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Encyclopedia > Sometimes a Great Notion (novel)

Sometimes a Great Notion is a 1964 novel by Ken Kesey. Image File history File links Getatnotion. ... Image File history File links Getatnotion. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Kenneth Elton Kesey (September 17, 1935 – November 10, 2001) was an American author, best known for his novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, and as a (counter) cultural figure who, some consider, was a link between the beat generation of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s. ...

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Plot summary

The plot centers on the Stamper family, a hard-headed logging clan in the fictional town of Wakonda, Oregon. When the rest of the town goes on strike, the Stampers continue logging, creating strife with the local union and eventually within the family. It is widely considered among the masterpieces of Western American literature. Kesey's second novel, following the phenomenal success of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, it is both more rooted in realism than his previous work and at the same time more experimental. It has been compared to William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! in both form and content. Lumberjacks in Oregon, c. ... Official language(s) None Capital Salem Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq mi (255,026 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 2. ... One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest is a 1975 film directed by MiloÅ¡ Forman. ... William Cuthbert Faulkner (September 25, 1897 – July 6, 1962) was an American novelist and poet whose works feature his native state of Mississippi. ... Absalom, Absalom! is a Southern Gothic novel by William Faulkner, published in 1936. ...


The novel uses the somewhat disorientating technique of having multiple characters speaking sequentially in the first voice, with no announcement that the first-person speaker has changed. A first reading can be confusing, but subsequent readings reveal that Kesey always provides a clue, quickly referring to the previously-presumed first character in the third person. This technique allows Kesey to weave an intricate braid of characters whose motives are understood in depth by the reader, but yet do not communicate well with each other.


Film adaptation

The film was adapted into a film of the same name: Sometimes a Great Notion (1971 film). In Britain it is more commonly known by its original release title: Never Give an Inch, which refers to the motto painted in yellow machine-paint by the father, over a pious religious scene that was sent to his infant son by estranged relatives. The film starred Paul Newman and Henry Fonda and was nominated for two Oscars. Sometimes A Great Notion was a 1971 film, starring Paul Newman and Henry Fonda, and featuring Richard Jaeckel in his Oscar nominated role. ... Paul Leonard Newman (born January 26, 1925) is an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Cannes Award, and Emmy Award winning American iconic actor and film director. ... Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was a highly acclaimed Academy Award-winning American film actor, best known for his roles as plain-speaking idealists. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...


Trivia

Sometimes I live in the country
Sometimes I live in the town
Sometimes I get a great notion
To jump into the river an’ drown
Howard Dean III (born November 17, 1948) is an American politician and physician from the U.S. state of Vermont. ... Goodnight Irene, or Irene, is a 20th century American folk standard. ... Huddie William Ledbetter (January 23, 1888 - December 6, 1949) was an American folk and blues musician, notable for his clear and forceful singing, his virtuosity on the twelve string guitar, and the rich songbook of folk standards he introduced. ...

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