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Sometimes a Great Notion

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  • Posted November 26, 2008

    The Great American Novel

    I have read the books that are commonly referred to as "The Great American Novel," such as: "The Great Gatsby," "Moby Dick," and "Huckleberry Finn." However, I have never before read a book that made me invest my emotions, focus my attention, or identify with characters as much as this one has. <BR/><BR/>"Sometimes a Great Notion" addresses some (if not all) of the most important and often discussed American themes. Western U.S. Individualism vs. Eastern U.S. Intellectualism, Family Loyalty, Sibling Rivalry, Selfishness vs. Selflessness--all of these themes can be found in Ken Kesey's great epic of the Northwest. <BR/><BR/>This novel is probably the last and most perfect of the literary period known as Modernism. Influenced greatly by William Faulkner, this novel takes the multiple P.O.V. method used in Fauklner's "Absalom, Absalom!" and perfects it, weaving in and out of the character's minds to give the reader a huge tableau of ideas and opinions.<BR/><BR/>The characters in Kesey's novel make you care about the fate of the Stamper family. Kesey has fully fleshed out more characters than you can count on one hand. There is no novel that I would recommend more than "Sometimes a Great Notion."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2004

    a true picture of the pacific northwest

    kesey does a masterful job of capturing the strengths and faults of those that carved out the pacific northwest in a story that is impossible to put down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 1999

    a moving masterpiece of magnanimous, mountainous, proportions

    After I read the book, I set it down, somewhat disappointed. A day later, after some contemplation, I realized the stunning realism of the novel, and after realizing this, I also learned something, perhaps unintentional, of the ending sequence. The novel goes into the nature of love and how our society has perhaps manipulated it in such a way that it has become a mediocre, meaningless farce. The novel is exhilirating and enlightening. I highly recommend it if you've got a little time to burn.

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

    Excellent

    Exceptional writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2008

    As powerful as the river that runs through it

    Not much else to say about this classic that hasn't already been said. I found the dynamic between Hank and Leland to be almost overpoweringly intense, and the unfolding of their story was as gripping as any thriller I've ever read. When I finally put the book down I felt as if I'd emerged from a long winter in the Oregon logging country. A must-read for anyone with a passion for literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2002

    Always a Great Notion

    Remarkable in its ability to demonstrate the social dynamic of its era, Sometimes a Great Notion triumphs as some of the greatest fiction of its age. Kesey's knack for creating and contrasting unique, yet ultimately symbolic characters really dominates this novel, and the book really evolves into a study of not just characters, but of philosophies and popular beliefs as well. Its insights into the meaning of family and life challenge one to examine and rethink their own perceptions, and in many cases, to modify them. A solid and endearing plot combine with a wonderful writing style and an inspiring message to create a truly remarkable story. Sometimes a Great Notion stands along with the works of Steinbeck, Kerouac, and even to a lesser extent Shaw, as a great indicator of its people's tempermant, personality, and condition.

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