Sometimes a Great Notion (Penguin Classics) [Ken Kesey, Charles Bowden] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The magnificent second. 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. The temptation with Ken Kesey has always been to dwell on the tie-died, acid- laced trips, both in a bus called “Further” and in his mind and.

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Every character has a turn at first person voice and the speaker can switch several times, sometimes even within a single paragraph. Quotes from Sometimes a Great It took me a moment to figure out the quick changes in narrators.

Kesey brings the whole place to life, in such vivid and articulated way, this is the great strength of kem Great Notion, and has to rank up there with the best contemporary novels of all time!.

Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey

Kesey tells a story well, and this one is worth reading. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Viv leaves Hank just as the two brothers begin the log drive.

Beyond the PTA and the beer commercials, nohion the huge effluvium of sometkmes times, exist people who live by the ancient passions, and Mr. Published inthe plot revolves around the fictional Stamper logging family who reside along the Oregon coast. In fact, I think it is better. Really loved every second of this book this time. Penguin Classics August 29, Language: Buy the selected items together This item: This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat You know its gonna be good.


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Literary Fiction Fiction Classics Category: 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 len 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.

A book starts with a human arm giving the finger suspended from a flag pole. As it would anyone. It’s a strong start, but he confounds it by overwriting the minutia, underwriting the big events, and chasing a questionable narrative machination to the I have to be honest, I really wanted to like this book. Aug 29, Pages Buy.

Tell them the old bartender from the “Embarcadero” sent you. And to surrender it for any reason other oen love is to surrender love. And you just know he was smokin’ something when he wrote.


It’s a strong storyline, the irascible Stamper family that will abide by the rules of no other man. I did and I feel much richer for it. He was in a lot of trouble as he could not pay his hospital bills and notiion landlord was suing him for destroying his home.

In the s, Kesey became a counterculture hero and a guru of psychedelic drugs with Timothy Leary. The Secret War of Harry Frigg This is a fine book, well crafted in character and plot development, key points of symbolism and total command of setting and historical circumstance.

And you have to stand grfat in awe of the man’s ability to create character.

Sometimes a Great Notion

It’s written in several intersecting styles. The novel’s multiple characters speak sequentially in the first person, seemingly without alerting the reader to whom they are listening to? The writing style is a little confusing at times – Kesey employs a few tactics that can be difficult to follow at first. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I have to be honest, I really wanted to like this book.