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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The only Kesey book I’ve appreciated.

The section that fell into the water lands on Joe Ben pushing him toward the bottom of the river. Want to Read saving…. As the river rises, the tree shifts and Joe Ben gives up his struggle and drowns.

A build-up of a feeling of dread was pervasive about mid-way through the book and it was not unwarranted. Feb 14, Metaphorosis rated it did not like it Shelves: The beautiful, year-old, Stanford-educated Myra prefers an urban environment and becomes unhappy in a household of loggers.

kewey You can read why I You know how George R. A breath breathed from a passing breeze is not the whole wind, neither is it just the last of what has passed and the first of what will come, but is more–let me see–more like a single point plucked on a single strand of a vast spider web of winds, setting the whole scene atingle.

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

Dec 21, Alexia Kelly rated it it was amazing. An astonishing piece of writing! I wouldn’t exactly call them hillbilly folk, but they’re not far of. I mean, how could you not?


Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey | Washington Independent Review of Books

May 21, Etta Mo rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: InKesey died of complications after surgery kdsey liver cancer. 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.

Inthe novel was adapted into a filmwhich was also marketed under the name Never Give An Inch. Jan 25, James rated it really liked it Shelves: These experiences as a part-time aide at a psychiatric hospital, LSD sessions – and a vision of an Indian sweeping there the floor – formed the background for One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nestset in a mental hospital. After working with his family for a while he discovers a common ground with them in the activity of noyion which demands strength, skill, and courage.

Sometimes a Great Notion

Books by Ken Kesey. Home to the Stamper logging camp to pull off “the greatest put-down in history. The main draw of the novel is to watch the conflicts between the Stampers and the town and between the members of the family themselves.

Discussion for Sometimes a Great Notion. Somewhere in this book is a great American novel, but it somehow falls just short.

The Stampers also understand that backing the union would damage their own non-unionized family business. Largely because of Smetimes, it is the tough-as-nails logger who surprises with his sensitivity and the effete intellectual who surprises with his callousness. Throughout the novel he is portrayed as a heroic small businessman who is able to deal with and withstand a variety of pressures.



The characters are well described and consistently back-referenced, and Kesey has a fine sense of the dramatic and foreshadowing. But Sometimes a Great Notionwith its portrayal of family and labor discord in waterlogged Oregon timber country, resonated with many readers in the Northwestern United States and elsewhere. With more than 1, titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.

The writing style is a little confusing at times – Kesey employs a few tactics that can be difficult to follow at first. His later works include the children’s book Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear and Sailor Songa futuristic tale about an Alaskan fishing village and Hollywood film crew.

Aug 29, Pages Buy. Mar 06, Ursula rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of her central decisions, one of the axes on which the entire plot turned, I found completely unfounded, unjustified, and almost insulting.

Please provide an email address. No Northwest novel may have a more Northwest opening passage than “Sometimes a Great Notion,” which begins as Nnotion tracks the birth of a river: Are you re-reading paragraphs eksey of the beauty of the language? Every character has a turn at first person voice and the speaker can switch several times, sometimes even within a single paragraph.