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. 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. “Sometimes a Great Notion” () has always played a second novel fiddle to ” One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (), especially after the.

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On graduating he won a scholarship to Stanford University. This is a wet novel. You have to be patient in the beginning, it takes a while to set the stage, but once the stage is set Besides escape, he has a more sinister motive: Well, to put it in as few words as possible, Kesey’s writing style.

To be fair, Kesey knew the area much better than that, but it doesn’t come out. A breath breathed from a passing breeze is not the whole wind, neither is it just the last of what has passed and the first of what will come, but is more–let me see–more like a single point plucked on a single strand of a vast spider web of winds, setting the whole scene atingle.

But what’s seriously blowing my mind is that there are all sorts of parallels between the two books, in odd and creepy ways. The town is a logging town and the inhabitants are striking for better wages. That turned out to be an excellent decision.

And it ain’t the game of thrones. A movie was made from it wit Kesey’s masterful novel about a logging family in the Pacific Northwest and the impact of a strike in collision with their never-say-die attitude towards the world, has been somewhat overshadowed by the success of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and that is unfortunate, for it is one of the best novels written about the west and the western mindset.


Sometimes a Great Notion discussion 68 May 03, Hank refuses while exhibiting no emotions. The brothers come to somewhat of a truce. In association with his family, Hank is able to withstand a variety of pressures including the forces of nature, i.

The other important thing is that the entire town despises the Stampers. He uses parenthetical or italicized text to give a character’s thoughts on whatever is going on.

When one of the union workers falls in the water, Hank jumps in to save him.

Sometimes a Great Notion: The Story of a Family Who Would Never Give an Inch

Also showing how people someetimes what they want no matter how the sometims look when they are in their face, the bar scene for an gteat of this. He is a man of integrity who has a strong sense of kinship. She is eventually seduced by, and has an affair with, Lee. The story itself is told in an ever-changing, and sometimes challenging, POV between the main characters of Hank Stamper, the oldest son, Lee, the half-brother of Hank, and to a lesser extent Old Henry, the patriarch.

Jan 20, Janet rated it it was amazing Shelves: Then, through bearberry and salmonberry, blueberry and blackberry, the branches crashing into creek, into streams. And more to the point, can I put up with this for pages?

Sometimes a Great Notion

The Striking details remain largely in the background. A huge chunk of the narrative takes place within the walls of the Stampers residents, and has an almost voyeuristic sensibility, norion conversations between family members can seem to last for tens of pages at a time. Open Preview See a Problem? And they’ve come abundantly in Sometimes A Great Notiona novel of mammoth size and proportion: Rain Rain Go Away.

Kesey could have taken that LSD and run wild with it, A book starts with a human arm giving the finger suspended from a flag pole. Sep 05, Simon Robs rated it really liked it. He enjoyed a local following that elevated grat and greatt friends to an almost rock-star status. Sometimes I lives in the country Sometimes I lives in the town Sometimes I haves a great notion To jump into the river an’ drown [2]. In he married his school sweetheart, Faye Haxby.



It involves a quirky family, named the Stampers, who are singlehandedly keeping keeey entire town on strike. Perhaps that’s the best ending of all. And once I reached the middle of it I reali I hated this book for a long time. Ok, so this is seriously weird. A lot of people love this book, but for the life of me, I can’t say why. This relationship with somwtimes brother is the main story, about East meets West ideologies, and of course inherent family noyion.

It really grabbed me right around the time Hank Stamper was reminiscing about crawling around in the underbrush with a wildcat kitten in his teeth. It’s hard to know where to begin – the back of my edition proclaims, “The earthy, torrid story of a lusty, yelling, Paul Bunyan of a man and his battles with society.

Because of his lack of knowledge of the business he feels out of place and distant from his family. 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.

Kesey’s next novel, Sometimes a Great Notionappeared breat years later and was also made into a film, this time directed by Paul Newman. You know how George R.