Wolf Steiner Steiner von Hénaménil, Frankreich
Wow, this is a fantastic book! The story and the characters are first-rate, but it is the language that really got me. Sentence after sentence of verbiage that is so evocative, so perfect, you just want to savor it, to make it last, running its sweetness over your tongue and your teeth and just keeping the taste of it around as long as possible. I knew for sure that this was going to be a rare and wonderful read when Jack Burden, the narrator, described his own nose as a hooked, askew, cartilaginous montrosity. (I also knew instantly that the casting of the recent film adaptation of this novel was really, really off, as the part of Jack was played by Jude Law [I mean, really - cartilaginous monstrosity = Jude Law???]). Jack tells the story of Willie Stark, a country boy who becomes a politician (based on Huey P. Long, Willie Stark would seem like a caricature if we didn't sadly know better). But the story of "All the King's Men" is much more than just Willie Stark's story, much more than a tale of avarice and political corruption, it is more than a love story, more than a study of good and evil, though it is all these things. But it is also Jack's story and Jack is someone you want to spend 600+ pages with. I could not recommend this book more highly.