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Kings in Disguise

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Kings in Disguise

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
James Vance
publisher:
W.W. Norton

We gave it an A

In 1932, abandoned 12-year-old Freddie hops a boxcar alongside a tormented hobo who calls himself King Sammy of Spain, and discovers what made the Depression depressing: soup lines, mob violence, and a doomed shantytown.

For Fans of…
Road to Perdition, The Grapes of Wrath.

Does It Deliver?
Vance’s adaptation of his play is gritty and unsparing, but Burr’s woodcut-like artwork renders even its wrenching climax brittle and static.