A brilliant and penetrating look behind the scenes of modern American politics, Primary Colors is a funny, wise, and dramatic story with characters and events that resemble some familiar, real life figures When a former congressional aide becomes part of the staff of the governor of a small Southern state, he watches in horror, admiration, and amazement, as the governor mixes calculation and sincerity in his not so above board campaign for the presidency.From the Hardcover edition....
|Title||:||Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Publisher||:||Random House Trade Paperbacks Auflage Anniversary 17 Oktober 2006|
|Number of Pages||:||384 Seiten|
|File Size||:||967 KB|
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Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics Reviews
Whenever I read a novel, my first instinct is to examine the title and link it somehow with the probable plot of the story. Upon first setting sight upon "Primary Colors," I had absolutely no clue as to its meaning. On one hand, a close-minded readermight say "Alas, it refers to the presidential primary season." I knew better, however. By the end of page 507, I knew the truth, much like the American public of President Clinton's true character."Primary Colors" centers upon one word: blood. Every little nuanceof this tale relates somehow to the theme of red -- itself a "primary color." From the blood-thirsty sport of politics, to the blood-dependent amniocentesis of Loretta McCollister's child, to the blood pint donation of Freddy Picker in wake of Lawrence Harris's stroke, to Picker's acceptance of "blood money" as a bribe in 1978,to Libby Holden's suicide by aortic gunshot, even the rumors of Picker having AIDS- it all fits right in. Red was the "primary color" of this novel, and appropriately at that. This story, though fiercly entertaining and humorously written, is a bold and realistic look at the basic state of human nature: In the end, we're all out for blood...Eric Lomazoff, Age 17, [email protected]
In the age of peace, the end of the cold war, and freedom reining over more and more of the world, we somehow forget the importance of our leadership and the respect needed for that leadership. All men have skeletons in their closets, even presidents. If the press had less respect for those who ran the U.S.A. in our history, we would have seen a "Clinton" long before now. All of our leaders were in some way "bad boys", most having mistresses but the press didn't bring these men down because of respect for the position of President. We no longer have respect for those running our country, giving other countries the idea that we are week at our most important point. It is a very bad idea to allow the world the idea of weak leadership. Nothing good could come of it. As far as I'm concerned, we the voters put a man in this position, and we should stand up for his position if nothing else. He is a "man" after all, not God. He is not perfect, any more than those criticizing him. Books that demean as bad as this one should wake Americans up from their high-and-mighty ideas and take a reality check..."We are only as strong as our weakest link", and the world knows that link is our loyalty.
I've been reading _about_ this book since it first appeared; I hadavoided it, because it didn't sound like anything I was interested in.All the ethical questions about it remain. And, particularly when the figures are so identifiable, I find the details of some of the episodes disturbing. Klein knows perfectly well that we're all going to wonder whether "Stanton's" real-life counterpart could _really_ have done something like _that_. Nevertheless, this is a fine novel. It works very well _as a novel_. In fact, I enjoyed it every bit as much as Edwin O'Connor's "The Last Hurrah" and I would put the two books in the same category. Thirty years from now, when the Clintons are as vague a memory as Curley is today, I think people will still be reading this novel for its value as a slice of late-twentieth-century life. But I still want to know: do they really call the press "scorps" or did Joe Klein just make that up?
I read this book a few months after it was published, and found it very hard to put down. Never mind working out who all the characters were supposed to be (although with some there wasn't much difficulty!), it was a fascinating insight into the murky world of political campaigning, of the reality that there are no perfect people out there - and if there were, they probably wouldn't want to be president.It was a novel approach to take the perspective of an idealistic campaigning lawyer drafted in to help with the Stanton bid; someone steeped in the political process and 'how to,' but who had rarely been exposed to the murkier sets of compromises and deals which candidates and their teams engage in.I loved it, and now I'm waiting for Klein's sequel, The Running Mate, to arrive in paperback.
Anonymous has certainly broken away from the mainstream and written a "novel about politics" which, I think, may quite possibly be the closest thing to factual reporting of the process of primaries and political campaigning in the US that one can find in popular literature about politics, and its even got everything in it: sex, romance, drama, mud-slinging. More importantly, Anonymous has succeeded in bringing across to readers what politics should really be about: substance, and not mud-slinging and under-the-table cheapshots. And a wonderful closing sentence at novel's end as well: a final demonstration, perhaps, by Anonymous of Governor Stanton's "impervious", though not necessarily impeccable, character. "Primary Colours" makes for good fodder for academics of policy studies.
The novel was a little bit complicated for people who are not absolutelly familiar with the american election system. Even though I knew that this was related to the 1992 campaign of Bill Clinton, I think that it is not the most important point. As I am not a US citizen, I was able to keep a distance from the "true part" of the book. Except from Bill and Hillary I couldn't know whom the other characters were supposed to represent. The book is thrilling from the first page, there are nearly no descriptive parts, only dialogues most of the time. Intelligent, sharp, witty and touching. As I was coming to the end, I just wasn't able to put it away. I finished reading it at 3 a.m. It is very hard to express its qualities. You better read it yourself!