Sometimes a Great Notion
The magnificent second novel from the legendary author of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Sailor Song" is a wild-spirited and hugely powerful tale of an Oregon logging clan. A bitter strike is raging in a small lumber town along the Oregon coast. Bucking that strike out of sheer cussedness are the Stampers: Henry, the fiercely vital and overpowering patriarch; Hank, the son who has spent his life trying to live up to his father; and Viv, who fell in love with Hank's exuberant machismo but now finds it wearing thin. And then there is Leland, Henry's bookish younger son, who returns to his family on a mission of vengeance - and finds himself fulfilling it in ways he never imagined. Out of the Stamper family's rivalries and betrayals Ken Kesey has crafted a novel with the mythic impact of Greek tragedy.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
The Stampers are a rebellious, ornery clan of loggers who live on the Oregon coast. The family motto is "Never Give a Inch" - grammar mistake intended. The union loggers in the town of Wakonda have decided to go on strike, hoping for better working conditions. But the Stamper family operation is union free and choose to not only not join the strike, but take advantage of the work stoppage by supplying the local mill with all the lumber that would have been supplied by the union loggers. This creates a bitter feud between the town and the contrary Stampers. The story takes some effort to follow, shifting often and without warning both in time as well as point of view. Although this can be a challenge initially, stick with the book. It is well worth the effort. The characters are deep and complex and the story is uplifting. One of my favorites!
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I'm reluctant to write a review of this book. It's an American classic. Who am I to write a review of an American classic? I don't write well enough for that. So but anyway. I loved and hated it. It's ... Read full review