Sailor Song

Sailor Song 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

  • Title: Sailor Song
  • Author: Ken Kesey
  • ISBN: 9780140139976
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 Descendants of Early Aboriginal People are seduceSet 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 Descendants of Early Aboriginal People 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.Kesey has given us a unique and powerful novel about America, and this epic tale of the north is a vibrant moral fable for our time.

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    1. I first read this book during unfortunate personal circumstances circa 1993. It immediately resonated with the 25 year old rebel that I considered myself to be at the time. Over the years I've read this book about once every five years, and am currently on my 4th copy after giving it to a number of folks with the understanding that they were to pass it along. A lot of the reviews here want to make comparisons to "cuckoo" and "notion". For the life of me I can't understand why Sailor Song is an a [...]

    2. This book seemed much longer than it really was. Other than the run in with Greener and the last two chapters not much interesting happened. Any comparison with McMurphy and Sallas can only be found with two people on opposite ends of the spectrum. Many reviews I read made them sound like the same person. No colorful personalities in this town either. Just a cast of trite characters in a rundown muddy hovel of a town. But still not a bad book. I loved how the last two chapters ran everyone's sto [...]

    3. The phrase I was searching for throughout "Sailor Song" was "wish fulfillment." It's difficult to read the protagonist, Ike Sallas, as anything but the man hero that Kesey constructed in McMurphy of "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest," and really anything but a stand in for the agonized activist Kesey himself. I'm loathe to draw comparisons between authors and their subjects, but Ike Sallas is simply not a believable character, and if he's just a construct, well, then I guess that's the only optio [...]

    4. "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Sometimes a Great Notion" are two the greatest novels I've read. Like those two, Kesey's "Sailor Song" is full of memorable characters and a wonderful, imaginative plot that keeps the reader intrigued. Lots of social commentary mixed in, too, which holds up two decades after the book was written.Problem is, with a massive book like this, the reader would expect a great payoff. Kesey keeps the reader in suspense, presenting a number of possible outcomes, yet [...]

    5. Chances are you've only read One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest. Chances are you have no intention of reading this last Ken Kesey novel. I'm not about to change either of those probabilities.This isn't even that long, at 529 pages hardcover, yet it feels bloated. It reminds one of the reason that clarity is such an important attribute for writing, to say nothing of the entertainment value. It ultimately reads kind of like a joke that only the joke-teller finds funny, and the more he laughs at it th [...]

    6. This was the best book choice I made in 2017. I fell in love with and could relate to almost every beautifully developed character. I became a better reader and a more inspired writer by engaging with this piece of literature. At times I felt like I was there, in Kuinak, with the mangy dogs, the Deaps, and the sketchy movie directors. I felt like I could smell the garbage fire and hear the feral pigs.I was going to lend my copy to a friend but decided against it, as I will be reading this again [...]

    7. Люди виходять із себе, а в один чудовий день вже не можуть повернутися назад.Перед поїздкою в Китай, куди я не мав бажання везти великих книжок через компактне розміщення речей у сумці. Тож перевагу надав аудіокнигам, а сам список складав виключно із рейтингів на сайтах, де [...]

    8. Цю книгу мені принесла моя люба подруга, коли я попросила в неї почитати щось хороше російською. Побачивши ці 500+ сторінок, я спробувала було дорікнути, бо ж усі знали про мій 50 books challenge, а той факт, що я не вкладаюся в дедлайни, був на той момент досить очевидним, однак у відпов [...]

    9. Wow, I really liked this book for like 7/8's of the way through. Kesey paints a wonderful picture of a small, coastal Alaskan fishing village full of colorful characters that come into "good fortune" brought on by big business, hollywood types. There was just the right amount of salty sea anecdotes, heroes dressed in middle class garb, villains with suspicious motives, vigilante religiosity, paranoid drug pushers, and reformed drunks all working the various angles of dealing with the draw of mon [...]

    10. I never finished reading this, but I watched Kesey write it at the Dirty D in Astoria. When he held a book-singing at the Maritime Museum after completing the book, for the first, and only time,(for myself), I went to get an author's signature on a book. (I once went to a book-signing for a Star Wars book, as a gift for my cousin Pete, who loves Star Wars, and liked that particular author.) I remember particularly the effort that Kesey put into personalizing each book. He didn't just have a pen, [...]

    11. Well well. I'd read the reviews and wasn't going to bother, but came across the book while traveling and decided to give it a go. Most of the book is certainly enjoyable. There are some great moments, and a decent set-up. A few explanations are missing, and some of the lingo I didn't understand, but I kept reading assuming a few more details would be forthcoming. But they weren't. I don't regret reading the book, but would highly advise expecting absolutely nothing from the ending. As others hav [...]

