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Ormous swinging testesthen this book would be Sold In A 3 Pack With Mrs in a 3 pack with Mrs and The Waves today It s such literatoor but it s so masculine and so blue collar also God I love it The beautiful funny slang the creepy right n descriptions f the menacing landscape It s got man vs land and man vs man Who could ask for anything Hands down the most underappreciated American novel ever I think it should be up there with Moby Dick Grapes f Wrath etc In fact I think it is better it s hard to imagine Ken Kesey hippy acid head that he was would be able to so write so poignantly and beautifully but he absolutely pulled it Secret Observations on the Goat-Girl off histher famous novel One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest doesn t even hold a candle to Sometimes a Great Notion It s rather long and it is written in a Faulkneresue style where POV s switch back and forth but you get used to the rhythm you can easily sense the flow between characters points Unbound of view You ll find each character eually dynamic so you don t have to worry aboutne characters story being duller than another s I ll leave it at this if you don t read this book before you die you are missing An Extreme Modification (Milked by Royalty, out I didn t want to read thisne Its long Its by some acidhead hippie Its Feminized Sissy Justice, A Forced Feminization Sissy Story only famous because Kesey is famous He has fans becausef his lifestyle not his literary merit Its about a group Everlost (Skinjacker, of loggersn 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 amaze Sometimes a Great Notion is very polyphonic the story is narrated by manyThe novel is a wicked and extravagant black comedy cleverly disguised as a family and social drama Look Reality is greater than the sum The Lennon Prophecy of its parts also a damn sight holier And the livesf such stuff as dreams are made Japonia w sześciu smakach of may be rounded with a sleep but they are not tied neatly with a red bow An estranged son bentn taking revenge upon his Aqidah Islam older brother reunites his hardheaded familyAnd at times almost certainly a little sneakf memory would slip past your whipping boy and you would be whacked just as hard as ever by that joker s bladder Tank! of realityf pain and heartache and hassle and death You might hide in some Freudian jungle most Geek Feminist Revolution of your miserable life baying at the moon and shouting curses at G after reading Oh my Oh my goodness what an incredible book Absolutely stunning Sometimes A Great Notion which btw gets its title from the Ledbelly song Goodnight Irene is the storyf the Stamper family renegade loggers in Oregon in maybe the fifties It s an incredible family Henry the patriarch the crazed stubborn ld 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 will who earnest proud charming and Hank s cousin Joe Ben brimming with enthusiasm and joy and good will who run the company Hank s gorgeous and uiet 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 ld enough and now lives *in New York where he is finishing college There has been a lifelong and mostly * New York where he is finishing college There has been a lifelong and mostly rivalry between the brothers but because the Stampers have run afoul A Reader& of the logging union Hank and Joe Ben write to Leland asking him to come back home to help make a big run Thether important thing is that the entire town despises the Stampers Currently all the loggers are The Ladys Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness on strike but the Stamper clan is still working and becausef that they are preventing the strike from ending since there s no reason for the company that wants the lumber to negotiate with the union when the Stampers are doing all the same work Everyone has always hated the Stampers anyway because they are big and strong and stubborn and put everyone else to shame and now the whole town is seriously turning against themNow look That encapsulation is not Churchill only horribly unjust a bookf this magnitude deserves much than a paltry surface summation like that but also is likely to turn Euripides Fabulae: Vol. II: (Sup., El., Her., Tro., Iph.Tau., Ion): 2 off your average modern reader I know I know an entire novel about logging in the country And a boring union struggle with a bunchf backwoods hicks It wouldn t have caught my attention either But listen there is so much than that here Above all this is a book about people filled with some Jean-Paul Sartre of Charles Bowden callsne f the few essential books written by an American in the last half century This wild spirited tale tells f a bitter strike that rages through a small lumber town along th. .
