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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Henry pays little attention to Leland as he is apparently satisfied with one son in his image. This book is mind blowingly amazing.

We each have our own struggles and in that, we can closely relate with some of these people. Burroughs Naked Lunch, Freat took peyote. As the river rises, the tree shifts and Joe Ben gives up his struggle and drowns.

Dressed in a jester’s outfit, Kesey was the chief prankster. In an ironic twist of fate, notoin chainsaw, an important cause of the strike itself, fails and results in the death of the optimistic, hard-working, well-liked and loyal Joe Ben. Into his world enters the petty criminal and prankster Randall Patrick McMurphy with his efforts to change the bureaucratic system of the institution, ruled by Nurse Ratched.

Extra conflict arrives in the form of young Leland Stamper, an unbalanced, East coast educated member of the family bent on revenge. Kesey brings the whole place notio life, in such vivid and articulated way, this is the great strength of the Great Notion, and has to rank up there with the best contemporary novels of all time!.

This is a wet novel. The second wife eventually leaves him she was from the east and not the kind of woman cut out for living in a shack on the shore of a river in the middle of nowhere Oregontaking young Lee with her.


Hank is in tune with nature in a physical and metaphysical sense. It represents the strength of men to defeat, at least temporarily, overwhelming forces.


A shame, with characters this good it would be rewarding to follow them when their lives aren’t so metaphorically predestined. If you thought that was painfully unreadable, Sometimes a Great Notion may well send you into apoplectic fits. Often the same event is viewed from several different perspectives.

But what’s seriously blowing my mind is that there are all sorts of parallels between the two books, in odd and creepy ways. The book is full of loving descriptions of the beauty and bleakness of Oregon. My husband had gone to high school with his son and described a Ken Kesey separate from the Merry Prankster charter member and that public persona.

As a young child, Leland saw his mother in bed with Hank and has bitterly resented his half-brother ever since.

He also jumps around between character perspectives, sometimes at the start of paragraphs, but even within a paragraph, too, and typically not signifying that a switch has happened.

It crept into my dreams, the way really intense movies do, I kept repeating lines to myself and my friends, re-examining scenes I had read days ago to smooth them out and polish them and find in them more beauty and meaning and truth. In association with his family, Hank is able to withstand a variety of pressures including kexey forces of nature, i. You have to be patient in the b Rain Rain Go Away.

On graduating he won a scholarship to Stanford University. Its by some q hippie. Currently sometimfs the loggers are on strike, but the Stamper clan is still working, and because of that, they are preventing the strike from ending, since there’s no reason for the company that wants the lumber to negotiate with the union when the Stampers are doing all the same work.

Sometimes a Great Notion: The Story of a Family Who Would Never Give an Inch

Books by Ken Kesey. As in, in the same paragraph there would be three “I”s: Dec 21, Alexia Kelly rated it it was amazing. Published July 28th by Penguin Books first published January 1st Eventually the characters and settings fell into place and that was when the book became completely engrossing.


At this point in the story Hank appears to be ready to give in to the union demands. And they’ve come abundantly in Sometimes A Great Notiona novel of mammoth size and proportion: Not sure, don’t care, all that matters is my own reading experience.

I read it several years ago as example of literature about busines 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’ iesey.

This has negative effects on the community, and the townspeople are saddened. In the first hundred pages, there were a few paragraphs that had, internally, four different perspectives. It is, however, amazing if you have the patience for it. You know how George R. Finally, in the foothills, through tamarack and sugar pine, shittim bark and silver spruce — and the green and blue mosaic of Douglas fir — the actual river falls feet The first little washes flashing like thick rushing winds through sheep sorrel and clover, ghost fern and nettle, sheering, cutting It’s long-winded, rambling, incoherent, and could easily have lost three hundred pages mesey its final length without anyone noticing anything had gone; when your main character doesn’t sometines to the place where all the action is happening until page 88, and still hasn’t gotten his baggage from the bus terminal eight miles away fifty pages later, you know there’s a whole lot of extraneous material therein.

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