Penn Warren was first a poet; his prose is poetic--and truly incomparable. The humanity in this tale of powerful men seen through the eyes of a good man and good women tugs strongly at goodness in the soul of the reader.
This book has everything : plot, character development and absolutely magical language. Try it at 1.5 speed; it will wash over you. So moving and powerful!
well written. evocative imagery. I despised the main characters for the first quarter of the book. dirty southern politics... just when I thought of giving up, the segue into the story of Cass began to interest me. as the story continued, there were surprises and interesting twists. definitely some tragic moments, made more tragic by the complexity of the characters. i couldn't quite hate any of the characters, but i couldn't really love any of them either. life like, i suppose. emotionally probing. nuanced. full of aching emptiness. you can tell this was written by a poet. the only reason I continued to read (listen) was because this was recommended by a good friend and because the author is a poet. in the end I was glad I read it. and glad to be done. the narrator did well with differentiating the many character voices. perhaps a bit too falsetto with the women. some of the language was so harsh I wished I was reading it so I could skim over. hard to hear some parts out loud. but that's no fault of the narrator
Good lord, could that man write! I can't remember ever read such lyrical prose. Absolutely beautiful. And the reading was excellent. Spot on!
Meandering tale of people & politics in 1930s southern U.S. 2 stories really: one of the narrator & another of a populist governor said to be based on Huey Long. (I didn't research him.) In the end seemed nihilistic & pessimistic. Interesting characters, though. Some stereotyped. Others multifaceted. Not gripping. Takes a while to get into.
Love every genre - read a book every 2 weeks or so- I mix between business books, classics, modern fiction, and biographies
I'm amazed when I read a book that's 4 generation old and the language and issues feel like they could have been written today.
This book was different than any book I have read in that I had to really struggle to like the main characters. I love books that show the good and bad in characters and still have you rooting for them to choose good.
The author deserves every award he received. Snot only were there great characters and a great plot, but his style and tone were fantastic. I'm not a fan of the overuse of metaphors and words for the sake of words. The author was never ambiguous, and just when you though he was going too far, he knew when to cut it off and move on.
The narrators slight accent and fantastic timing made the story even better.
I have loved this novel since I first read it in high school. No book more purely captures human nature and each person's quest for meaning. The narrator Jack Burton takes the reader on a dispassionate tour of the heights and depths of his human passions, from Machiavellian politics to periods of depression to lifelong friendships to falling in love. The audio version provides an added dimension of serenity to the reader's experience with the novel. Though this recording is many hours long, I will listen more than once.
Excellent writing by an excellent reader. Robrt Penn Warren's apt descriptions of summer in the South, pre-air conditioning, made me laugh as they brought back memories of my youth spent in Alabama. Warren's similies and metaphors are wonderful and the story, though thoroughly southern, transends region.