Sailor Song by Ken Kesey

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The author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest depicts the collaboration of a big-bucks Hollywood film company with a remote Alaskan Indian tribe in a rundown, twenty-first-century fishing community. 100,000 first printing. $100,000 ad/promo.
 

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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.
 
Published August 1, 1992 by Viking Adult. 528 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Now, however, with Levertov buying up and corrupting the town with wads of movie money and piles of a designer drug called "Scoot," Sallas discovers that he has the stuff--the love and faith--to drive evil out of town: "Dolls were being set up, and being knocked down.

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Kesey ( One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest ; Sometimes a Great Notion ) sets his latest grand, cosmic adventure early in the 21st century, complete with celefones, cardkeys, Mylar pumpsuits and scoot, th

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Kesey's latest cosmic adventure, set in 21st-century Alaska, finds aging hippies hiding out in a fishing village that is invaded by a film crew.

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Kesey ( One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest ;

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Entertainment Weekly

Whether as the protagonist of Tom Wolfe's quintessential book of '60s reportage The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test or as the author of the quintessential '60s novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey has always had a weakness for the heroic gesture—the more futile and self-destructive t...

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The Independent

His most moving passage, about a near- epiphanic animal wail, neatly parallels one's experience of the book: 'The effect seemed somewhat burlesque at first, self-mocking and more than a little shallow, but as the howling lifted there were heard notes of true pathos beneath the parody, of honest a...

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Project MUSE

"Finally," Kesey wrote, "Jed sighed again, the same soft wings except this time they bore the life back into its sacred vessel."1 I recently visited the Kesey home in Pleasant Hill, Oregon.

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