Sunday, August 27, 2006

Best Political Novels

The Wall Street Journal released a list of the five best political novels:

Anthony Trollope’s The Prime Minister, Charles McCarry’s Shelley’s Heart, Qiu Xiaolong’s Death of a Red Heroine, Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon, and Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men.

The only one I've read of those five is All the King's Men, which is based on the story of Huey Long, the legendary demogogue governor of Louisiana. I have to say that I was enormously disappointed to find out that the bulk of the story revolves around the personal life of one of the governor's personal assistants.

BlogSheroes listed a few other suggestions that differed from the Journal. To Kill a Mockingbird, Brave New World, 1984, Animal Farm, The Grapes of Wrath.

As the blogger explains, although the books do not explicitly deal with politics, they are certainly political.


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