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Mary

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  • Sometimes a Great Notion

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ken Kesey
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (102)

    A literary icon sometimes seen as a bridge between the Beat Generation and the hippies, Ken Kesey scored an unexpected hit with his first novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. His successful follow-up, Sometimes a Great Notion, was also transformed into a major motion picture, directed by and starring Paul Newman. Here, Oregon’s Stamper family does what it can to survive a bitter strike dividing their tiny logging community. And as tensions rise, delicate family bonds begin to fray and unravel.

    Forrest says: "My Favorite Book"
    "Poetry in Motion"
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    Would you listen to Sometimes a Great Notion again? Why?

    I will keep listening to this forever.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sometimes a Great Notion?

    Kesey is intensely artful and prolific with words that weave the threads and themes of weather, wilderness, wily human behavior, bewildered communication and willful characters to create an unforgettable fabric that constantly enraptures me. Unlike other reviewers who tired of the unclear distinction between voices, I found the unmarked shifting of speakers fascinating as if I were within that family myself, both part of it and also above it watching the whole thing like an organism comprised of swarming cells.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening narration setting the scene of the river and the house is unforgettable.


    If you could take any character from Sometimes a Great Notion out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Viv, because I wonder how a woman could just settle into this and flow with it like she did.


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