Sailor Song

Sailor Song

by Ken Kesey


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This epic tale of the north is a vibrant moral fable for our time. Set in the near future in the fishing village of Kuinak, Alaska, a remnant outpost of the American frontier not yet completely overcome by environmental havoc and mad-dog development, Sailor Song is a wild, rollicking novel, a dark and cosmic romp. The town and its denizens—colorful refugees from the Lower Forty-Eight and DEAPs (Descendants of Early Aboriginal Peoples)—are seduced and besieged by a Hollywood crew, come to film the classic children's book The Sea Lion. The ensuing turf war escalates into a struggle for the soul of the town as the novel spins and swirls toward a harrowing climax. Writing with a spectacular range of language and style, Kesey has given us a unique and powerful novel about America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140139976
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/1993
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 583,251
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ken Kesey was born in 1935 and grew up in Oregon. He graduated from the University of Oregon and later studied at Stanford with Wallace Stegner, Malcolm Cowley, Richard Scowcroft, and Frank O' Connor. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, his first novel, was published in 1962. His second novel, Sometimes a Great Notion, followed in 1964. His other books include Kesey's Garage Sale, Demon Box, Caverns (with O. U. Levon), The Further Inquiry, Sailor Song, and Last Go Round (with Ken Babbs). His two children's books are Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear and The Sea Lion. Ken Kesey died on November 10, 2001.

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Sailor Song 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
whitewavedarling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a strange and fun read. Be prepared to get swept in, wonder wholeheartedly about where these characters are before and after, and enjoy the ride. The language here pleases, too, as Kesey has as much fun and talent with the writing as he does with the characters.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. I'm a huge fan of novels/films/etc. that are character driven. Once I picked this novel up I couldn't put it down. The only thing I have a problem with, and it's a HUGE problem, is how this story ended. It was a major let down. The way it ended it seemed as though Mr. Kesey got tired of writing and said, 'Ahh %$@# it!' and hammered out the ending just to get the novel done with. You know that feeling you get after you read a great book? That warm fuzzy sense of satisfaction when you close it for the last time? It didn't happen for me with this book. For an analogy, it was like eating an exquisite dinner at a fine restaurant only to be served a bowl of sh!t for dessert. With that being said, I'd still recommend this novel despite the substandard ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book I enjoyed thoroughly so I do not wish to rate it by stars. The characters are complex and as usual Kesey shows his ability to link history to the future and everything in between. Kesey spends so much time on each charactor and the history of the area, that I find it hard to pick out who this story is about. It is collective and done well.