Sometimes A Great Notion

Paperback | July 28, 1977

byKen Kesey

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The 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 crafted a novel with the mythic impact of Greek tragedy.

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The 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 ...

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The 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 vita...

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. H...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 1.1 inPublished:July 28, 1977Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140045295

ISBN - 13:9780140045291

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sometimes a Great Nation Under the influence of Herman Melville, William Faulkner, Jack Kerouac and LSD, Kesey wrote his finest novel. It's the voluminous story of the Stampers, a logging family that raises the ire of their community by strike-breaking during a labour dispute. The reader is invited into the complex narrative, a cacophony of voices, thoughts, memories and impressions. Brilliantly structured, this novel is full of humour and irony, with a cinematic quality that is magnificent. Do not let the size of this book intimidate you. It is a rewarding experience that is enriched by a second reading.
Date published: 1999-06-18

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"A contemporary classic."-Chicago Tribune

"It's staggering that Kesey published [One Flew Over a Cuckoo's Nest and Sometimes a Great Notion] before he was 30. They're extraordinary in their drive, their capaciousness, their poetry, their human sympathy, and their laughter, which is always joined, in a Whitmaneseque way, by their feeling for death . . . here are two American masterpieces."-Los Angeles Times