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Sometimes A Great Notion

Kesey, Ken

(Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Sometimes A Great Notion
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From the Publisher: 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-spirited tale tells of a bitter strike that rages through a small lumber town along the 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 tragedy.

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Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2006
ISBN: 9780143039860
0143039865
Branch Call Number: FICTION KESEY 2006
Characteristics: xix, 715 p. ;,20 cm

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The quintessential Oregon story and my all time favorite book.

Comment by: multcolib_central Aug 08, 2014

One of the first pieces of american literature takes place on the Oregon coast. This engrossing multi-layered tales sentences glide past, pulling the reader into the gripping story. Kesey doesn't play favorites with his characters, all have a complex story to tell.

This wild-spirited tale tells of a bitter strike that rages through a small lumber town along the Oregon coast.

This wild-spirited tale tells of a bitter strike that rages through a small lumber town along the Oregon coast.

The quintessential Oregon coast novel and Ken Kesey's masterwork. The one book I feel is essential reading for all Oregon residents.


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One of the first pieces of american literature takes place on the Oregon coast. This engrossing multi-layered tales sentences glide past, pulling the reader into the gripping story. Kesey doesn't play favorites with his characters, all have a complex story to tell.

Apr 18, 2014
  • pasmendiola rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

a very rewarding book, it starts a bit slow then gets moving, this is kesey's true masterpiece, you won't regret it

Jun 01, 2012
  • wallisthompson rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have read this title only once, but plan to re-read it because I found it very rewarding. One notable feature of the book is the large number of characters, each with a personal history that is well-developed and deeply intertwined with the histories and futures of the other characters. This book left me with a profound sense of perspective on life. This title, although not as famous as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, reaches its reader more deeply because its circumstances, although piquant, relate in some way to the simple motions of life that every person experiences. Very highly recommended.

Dec 02, 2010
  • johnmarkeberhart rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I hadn't re-read this book for several years. I remembered it being long, and dense at the beginning especially, and challenging. But my experience with it this time was more rewarding than ever. This book is about a lot of things -- the nature of work and its place in our lives, the almost absurd complexities of interpersonal communication, and even the question of whether we're fated to act in certain ways based on our upbringing. Mostly, though -- it's just a great, great story. And I've rarely seen character development this deep. Even beyond the two central figures of Hank and Leland Stamper, these people practically jump off the page and sit down over coffee (or a beer in the Snag) with you. Kesey, at his best, wrote books that were big, brawling, larger or at least as large as life itself. Highly recommended.

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Jun 01, 2012
  • wallisthompson rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Never give an inch."

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