationship of beliefs and memories and events throughout the whole of the novel, I can't quite say it felt like a five-star work; I felt like the character development was weakened by the narrative structure, as if Jack Burden were a French press whose coffee grounds filtered through to colour every other character's perspective, and I think this is a book that, however adroitly, merely describes a facet of what has become par for the course of American political life, rather than changing its reader's ideals. But for getting the nitty-gritty so right decades before the Kennedys put this kind of political scandal on the map, it is definitely worth a look.
  • Calificación: 5 de 5 estrellas
    5/5
    I'm jumping over here! This book spans 50 years and has some of the richest, gooiest descriptions I've ever read. Writing about the humidity, I swear I thought I was sweating despite the fact that my apartment was like 10 degrees. I could read this book over and over. History, politics, really great sly humor.
  • Calificación: 5 de 5 estrellas
    5/5
    I feel that I couldn't call myself a Louisiana resident without having read this. It is the South, it is the optimism of politics that turns into the harsh reality of politics, it is a gorgeously told story by a Poet Laureate, and it is not the real story of Huey P. Long, but close enough.Michael Emerson is an excellent narrator - I loved listening to him. I also bought the paper version so I can go back and savor some passages.
  • Calificación: 5 de 5 estrellas
    5/5
    Rated: A+As a poet, Robert Penn Warren fictional novel is filled with rich descriptions. But it is his intertwining plot lines that always reveal the unexpected. I rate this book in the top 10 fictional works I've read."The creation of man whom God in His foreknowledge knew doomed to sin was the awful index of God's omnipotence. For it would have been a thing of trifling and contemptible ease for Perfection to create mere perfection. To do so would, to speck truth, be not creation but extension. Separateness is identity and the only way for God to create, truly create, man was to make him separate from God Himself, and to be separate from God is to be sinful. The creation of evil is therefore the index of God's glory and His power. That had to be so that the creation of good might be the index of man's glory and power. But by God's help. By His help and His wisdom."
  • Calificación: 5 de 5 estrellas
    5/5
    Beautiful writing, universal story
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    I started reading this in college back in the 1990s and finally finished it last year (2015). One of my favorites.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    Great book about the intersection of personal and public history.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    I enjoyed listening to this. Beautiful use of words. Almost poetic language. And the southern accent doesn't hurt.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    A fictionalized account of the idealistic country lawyer, Huey Long, who entered Louisiana politics at the invitation of invidious plutocrats who thought they could use him to split the "rube" vote. In Penn's novel, Willie Stark rises to power, as narrated by his close right arm Jack Burden. This is a lyrically written tragedy which takes on the big issues of life.
  • Calificación: 5 de 5 estrellas
    5/5
    As Willie Stark, 1930s governor of a Southern state (Huey Long?) spirals downward from idealistic populist to powerful master of graft and corruption, the protagonist, Jack Burden, his chief aide, completing his own downward spiral, comes to terms with his family and himself. Well-written and compelling. Pulitzer Prize winner.
  • Calificación: 5 de 5 estrellas
    5/5
    A wonderful character story. Is Willie Stark a power hungry despot who uses his oration to deceive others? Or does he actually care about the little guy? Do his ends justify his means? The psychological profile of Stark and Jack Burden, his gopher/journalist probe at human nature and question if anyone can and does live a moral or principled life. Based on the story of Louisiana governor Huey Long, this novel has been turned into two powerful movies as well.
