Sometimes a Great Notion
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Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey
Book DescriptionThe magnificent second novel from the legendary author of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Sailor Song" is a wild-spirited and hugely powerful tale of an Oregon logging clan. A bitter strike is raging in a small lumber town along the Oregon coast. Bucking that strike out of sheer cussedness are the Stampers: Henry, the fiercely vital and overpowering patriarch; Hank, the son who has spent his life trying to live up to his father; and Viv, who fell in love with Hank's exuberant machismo but now finds it wearing thin. And then there is Leland, Henry's bookish younger son, who returns to his family on a mission of vengeance - and finds himself fulfilling it in ways he never imagined. Out of the Stamper family's rivalries and betrayals Ken Kesey has crafted a novel with the mythic impact of Greek tragedy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780143039860
Paperback / softback
(196mm x 129mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Penguin USA
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ken Kesey
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Paperback / softback (October 2016)
"Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a seminal novel of the 1960s. Here is the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants--a counterculture classic that inspired the 1975 film adaptation, widely considered one of the greatest movies ever made"--
Kesey's Jailbook, Paperback (February 1999)
Follows the author's six-month incarceration in an experimental low-security "honor camp" prison in the redwood forest, during which he immersed himself in the life of his jail community, worked to clear brush in the forest, and witnessed the mental deteriorations of those around him.
Critical Studies: One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Paperback (January 1996)
An inmate of a mental institution tries to find the freedom and independence denied him in the outside world.
Sailor Song, Paperback (January 1995)» View all books by Ken Kesey
In Alaska to film a famous children's book, the crew of a big-bucks Hollywood production company encounters a tribe of people who have had little contact with whites.
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Author Biography - Ken Kesey
Ken Kesey was born in 1935 and grew up in Oregon. He graduated from the University of Oregon and later studied at Stanford with Wallace Stegner, Malcolm Cowley, Richard Scowcroft, and Frank O' Connor. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, his first novel, was published in 1962. His second novel, Sometimes a Great Notion, followed in 1964. His other books include Kesey's Garage Sale, Demon Box, Caverns (with O. U. Levon), The Further Inquiry, Sailor Song, and Last Go Round (with Ken Babbs). His two children's books are Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear and The Sea Lion. Ken Kesey died on November 10, 2001. Charles Bowden's is the author of Inferno and A Shadow in the City: Confessions of an Undercover Drug Warrior.
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