I’m currently reading “All the King’s Men” by Robert Penn Warren. It’s won numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize. But, while Warren is a master at writing, I’m starting to get bored of the novel.
I’m about 253 pages in and just feel no attachment to the book. The characters are portrayed well, but I don’t feel for any of them. I definitely get into a book more when there’s a character I vehemently dislike and absolutely love. And this book doesn’t have that.
It follows the rise and fall of a politician named Willie Stark. I don’t really like Willie, but I don’t hate him. The book is about the lives of Willie and the men he associates with — and how politics affects their lives. But action? Adventure? Romance? None. And I’m not saying every book has to be chock full of these things, but this novel could use a little bit of something to quicken the pace.
Now the dilemma … do I struggle through it or let it go? If I struggle through it, it will take me a while to finish the book. But if I set it aside, maybe to read at another time, then I’ll be set back half a book for my reading challenge.
Has anyone read it? Is it worth finishing? (I have 400 pages to go…)