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One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
by Ken Kesey

 Reissue Edition 
Mass Market Paperback
Published by New American Library
Publication date: July 1989
Dimensions (in inches): 6.87 x 4.20 x .67
ISBN: 0451163966 

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Kesey chronicles the struggle between a formidable nurse on a mental ward and an inmate who refuses to surrender to her soul-destroying methods. 2 cassettes. --This text refers to the audio cassettes edition of this title.

Sailor Song
by Ken Kesey

 Reprint Edition 
Published by Penguin USA (Paper)
Publication date: July 1, 1993
Dimensions (in inches): 8.39 x 5.70 x 1.41
ISBN: 0140139974 

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The merry anarchist of American letters and author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Sometimes a Great Notion triumphantly returns with a darkly comic novel set in the near future. "Brimming with wild characters and hairpin plot twists. . . ."--Boston Sunday Globe. 

From Kirkus Reviews, 06/14/92:
After 25 years, a new novel from Kesey--a brilliant, funny, heartening tale of the power of love to stomp out evil in the last decent town on earth--proves that the heroic old Trickster can still pitch a fastball. Just after the turn of the millennium, Isaak Sallas, a.k.a ``the Bakatcha Bandit,'' a legendary environmental warrior from the ``Nasty Nineties,'' wakes up in his antique trailer to confront a couple of unwelcome omens from the end of the world. The most deadly sign is the silvery albino Nick Levertov, the bad-seed son of Alice (``the Angry Aleut''), battering the hell out of blowzy Louise Loop. The next day, watching a huge silver movie-company yacht sail into the harbor with Levertov aboard, Sallas realizes that Levertov has come back to Kuinak, Alaska, to settle a score of grievances. A couple of decades before, Sallas, once a CIA flier who won the Navy Cross, had to bear the death of his baby daughter- -a death caused by his own exposure to pesticides. The tragedy transformed him absolutely. The next day, he used his pesticide plane to drop a fragrant load on an upper-middle-class crowd at a California county fair: right ``Bakatcha.'' His fire had burned out long since, he now thinks. He'd hoped to live in peaceful obscurity in this last unpolluted backwater, fishing with the jolly Brit skipper Carmody and his Rasta sidekick Greer. 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. The situation was in progress, and in dedicated lock; it couldn't be blinked and it couldn't be ducked.'' A wonderful tale for the times, proving Kesey is ``Bakacha'' after all these years. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


cover Sometimes a Great Notion
by Ken Kesey

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Paperback, 628 pages
Published by Penguin USA (Paper)
Publication date: June 1, 1988
Dimensions (in inches): 7.75 x 5.06 x 1.18
ISBN: 0140045295 

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A reader from Denver, Colorado, 09/04/97, rating=10:
The most influential book in my education as a writer
It took at least two tries before I understood the scope of the text in front of me. I first read this book on a recommendation, nothing else. I wondered what was going to happen, and subsequently missed what did happen. Kesey produces a masterpiece, relating the story from every imaginable point of view. Take the time to savor the story, feed on the words, and this novel will change your life.


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