Sometimes a Great Notion – Ken Kesey (1962)

Sometimes a Great Notion is Ken Kesey‘s second novel, published in 1964. While One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962) is arguably more famous, many critics consider Sometimes a Great Notion Kesey’s magnum opus. The story involves an Oregon family of gyppo loggers who cut and procure trees for a local mill in opposition to striking, unionized workers. Kesey took the title from the song ‘Goodnight, Irene‘, popularized by Lead BellySometimes I lives in the country / Sometimes I lives in town / Sometimes I take a great notion / To jump into the river an’ drown. The story centers on the Stamper family, a hard-headed logging clan in the fictional town of Wakonda, Oregon in the early 1960s. The union loggers in the town of Wakonda go on strike in demand of the same pay for shorter hours in response to the decreasing need for labor. The Stamper family, however, owns and operates a company without unions and decides to continue work as well as supply the regionally owned mill with all the timber the laborers would have supplied had the strike not occurred. …”
Sometimes a Great Notion: The Story of a Family Who Would Never Give an Inch
Ken Kesey: Sometimes a Great Notion Takes Root
amazon, Audiobooks
[PDF] Sometimes a Great Notion
YouTube: Leadbelly – Goodnight Irene

VOICE: Deserved Second Act for Paul Newman’s Sometimes a Great Notion by J. Hoberman
NY Times: Story of Logging Strike Opens at 22 Theaters Fonda Heads Family in Independence Fight By VINCENT CANBY (March 2, 1972)
W – Sometimes a Great Notion (film)
YouTube: Sometimes a Great Notion – trailer, All His Children : Charley Pride, Sometimes a Great Notion 1971 CUT

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