Sometimes a Great Notion

Sometimes a Great Notion

By Ken Kesey; Ed McClanahan (Introduction by)

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780140045291, 640pp.

Publication Date: July 1977

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.

About the Author
Ne en 1935 dans l Oregon, Ken Kesey finance ses etudes a la Stanford University en se portant volontaire pour un programme d experimentation de drogues, a l hopital psychiatrique de la region ou il est bientot embauche comme infi rmier de nuit. Une experience sous acides qui lui inspire son premier roman, Vol au-dessus d un nid de coucou porte a l ecran en 1975 par Milo Forman. Figure incontournable du mouvement psychedelique, Ken Kesey publie en 1963 Et quelquefois j ai comme une grande idee (Editions Monsieur Toussaint Louverture).

Ed McClanahan is the author of several books, and his writing has appeared in Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Playboy. McClanahan has taught English and creative writing at Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of Montana, and the University of Kentucky. He and his wife live in Lexington, Kentucky.