This is supposed to be his great "union" novel; his opus; his "Moby Dick." Well, it's Kesey sans much of the wry humor of Cuckoo's Nest, albeit there is some. At any rate it is life as he finds it in the great Northwest logging country: in this case western Oregon. Page 1 the union is on strike on the left bank, while the "scab" family of non-union loggers continues to cut as usual. 250 pages later, we don't know much of the union's progress but we are getting to know the "scab" family intimately. So where's the great "union" novel? Lots of rhetoric, some wit, plenty of ennui; not much story for 700+ pagesa real tome.
A riveting story of the relationship between a brother and step brother - both misunderstand each other with tragic consequences. Excellent read; very well written. A little slow to start but keep with it...the beginning is set in the present, the rest of the book in the past. It is the past that is riveting!
I read this book about a year ago and it was enough to inspire a series of art pieces, so that should tell you how good it is. Kesey is a great writer and this is a great book!
Superb Ken Kesey. Captures life in the timbered hills of the Northwest. One of the best books you'll read.