READER Ï Sometimes a Great Notion ↠ Ken Kesey
Sometimes a Great NotionThe 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 incid
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E 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 You know how George RR Martin changes narrative voices between chapters? Well this book does that but within paragraphs In the first hundred pages there were a few paragraphs that had internally four different perspectives And I thought what have I gotten myself into? Is this pretentious? Is it precious? And to the point can I put up with this for 700 pages?Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision hereIn the meantime you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook
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PDF ☆ BOOK Sometimes a Great Notion FREE â 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 TCharles 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 I didn’t want to read this one Its long Its by some acidhead hippie Its only famous because Kesey is famous He has fans because of his lifestyle not his literary merit Its about a group of loggers on strike? Ugh sounds boring But I gave it a shot and was blown awayThe storyline didn’t grab me right away but Kesey’s writing did He had talent and this book is creatively ambitious Every character has a turn at first person voice and the speaker can switch several times sometimes even within a single paragraph Seems confusing but I rarely had to reread because Kesey is that good I am amazed that anyone would ever have the arrogance to write this way and even amazed that someone could pull it off so smoothlySome beautiful sections of writing I loved the paragraph when he describes a canyon along the river where one can hear clear echoes such that one can sing along with yourself to tunes like Row row your boatbut the description slips into the relentless of an echo how its sounds cant adjusted but that you must adjust your new words to it as you sing The story as well as a circular effect so that after I closed on the last words; I promptly reread the first 20 The storyline develops from a struggle between two brothers to the struggle of a town to a struggle in each of us and the true meaning of what it is to have “strength” and “weakness” The spirit of the American working person and the frontier is captured When the town finally thinks it has crushed Hank Stamper there is only superficial joy because his spirit was the spirit that had all given up too long agoCriticism characters were a bit simple Not a lot of confusion as to what each felt and why Just the same they aren’t not flat but very real just a little simpleuestion Why didn’t Kesey ever manage to be that good again? Did he ever even try again?