    12. this book is great for me. it is fun to read and absorbing. kesey tends to paint a similar protagonist in all of his novels. basically, he replicates himself into his protagonist: strong-minded, strong-bodied, radical and independent. Kesey also understands the flaws a character like this can have, as well as the flaws we all can have. This creates an epic environment in the novel, as each character sorts through their own life's unique problems while trying to survive the plotyways, this book i [...]

    13. This is a quick read, and not as good as Keasy's Cuckoo or Great Notion. The scene was set in Kuniak, Alaska, about 2010. Our hero, Ike Sallas, is a retired environmental terrorist. Other important characters are average people. Plot is set when sick Hollywood types sail in to produce an ancient Eskimos movie. What we learn is that the world is full of dichotomies, good and bad, green and black, new and old, etcetera. One part of the dichotomy always threatens the other and in the end the earth [...]

    14. Just as I do not judge an entire movie based on its ending, I try not to let a book's ending speak for the entire work. However unsatisfactory the last eighth of Sailor Song may be, the rest is written in an original and awe-inspiring way. Kesey invents or (re-invents) terms and vocabulary, but the reader knows exactly to what he is referring each time. The hero is everything a protagonist should be: well-developed, flawed, and compassion-inspiring.Writer and novel are both among my favorites; I [...]

    15. I enjoyed this Pynchonesque novel from Kesey. While telling the same sort of bloviating tale of world-wide conspiracy and machination, Kesey, however, is able to make his characters three dimensional. I enjoyed the ride and saw in this last novel of his some of the same energy and swagger he'd shown in Sometimes a Great Notion.

    16. What do you do with a book by Ken Kesey? I guess you read it no matter what. The first 95% of this book is about murder on the high seas, eskimos, and GMO marijuana. The last 5% is fiction. It's kind of like JR waking up from the dream sequence. A weird choice on the part of the rider. This was the closest I've ever come to putting down a 600 page book with fewer than 20 pages to go.

    17. Though a bit more nautical than I was hoping, this book was an epic journey into the backatcha bandit and scruffy masculine heros. Reading this book before Sarah Palin was announced to be McCain's Vice President definitely damaged my view of her. This book gave me exactly the Alaska I wanted.

    18. " - Вот это жизнь! Понимаешь, о чем я? Чувствовать этот зов открытого моря. Романтика! Необитаемые острова. Подчиняться неведомым течениям и узнавать неизвестное. Неужели ты станешь говорить, что тебе все это безразлично?"Чудесная книга. Местами очень смешно, местами - очень г [...]

    19. This is Keesey at his best cut loose of reality interweaving folklore with environmental concerns and political satire but never losing the human stories. Engaging, fabulously well-told and never dull. A must for any hip bookshelf!

    20. This book was amazing. It didn't make sense always but didn't have to. Reminded me of a post-apocalyptic Watchmen, but way better. Need to read more by Kesey.

    21. illustrates the parallels between hope and hopelessness as interpreted through individual and cultural perspectives of environmental end-timesd it's a sweet love story.

    22. Ken Kesey is perhaps my favorite author. Ever since I read "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" I fell in love with his style. Although this book came much later in his life, he hadn't lost any of his charming touch when putting words on paper. No, I cannot argue that this book is as great as "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." What I can say is that this book follows in the same thread of creativity (or LSD, hard to tell) as his earlier works."Sailor Song" is a page-turner to say the least. It offe [...]

    23. although I did not finish this book I must say I am proud of myself for making it to page 366 before giving up and skipping to the last chapter. what is this book about? I have no cooking clue. the way this book is written makes no sense and neither does the plot. will not be reading more books by this author.

    24. I only got 75 pages in. I was trying to get to 100, but I honestly can't do it. It's written in a long-winded, confusing way that I don't have the patience for like I did with Cuckoo's Nest. I can't muster interest in about any of the characters or anything happening in the story. Read this book if you're having trouble sleeping. It'll put you right out.

    25. Just want to add there is no magic in the version of the cover stickied on top. The totem pole cover is amazing and speaks.

    26. Чак да не повярваш, че това е от бащата на мис Рачид и Рандъл Патрик Макмърфи

    27. Kesey is a master and this is another example of his brilliance. Though slightly different in tone to either Cuckoos Nest or Sometimes a Great Notion, it still holds the similar themes, most notably in the anti-capitalist stance, that ran through both those books. This however is more light hearted in nature, elements of adventure jumping in and out. Essentially it revolves around Ike Sallas, a character not dissimilar from Hank Stamper from Sometimes a Great Notion, maybe modeled on Kesey himse [...]

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