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FREE READ Ü Sometimes a Great Notion ↠ 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 Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey wrote what Charles Bowden calls one of the few essential books written by an American in the last half century This wild 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 Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey wrote what. Sometimes I lives in the countrySometimes I lives in townSometimes I take a great notionTo jump into the river an’ drownI know little about Oregon State what little I do know is that it's damp almost all of the time has it's fair share of trees and woodland and it's where 'The Goonies' and 'Stand by Me' were filmed and River Phoenix was born there Ken Kesey's 'Sometimes a Great Notion' is uite simply a contemporary American masterpiece set on the rain soaked Oregon coast the fictional town of Wakonda early in the 1960's The story if you could call it that is surrounding a logging family The Stampers who cut and procure trees for a local mill in opposition to striking unionized workers They live in an old house built out on the river and pretty much keep to them selves and due to current circumstances are the scourge of the town I wouldn't exactly call them hillbilly folk but they're not far of There is the old croaky father Henry sons Hank and Leland recently returning from the east coast and hank's partner VivThe bitter strike is at the centre of the novel which sees the labour force demanding the same pay but for less hours due to the on going problem of less demand in this market The Stampers who own and operate their own company decide to continue logging to supply the regionally owned mill but cause fury with the locals A Union man is called to town Mr Dreager to try and solve the dispute the Stampers play dirty and won't budge The Striking details remain largely in the background You are left wondering on certain points But the story truth be told is all about the day to day lives of the Stampers they completely steal the show A huge chunk of the narrative takes place within the walls of the Stampers residents and has an almost voyeuristic sensibility and conversations between family members can seem to last for tens of pages at a time Now I made reference to hillbillies and the dialogue here takes some getting used to There is lots of slang talk and derogatory comments made throughout even the 'N' word gets used a lot but this simply reiterates the off the beaten track type of people we are dealing with living out on the river in seclusion they take to hunting and setting traps for animalsas a way to provide for food when getting into town is difficultAt 715 pages things do eb and flow here and there and can get slightly tiresome but that's just me being picky because on the whole it's length is something that the further you go on the less of a problem it becomes you become totally involved in this damp and dreary community your feelings for certain characters change from hatred to that of pityThe novel's multiple characters speak seuentially in the first person seemingly without alerting the reader to whom they are listening to this can get confusing as narrative will skip from one to the other without any idea of knowing so again you just get used to it over timeIf I could sum up the Stampers in one word that would be 'Stubborn' the house for example appears to be about to fall apart at any time the interiors are awash with ermess they are living so far in the past but nothing and no one will get them to change they firmly hold their groundThe most intelligent of the pack is Leland who returns to Wakonda after years spent on the east coast with his mother he is attracted to Hank's Viv and late on in the novel the two will come to loggerheads there is also an incident that could see their resolve shattered and the last 100 pages or so are set up for what appears a climactic and tense finale but going on the overall nature of past proceedings don't expect some huge grand spectacle of a finish you will be let down The slow pace stays for the whole durationAnother important aspect of Notion is the weather it rains it rains constantly even when it's dry it's still wet and damp The river swells the town has puddles the size of small lakes and residents continually shake their caps of rain water have constant colds and foul stinking attitudes they carry around forever Kesey brings the whole place to life in such vivid and articulated way this is the great strength of the Great Notion and has to rank up there with the best contemporary novels of all time I am still mystified why this seems to have gone into obscurity even around the time of first publication was is marketed badly or did people simply not like it Not sure don't care all that matters is my own reading experienceAn astonishing piece of writing


Charles Bowden calls one of the few essential books written by an American in the last half century This wild spirited tale tells of a bitter strike that rages through a small lumber town along th. If V Woolf hada grown up within sight of the Coastal Range andb enormous swinging testesthen this book would be sold in a 3 pack with Mrs Dalloway and The Waves today It's such literatoor but it's so masculine and so blue collar also God I love it The beautiful funny slang; the creepy right on descriptions of the menacing landscape It's got man vs land and man vs man Who could ask for anything

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Sometimes a Great NotionE Oregon coast Bucking that strike out of sheer cussedness are the Stampers Out of the Stamper family's rivalries and betrayals Ken Kesey has crafted a novel with the mythic impact of Greek traged. Ken Kesey Sometimes a Great Notion Bantam Windstone 1964I really really wanted to like this book An underread novel by an acknowledged American master of letters with a core of fans who consider it one of the best novels of the last century What could be better Well to put it in as few words as possible Kesey's writing styleOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest works and works so well because it's tight It's terse It says what needs to be said Kesey knows what he wants to say and says it You get the idea It's been compared to A Christmas Carol a number of times and with very good reason But if Cuckoo is Kesey's Christmas Carol then Sometimes a Great Notion is Kesey's Bleak House It's long winded rambling incoherent and could easily have lost three hundred pages from its final length without anyone noticing anything had gone; when your main character doesn't get to the place where all the action is happening until page 88 and still hasn't gotten his baggage from the bus terminal eight miles away fifty pages later you know there's a whole lot of extraneous material therein And while that makes sense within Kesey's chosen stylistic framework the story is told by awoman flipping through a photograph album there's just too much of the rambling and not enough plot advancement It's like being stuck in a whole novel of Melville's two hundred page cessation of action in Moby Dick If you thought that was painfully unreadable Sometimes a Great Notion may well send you into apoplectic fits