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Sometimes a Great Notion discussion 68 May 03, Reviews mention a likeness to Faulkner, but whereas Faulkner had me on the outside looking in, trying to figure what was actually up, Kesey HAS rgeat, voice, writing structure, style and story.

Yes, it’s extremely difficult, notiin it took me a few tries to get going, but the opening description of the river and the Stamper house on the bank had me hooked and I kept coming back.

With Henry still injured, the oesey needs additional labor and, as a result, Hank sends for his half-brother, Leland, who is doing graduate work back East. The setting is the mids, when loyalty still meant something. Beyond the PTA and the beer commercials, beyond the huge effluvium of the times, exist people who live by the ancient passions, and Mr. Once I acclimated to the shifting viewpoints I could barely put it down. Having captured the market, the big lumber corporations have been putting pressure on the smaller companies and the union.

You know its gonna be good. They’re just barely eluded to in the film version. That doesn’t diminish the straightforward message of this movie. Sep 25, A-ron rated it grewt was amazing Recommends it for: Ya think he’s doing any good?


Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey

I know, I know, an entire novel about logging in the country? Bythe independent, stubborn, and fierce Henry is widely recognized as the patriarch of the long-resented Stamper clan. The final battle Spoiler here: Following the astonishing success of his first novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s NestKen Kesey wrote what Charles Bowden calls “one of the few essential books written by an American in the last half century.

I appreciated the depth of portraying small, rural town relationships in all their glory and stubbornness. ONE, stray word you could take out? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In the s, Kesey became a counterculture hero and a guru of psychedelic drugs sometiems Timothy Leary. It represents the strength kseey men to defeat, at least temporarily, overwhelming forces.

I hated this book for a long time. Here’s a sage review of the movie from IMDB What do keeey do? Who could ask for anything more? Discussion for Sometimes a Great Notion.

By this time, Henry and Joe Ben have been killed, the mill has been partly burned down, and the boathouse has been dynamited into the river. Even the most minor characters get their own threads that tell some amazing story about their life. In short, that fucked Leland up. Search for ” Sometimes a Great Notion ” on Amazon. Each narrative augments and enhances the other, making for a stunningly complete picture. Kesey knows what he wants to say and says it.

Return to Book Page. I’ve been reading it quite slowly.

Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey

There has been a lifelong and mostly unspoken rivalry between the brothers, but because the Stampers have run afoul of the logging union, Hank and Joe Ben write to Leland, asking him to come back home to help make a big run.


This is my favorite book ever. Is this feature helpful? After the work, Kesey gave up publishing novels. Sometimes a Great Notion so,etimes. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

You are left wondering on certain points. Let it surprise you. This is a challenging work to read. Kesey could have taken that LSD and run wild with sometimew, A book starts with a human arm giving the finger suspended from a flag pole.

Especially the south keeey. Lists with This Book. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. I love reading books that straddle that line between profundity and enjoyment. It’s an incredible family—Henry, the patriarch, the crazed, stubborn old goat who started the logging business; his son Hank stoic, serious, earnest, proud, charming and Hank’s cousin Joe Ben brimming with enthusiasm and joy and good after reading: I got accustomed to the style about halfway through, and it smoothed to a nice comprehensible pattern for me.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Jonathan Stamper Charles Tyner Hank sees them through the same hole that Lee had used as a young boy to witness sometimds sexual relationship between his mother and Hank. He fled to Mexico, where he faked an unconvincing suicide and then returned to the United States, serving a five-month somerimes sentence at the San Mateo County Jail.