  • Calificación: 5 de 5 estrellas
    5/5
    This is a classic of Southern American literature that can hold its head proudly next to other works in the genre, Faulkner among them. This 1947 Pulitzer Prize winner tells the tragic parallel tales of Wille Stark, a boy from the farm who rises to great political power, and Jack Burden, an aristocratic journalist who becomes his right-hand man. It is a moving and complex tale of love, corruption, loss and redemption caught up in family, history and the quest for power. Although it's a commitment to read a book this long and dense, tit pays off with a great story, a brilliant subtext on humanity, a powerful peek into the excesses of political life, and a clear sense of what Southern literature can offer. Books like this are why I read: to understand just a little of what makes human beings tick. Marvelous.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    Thanks to the modern miracle of free online audiobooks that can be checked out through various libraries, I was able to listen to All the King's Men while working. Warren's book, not to be confused with Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward's 1974 investigation into Watergate - All the President's Men, is the story of the political rise and fall of the fictional governor Willie Stark, loosely based on Huey Long, former governor and U.S. Senator from Louisiana. Warren creates an interesting story that definitely brought to mind images of the rampant political corruption in Louisiana in the first half of the 1900s (and arguably even later) that I learned about in history class. He also show, I believe, his incredible literary skills by simply keeping his story straight. Warren makes extensive use of the "flashback" literary tool to the point that the reader tends to lose all sense of past and present. While I'm sure this is effective when reading the actual book, it caused me some problems as I listened. I often had trouble remembering where we were in time, especially after pausing to go home for the night. For this reason I definitely recommend reading the actual printed book. Something else that helped me to follow along generally was the fact that I had watched the Academy award-winning movie adaptation recently. While the movie leaves out multiple story lines and deviates from the plot of the book, seeing the movie helped me to envision what was going on in the book and anticipate the time-jumping. Warren did claim that he did not intend for this book to be a political story, but I feel that it and the movie are both important commentaries on how power can corrupt. If you have a chance, read the book and/or watch the movie.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    'All the King's Men' is not a political novel; rather it is a detective novel written in a style similar to Raymond Chandler's.Furthermore, I don't think that Willie Stark's story is a study of personal corruption. On the contrary - Willie remained almost saintly in his convictions and behavior until his end. The novel indicts the Southern nobility and the world of politics in general, rather than Willie in particular.A couple of chapters (the civil war chapter, and the trip to Long Beach/ teenage romance chapter) could've been cut right out with no detriment to the book. In fact, the book would have been better if it focused on Willie and not on Jack Burden.
  • Calificación: 5 de 5 estrellas
    5/5
    Accidentally picking this up at the library in the audio book section, I gave the first CD a listen and was hooked throughout all 18 CD's in this large, vast and powerful read.All The King's Men was originally pulped in 1946 by Robert Penn Warren, and it is a tale about the corruption of a powerful manI have to get really geeky here and talk about some pop TV for a second. The character Benjamin Linus on ABC's Lost is played by Michael Emerson is one of my favorite TV characters of all time.I was pleased to find out that All The King's Men, the audio book version is read by none other than the Michael Emerson. And since the story is told in first person, Emerson becomes the central charaacter of the story, Jack Burden. There was a movie made recently based on this book, and Burden was played by Jude Law, I believe, and the movie tanked.I'll tell you why it tanked, because Emerson didn't play Jack Burden. His voice and inflection are perfect and it would be hard to imagine no other as the character because Emerson embodies Burden so well, simply by audio. Imagine what he could do on the big screen.That being said, let me tell you how awesome this book was. Coming at it from a point where I knew nothing of the story, it was a great trip into mind of Burden. Burden is a news reporter who, as a young man, gets hooked up with Willie Stark, a politician on the rise who begins his career as a straight shooter, someone even Lincoln would be proud of.But as the story goes on, flashing back and forth from the past to the present, making the book feel timeless and move quickly despite its length, we find Stark turning into the thing we feared he would become most, a politician. Stark's rise and downfall are chronicled by Burden, who tells how his past and present life mix in and blend together with Starks, touching at all points.Burden's thoughts and comments about life and the goings on in the story are often pessimistic and hopeless, and that's perhaps what this book does so well, in that it eventually saves Jack Burden but allows Stark to fall off the deep end, and not a page too late for either.Warren can write southern dialect with the best of them: McCarthy, Faulkner, and the conversations in the book feel real and genuine. Nothing reads so good as some southern fried dialog.This book is deep and touches on many aspects of life: parenthood, death, pride, love, loss of love, philosophy, history, and politics. The characters are singular, and I don't think we'll see another Jack Burden in literature for a long time--someone so callused on the outside but vulnerable as well, with quick wit, a lack of regard for any authority, and one who eventually admits he was wrong about everything.I loved this book, and will read it again in the future. If you are a fan of audio books, you must do this one in your ears. I never experienced a better experience with a narrator than I did with Emerson's Burden. Pick it up, and enjoy.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    Amazing book set in the 1930s following a politician's handyman. While the book is marketed as the definitive novel in American Politics, it deals very little of the side the public sees and more so on the more shady unknown side. It is a really well written book, that even when the subject gets taken off path and seems very unimportant, it is still a captivating read. The book really shows how the little things can make or break a politician while also showing how power can get to a person's head and start to change them.