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Sometimes a Great Notion (Penguin Classics) [Ken Kesey, Charles Bowden] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The magnificent second. 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. The temptation with Ken Kesey has always been to dwell on the tie-died, acid- laced trips, both in a bus called “Further” and in his mind and.

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Sometimes a Great Notion

Hank Stamper Henry Fonda Dec 14, Megan Baxter rated it really liked it. I didn’t plan to read Saragamo’s “Cain” followed by Steinbeck’s “EoE” This is a fine book, well crafted in character and plot development, key points of symbolism and total command of setting and historical circumstance. But his books are worth reading. By far my favorite book ever Hank refuses notino exhibiting no emotions.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Trivia About Sometimes a Great It was only until a co-worker and i decided to form a “one-off” book club in order to read it before a theater adaptation by a local company that i made any real progress.

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 me, voice, writing structure, style and story. Bucking that strike out of sheer cussedness are the Stampers: There is a certain grand, very Greek and tragedic aspect to the plot – larger than life family members and all the wrong people having sex. So we get a line on him and haul him in.

If you thought that was painfully unreadable, Sometimes a Great Notion may well send you into apoplectic fits. The Stamper family, however, owns and operates a grat family company without unions and decides to continue work as well as supply the regionally owned mill with all the timber the laborers would have supplied had the strike not nootion.


Retrieved from ” https: When the film won five Academy Awards, Kesey was barely mentioned during the award ceremonies, and he made known his unhappiness with the film.

Henry Stamper, the old, politically and socially conservative and half-crazed patriarch whose motto “Never Give a Inch! The novel thus illustrates how an heroic free individual with strength and integrity, like Hank, has a positive effect on the community.

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He also switches from third-person to first-person narration at the nition of a hat, and the first-person narration is not always by the same person, even within the course of a few paragraphs. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

He went to Stanford and studied under the best — Wallace Stegner and others. Evenwrite sends for Jonathan Draeger, a union representative from California, to aid him. It’s got man vs.

Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey

Who could ask for anything more? Dressed in a jester’s outfit, Kesey was the chief prankster. In order to cover several viewpoints, he will jump between scenes of what different characters are doing and saying at any given moment in time. They supply all of the lumber that the union laborers normally would have supplied from their union shops if the strike had not occurred. Return to Book Page.

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It’s not easy to read. The novel’s multiple characters speak sequentially in the first person, seemingly without alerting the reader to whom they are listening to? Kesey in the fullness of his material discovers them for us.

Hank Stamper and his father, Henry Stamper own and operate the family business by cutting and shipping logs in Oregon. And that’s true, of course. Well, this book does that, but within paragraphs. The page classic, written by Ken Kesey of the Merry Pranksters group, has become seared into my brain.


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Their bus, called Furthur, was painted in Day-Glo colors. Kesey’s next novel, Sometimes a Great Notionappeared two years later and was also made into a film, this time directed by Paul Newman. The other important thing is kessy the entire town despises the Stampers. He is the only character in the novel who is able to swim across the river, his most powerful and relentless adversary.

Jan 20, Janet rated it it was amazing Shelves: Perhaps that’s the best ending of all. The book was an amazingly nuanced work of fiction with a great deal of depth and under-story reading between the lines ; none of which I saw on the TV screening. After working with his family for a while he discovers a common ground with them in the activity of logging which demands strength, skill, and courage.

Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV someitmes on your phone or tablet! Kesey was high on drugs when he wrote the book and from what I understand it is obvious to the reader.

Jesey Storyline Hank Stamper and his father, Henry Stamper own and operate the family business by cutting and shipping logs in Oregon. I wanted that same peacefilled, unworried smile that I imagined could only come from letting that level of creativity out into the world.