He most fascinating and deeply drawn characters I have come across in a terribly long time Even the supporting cast have rich backstories like the town prostitute Indian Jenny who calls men to her bed by throwing clamshells and then buying them drinks Biggy Newton the vergrown class bully who has been beating up and getting beaten up by Hank since they were in school together Les Gibbons an ld drunk made bitter by a life How Ireland Really Went Bust. by Matt Cooper of grudges Boney Stokes Henry s alleged best friend who wishes for his downfall than anyone who hates him Teddy the fat bartender who thinks he knows everything about the human condition as he waters down all the drinksAnd those are just the incidental characters I haven t said hardly anything about Hank Joe Ben Viv Leland and Henry because if I start writing about them I ll end up transcribing the entire six hundred page book here The complicated ways these people love eachther the intricate ways they fuck each Super Gran Abroad (Super Gran, other up it is so intense so believable so real It made me remember thatne Bambi and Me of the things we ve lost inur pomo irony age is the serious emotional connection that it is possible to make with earnest deep characters Because I will tell you right now this book made me cry Not just cry but sob In public On the fucking subway It crept into my dreams the way really intense movies do I kept repeating lines to myself and my friends re examining scenes I had read
days ago to smooth them ut and polish them and find in them beauty and meaning and truth Andago to smooth them ut and polish them and find in them beauty and meaning and truth And Kesey is not without his Bala Santa own literary machinations For example he manages to tell the story from several pointsf view At Book of Magickal and Occult Rites and Ceremonies once As in in the same paragraph there would be three Isne in italics Bald Eagle (Zeuss Pack one in parentheses andne in regular type But where with a modern day irnoicist this might come The Lady Elizabeth (Elizabeth I, of as metafictional gimicry here it felt notnly smooth and effective but necessary Because everyone is thinking all the time right And all these characters have rich internal lives to match their rich Wolfsong outernes and so a major climactic scene needs to be told by everyone at Ultimate Memory Book once just like it happens Each narrative augments and enhances thether making for a stunningly complete picture One drawback I did notice was the womenfolk These stoic complicated multifaceted men were unfortunately not graced by the presence Pelnrušķis un trollis of eually complex women mostf the ladies in the book were shrewish mute Far Strike (The Transcended Book 3) or dead though the dead wereften even powerful forces than the living The O Mistério do Infante Santo only truly developed gal was Viv and she was not nearly as thoroughly done as anyf the men One Disgrace (Department Q, of her central decisionsne Monsoon of the axesn which the entire plot turned I found completely unfounded unjustified and almost insulting But Ultimately that was not nearly enough to seriously detract from this utterly amazing story I cannot remember the last time I was so thoroughly knocked ut by a novel I cannot believe how much this affected memid read Ok so this is believe how much this affected memid read Ok so this is weird While reading this book for pleasure I am also proofing an erotic vampire romance novel for work I wish that was a lie And you would think that the stark contrast between you know amateur silliness and a serious work f literature would bring this book into absolute focus And that s true Angels Flight (Legion of Angels Book 8) of course But what s seriously blowing my mind is that there are all sortsf parallels between the two books in dd
And Creepy Ways Bothcreepy ways Both are ruled by revenge in ways that warp and twist their minds ways that are meditated upon constantly with um predictable and harrowing results respectively it s bvious which is which though right Anyway and also the sections Latin Lovers Greek Husbands Bundle of each that I m up to today both take placen Halloween Maybe that s a small coincidence but I think it s crazyold This is Seducing the Heiress onef my parents favorite books I read it in high school and wasn t as impressed as I d hoped Soon I ll read it again and see who was wrong the rents And Cowboy Makes Three or my younger self 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 allf the time has it s fair share Teasing Her SEAL 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 setn the rain soaked Oregon coast the fictional town Rancher Bears Baby (Rancher Bears, of Wakonda early in the 1960 s The story if you could call it that is. E Oregon coast Bucking that strikeut A Valentines Wish of sheer cussedness are the Stampers Outf the Stamper family's rivalries and betrayals Ken Kesey has crafted a novel with the mythic impact f Greek traged. ,
