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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As Hank is cutting down a tree, it splits vertically down the middle with half crashing backwards toward the forest and the other half landing in the river. Did he ever even try again?


Like his father, Hank is tough, obstinate, self-reliant, and independent. Aug 05, Trisha Barnes rated it somerimes was amazing. No doubt about it, Sometimes a Great Notion is freat difficult novel. With no axes to be found, Hank valiantly but unsuccessfully attempts to save Joe Ben.

To Hank and the other Stampers, the union represents mediocrity and conformity. View all 28 comments. The cruel and destructive Draeger takes the offensive through trickery, subterfuge, and patience. The viewpoint shifts constantly and erratically – within the same paragraph.

That turned out to be an excellent decision. Having troubles with his studies, he becomes paranoid, turns to drugs, and he too attempts suicide, but is unsuccessful. When Kesey describes the Canada honkers flying over the woods you can almost see them; when he describes the smells of the grass and the tastes of the strawberries you feel and you smell and you taste.

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 overgrown class bully who has been beating up and getting beaten up by Hank since they were in school together; Les Gibbons, an old drunk made bitter by a life of grudges; Boney Stokes, Henry’s alleged best friend, who wishes for his downfall more than anyone who hates him; Teddy the fat bartender who thinks he knows everything about the human condition as he waters down all the drinks.


Return to Book Page. It made me remember that one of the things we’ve lost in our pomo irony age is the serious emotional connection that it is possible to make with earnest, deep characters. Because it is caring that lulls you into letting down your kessy and leaving up your shades At the beginning of the 20th century, Jonas Stamper had traveled from Kansas to Oregon to pursue his American dream of becoming sometimss successful pioneer in the promising new Western frontier.

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.

Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey

Lists with This Book. The Story The struggle and ultimate acquiescence to nature and reckoning with ultimate power [God] is the theme of this huge, rollicking, informative and most interesting story: Henry returns with a youthful new wife, Myra. The second wife eventually leaves him she was from the east and not the kind of woman cut out for living in a shack on the grwat of a river in the middle of nowhere Oregontaking young Lee with her.

As we took the turns on the windy, rural road behind the big car, I noticed it was Kesey. All night long a few piled to the mountaintops and over in keey h Willamette Valley with the overloads of iesey, but the majority, the great bulk of that multitude gathered and blown from the distant stretches of the sea, came rebounding heavily back in to the other clouds. Accepting the contract to supply the big lumber company with logs is the opportunity for the Stamper family to gain great wealth.


Are sometmes re-reading sentences because you can’t believe he packed so much in?

He decides to travel back to his roots in the Oregon timberlands to help with the logging business and to gain revenge against Hank. Why does a novel with such an awesome average rating have only 16, ratings? Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey. I love reading books that straddle that line between profundity and enjoyment.

It starred Paul Newman and Henry Fonda, and like the book it is not nearly as popular as the film version of “Cuckoo’s Nest” mentioned above.

It’s in my personal Top Three of All Time. W the Trade Paperback edition.

Hank is determined by principle to fulfill his commitment to deliver the logs. 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.

Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey

It takes a little getting used to but the effect is worth the effort. Sometimes a Great Notion discussion. With Henry still injured, the family needs additional labor and, as a result, Hank sends for his half-brother, Leland, who is doing graduate work back East.

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