BOTWW: Never Give A Inch Edition

Sometimes A Great Notion

We’re back with another BOTWW courtesy of Dylan Tomine.

SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2020:  Sometimes A Great Notion by Ken Kesey, Penguin Books

When I was a kid growing up in Western Oregon, the big talk, for years, was about when Hollywood royalty came to the coast. I was too young when it happened, but every restaurant in Newport had pictures on the wall of Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, Lee Remick, and other stars. The film was Sometimes A Great Notion, and while it’s still a good one, in a dated, 70’s kind of way, the book it was based on is something special. Kesey’s magnificent story of labor strife, long-standing family battles, fathers, sons, and brothers, set in the dark, rainy coastal forest, truly captures the spirit of the old Oregon coast. In some ways, it reminds me of Legends of the Fall, or even A River Runs Through it, but with Kesey’s own, singular language and style. And there’s always this, the Stamper family motto: Never give a inch.

One thought on “BOTWW: Never Give A Inch Edition

  1. Good old “One Flew Over” Ken!

    Then there was the completely color-coordinated, high-Late Forties Fashion Statement, “Cuckoo’s” TV prequel that I only managed to get through about 1.42 episodes of (and only with extreme fast-forwarding in the latter stages) the other day, Ratched, leaving it thinking “…. great filming of the California coastline, some eye-socking and mind-burrowing The Shining-like interiors (in a different, great lighting and fine period detail and style style sort of way though), lashings of luscious Magic Bus Trip Merry Pranksters Ken colour [that’s how I spell color, being a Brit], but…altogether a pretty wretched take on the enduring literary and class big-screen nightmare that was Nurse Ratched….

    Right. Unsolicited review over. Considers spending a couple of hours with the just released and played strictly for laughs “Enola Holmes” this evening…….

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