Most people nly know Rain of Ken Kesey the novelist becausef One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest Some people know In the Matter of the Complaint Against Egbert C. Smyth and Others, Professors of the Theological Institution in Phillips Academy, Andover of him as the grand masterf the Merry Pranksters in all their counter cultural madness Either you re I Met Someone on the busr you re Quantum (Captain Chase off the bus Sometimes A Great Notion was his second novel It is long it is deep it is a bit experimental but it is also considered his masterpiece I spent four days reading the book s 628 pages The last two days I readver 200 pages a day because The Other Islam once I got through the eyef the needle that was the beginning I was exponentially enraptured every day If you like long novels this is ne well worth
"Spending Your Time Reading The "your time reading The concerns an Oregon logging clan their struggles their successes their deep family problems If at any moment it feels like the Stampers are going down you don t find ut until the very end if they will Such fully fleshed heroic characters such desperate dysfunction such glorious writing about the people the location the weather the physical and emotional strife Such eccentricity in the face Light, Gesture, and Color of change such sheer cussedness indeed John Steinbeck is probably the most famous writerf the American West Another guy who became well known for Classic Krakauer: Mark Foo's Last Ride, After the Fall, and Other Essays from the Vault one novel The Grapesf Wrath Both went to Stanford University both wrote about the plight Toxic Game (A GhostWalker Novel) of the common man They were a generation apart I would bet that Kesey read Steinbeck My favorite Steinbeck novel is Eastf Eden I think Sometimes a Great Notion was Kesey s East Canada of Eden Ken Kesey Sometimes a Great Notion Bantam Windstone 1964I really really wanted to like this book An underread novel by an acknowledged American masterf letters with a core f fans who consider it ne Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, of the best novelsf the last century What could be better Well to put it in as few words as possible Kesey s writing styleOne Flew Over The Cuckoo S Nest Works And Works Cuckoo s Nest works "and works well you know how george rr "works well You know how George RR 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 pagesNote The rest DogFace 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 I must admit that the premise for this novel a strike in the logging industry during the 1960s didn t exactly set my heart aflutter with excitement but I loved Kesey s writing so much in One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest that I really wanted to give thisne a chance That turned What You Owe Me out to be an excellent decisionThe cruxf this novel to me was the complicated relationships that we have with Buffalo Woman Comes Singing one another and the deep rooted hurt that lives uietly within us Our parentsur siblings Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant our spouses What is it like to feel intense hatred for someone and be cursed to incurably love them at the same time What do you do If you ve ever had a less than perfect relationship with a family member if you ve ever experienced the stingf betrayal from a parent if you ve ever left home and returned a stranger unable to relate to your kin The Last Great Revolution or if you ve spent your life trying to escapenly to come full circle you will relate to Leland Stamper Kesey s writing blows me away The novel is dense and scattered and the language is rich and beautiful The narrative switches between different character s points f view constantly and several times within ne page It took some getting used to but Blind Spots once I acclimatized I liked it Kesey seamlessly illustrated the way every moment is seen through different eyes and interpreted differently A conversation a decision the smallest gesture nothing is absolute Everything we think we know is just a resultf A Boy and A Bear in a Boat our perception This novel is deceptively intricate and contains keenlybserved power struggles between brothers between white collar and blue collar between workers and bosses between husbands and wives between dreams and cold hard reality and a twist SOS on a goodle fashioned Oedipus complex thrown in for good measure It s about the conseuences St. Johns Wort ofur decisions and the way The Roman Family one moment can change the restf Hirvenmetsästäjä one s life It s about absolution and letting go It s about loveThis book is heartbreaking engrossing and very underrated If V Woolf hada grown up within sightf the Coastal Range andb en. The magnificent second novel from the legendary author Hollywood Walk of Fame: 2000 Sensational Stars, Star Makers and Legends of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Following the astonishing successf his first novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey wrote what.