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Viking, Jun 15, 1994 - Fiction - 238 pages
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Historical novel meets dime Western as Ken Kesey (Sailor Song) spins a tale about the legendary battle for the first World Championship Broncbusting title in 1911. Bristling with colorful characters such as Buffalo Bill Cody, the rodeo showdown pitted three good friends against one another, leaving the crowd with an image burned forever into memory. 16 pages of photographs.

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The genesis of Kesey's latest effort lies in a campfire story, told to him by his father, about the 1911 Pendleton (Oregon) Round-up and the crowning of the "first'' world champion "broncbuster ... Read full review


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Ken Kesey, 1935 - 2001 Born in Colorado, graduated from the University of Oregon, and since then a sometimes vagabond resident of the West Coast, Kesey has published only two full-length novels, but they have helped to give him a cult following. "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1962) owes much to Kesey's own experience as a ward attendant in a mental hospital. This exciting first novel is told from the point of view of a half-Indian man who thinks of himself as the Big Chief pictured on the writing tablets of everybody's school days looking out at the other inmates in a Disneylike world. Its portrayal of the doomed but heroic rebel McMurphy stood for a particular kind of American individualism. Sometimes a Great Notion (1964) is a long, complex novel that troubled many of Kesey's earlier readers. Kesey's most recent novel is Demon Box (1987); although it was somewhat well received, it was still compared unfavorably to his earlier works. Ken Kesey died on November 11, 2001.

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