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I mean, how could you not? His retribution only becomes crystal clear, then. I’m in Oregon and logging is dead, it died in the 80’s with the spotted owl, but this story is completely real describing the logic and culture of that age and employment. Some times, maybe it’s better to write a fun, kick ass, hilarious, vivid, sad, confusing, all-encompassing messy book!

I knew nothing about sommetimes book when it was handed to me. Henry returns with a youthful new wife, Myra.

He’s asking a lot of his audience, in terms of active participation with the narrative, but if you’re willing to do the work, this novel is amazing. A wide variety of characters inhabit the small town of Wakonda and they all have important struggles within themselves. 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. Finally Lee the brother in law confronts his fear his brother in law and enacts revenge by seducing his wife — to resolve an old wound.

It might even be my Desert Island novel! Viv feels trapped and her love for her husband, Hank, wanes as she comes to understand her place in the household. The Stamper family, however, owns and operates a small family company without unions and decides to continue work as well as supply the regionally owned mill with all the timber the laborers would have supplied had the strike not occurred.

Kesey knows what he wants to say and says it. The MacKintosh Man All of this came together to remind me that I liked Kesey’s writing, that I had never read Sometimes a Great Notionand that perhaps ‘someday’ had come. I love reading books that straddle that line between profundity and enjoyment.


It’s an incredible family—Henry, the patriarch, the crazed, stubborn old goat who started the logging business; his son Hank stoic, serious, earnest, proud, charming and Hank’s cousin Joe Ben brimming with enthusiasm and joy and good willwho now run the company; Hank’s gorgeous and quiet and wonderful wife Viv; and Hank’s much younger half-brother Leland, an intellectual and a weakling who fled the rough workaday life as soon as he was old enough, and now lives in New York where he is finishing college.

Above all, this is a book about peoplefilled with some of the most fascinating and deeply drawn characters I have come across in a terribly long time. There are many confrontations among them.

As proposed highways break down through the stacked strata of centuries. And a boring union struggle with a bunch of backwoods hicks?

Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey

Leland devises a plan and campaigns to seduce and sleep with Viv which he eventually does. I found it difficult to recover my sense of place in the book, and eventually inserted a bookmark. Anyway and alsothe sections of each that I’m up to today both take place on Halloween.

A member of British Intelligence assumes a fictitious criminal identity and allows himself to keey caught, imprisoned, and freed in order to infiltrate a spy organization and expose a traitor.

Keep track oen everything you watch; tell your friends. Ken Kesey is an icon to me; he writes the way we all should, from the gut. What do you do? These techniques keswy definitely be hard on the reader, but they’re very effective once you get into the rhythm of it.

In the first hundred pages, there were a few paragraphs that had, internally, four different perspectives. Draeger is convinced that all people behave according to predictable patterns.

Even the ending doesn’t work – it’s as much of a soggy mess as the rest of the book. A build-up of a feeling of dread was pervasive about mid-way through the book and it was not unwarranted. Jan 20, Janet rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s like being stuck in a whole novel of Melville’s two-hundred-page cessation of action in Moby Dick.

I liked all the diverse characters with so much opportunities for insight given through first person narratives. At 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 pity.

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Just like those Powers trees communicating to each other, attentive, free-wheeling readers riding that perpetual wave of euphoric imagination catch a ‘notion’ of where next to go unbeknownst as where one goes many the time, a casual blink here, a nod from there, here, read this next! 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 NestKen Kesey wrote what Charles Bowden calls “one of the few essential books written by an American in the last half century.

The union is striking against Wakonda Pacific Lumber Company, a regional mill. In this family the men do the talking and the women remain quiet.

Sometimes a Great Notion

His friend later follows through with his suicide. With all the shallow drivel masquerading as literature that fills the shelves of bookstores these days, it is refreshing to find work of this caliber that we can still sink our kfn into after all these years. This is one of my parents’ favorite books. For focus simply move a few inches back or forward.

The opening is difficult to get through, and I needed to start reading it three times over the last few years just to build up enough momentum to get through it. Greqt spent his early years hunting, fishing, swimming; he learned to box and wrestle, and he was a star football player.

This strategy unfortunately and ultimately will result in the accidental deaths of Henry and Sometimrs Ben as described below.