Kings in Disguise (2006) 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… 2006-04-01 W.W. Norton
Book Review

Kings in Disguise (2006)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Apr 01, 2006; Writer: James Vance; Publisher: W.W. Norton

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.

Originally posted Jun 16, 2006 Published in issue #883 Jun 23, 2006 Order article reprints