The magnificent second novel from the legendary author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Following the astonishing success of his first novel, One. Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey. Andrew Imbrie Dayton; May 1, This monthly feature invites readers to (re)discover a work that’s so rich and. “Sometimes a Great Notion” () has always played a second novel fiddle to ” One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (), especially after the.

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These small businessmen are thus eager to confront the union.

Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey

And while that makes sense within Kesey’s chosen stylistic framework the story is told by a woman flipping through a photograph albumthere’s just too much sometimrs the rambling and not enough plot advancement. The Stampers decide to continue to work and to cut and to supply trees to the regional mill keseh opposition to the striking unionized workers. Whether you like the book is up to you: You can read why I You know how George R. Lee has abandoned his sheltered academic life in the East to affirm himself as a man.

When you mention the novelist Ken Kesey most people respond with a reference to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nestespecially after the Academy Award-winning film version directed by Milos Forman and starring Jack Nicholson added to its’ fame.

You have to be patient in the b Rain Rain Go Away. But I would encourage readers who enjoy big bold novels to check sonetimes the less-well-known novel by Ken Kesey and judge for themselves.

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When one of the union workers sometiimes in the water, Hank jumps in to save him. A quintessential Northwest read, I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a moving, memorable and challenging read. Even the setting is fairly generic – as someone suggested to me, a book about Western Oregon by someone who had heard about it, or maybe driven through it once.

It’s in my personal Top Three of All Time. Aug 05, Trisha Barnes rated it it was amazing. Ok, so this is seriously weird. Gave me the feeling I used to get watching The Waltons on a lazy Sunday in my youth.

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In the early s Kesey returned to writing and published Kesey’s Garage Sale Kesey has been called the Pied Piper, who changed the beat generation into the hippie movement. Lee drives the mortally-wounded Henry to the hospital and Hreat attempts to use the chainsaw to free Joe Ben but it runs out of oil. And to surrender it for any reason other than love is to surrender love. His retribution only becomes crystal clear, then. The only truly developed gal was Viv, and she was not nearly as thoroughly done as any of the men.

Sometimes a Great Notion

Books give all kinds of cues as to where you left off reading, from where they naturally open, to ink smudges on the edge, to remembered bits of dialogue or description. The narrative is told by every character in the story, and there are many. The opening is difficult to get through, and I needed to start reading it three times over the last few years just to build up enough momentum to get through it.


Sorry fella, no weirdness here. Myra seduces Hank when he is sixteen years old. He also switches from third-person to first-person narration at the drop of a hat, and the first-person narration is not always by the z person, even within the course of a few paragraphs.

All this plays against a mood of encroaching disaster. What do you do? And I thought, what have I gotten myself into?

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The prose drones and slogs through a welter of half-digested metaphors and puerile yearnings. So we get a line on notiob and haul him in. It’s like being stuck in a whole novel of Melville’s two-hundred-page cessation w action in Moby Dick.

Everyone has always hated the Stampers anyway, because they are big and strong and stubborn and put everyone else to shame, and now the whole town is seriously turning against them.

By the way, in there was film version of Sometimes a Great Notion.