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Sailor Song

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. 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 option we ve gotThere s going to be a lot of discussion of the ending of the book a lot of angry confusion that at first gives you the sensation you re at the wrong end of a prank But in a strange way the ending works in a novel about futility and failure Sure the book is merry enough along the way with a wildly constructed future of Alaska featuring eternally burning garbage heaps overweight Irishmen dancing with their own bellies sudecitiveinnocent primitive beauties high flying adventures against gargantuan mormons and pigs fighting bears In fact in many ways the book works best simply as a prank or a joke it s funny in the same ways that Benny Profane of V or Orin Incandenza of Infinite Jest are But whereas both of those characters meandered through absurdity they were always reigned within the confines of a novelistic purpose even if not a personal oneWhich brings me back to failure Ike Sallas was once a freedom fighter ala Cesar Chavez and then calmed down some We never really see any of this except in peekaboo flashbacks and the odd grunt But Ike s time is over He s let his fire go out and the eco terrorists have lost Temperatures soar across the globe the wilderness is dying Ike manages to rally once firing off an impassioned speech against encroaching globalization on his Alaskan wilderness town and he utterly fails impressing no one and changing nothing The point is Ike s time is past Kesey s time is pastSo when an event occurs in the last sixty pages of the book that renders all of Ike s struggles moot some could say the ending is alluded to but the novel has so many sidetracks and deadend turns it resembles the Alaskan coastline so if we were to catch on to the impending events it was either sloppy writing or an afterthought it s almost understandable The previous 460 pages were futile in the face of this catastrophe and accomplished nothing just as Ike s efforts did nothing to stem the erosion of the environment just as Kesey didn t stop oppressive elements in societyTo call this book a swan song would be going a bit far I think But Kesey was at least aware of the parallels he was creating between two tired warriors embittered by their failures and doing their best to cling to their lovers and friends their merry pranksters waiting to overcome the ignorance of the masses in their wilderness shacksAll in all the book is a failure too It entertains without saying anything dangles characters and plot points like a hyperactive puppeteer interested in his mental whispering than his audience In a way you wonder if Kesey was trying to join his contemporary Pynchon in a postmodern examination of characters and themes mixing pop songs and folk tales with emotional drama ambassadors and bowling alleys a sea of fishkids and a sea of lost refugees And maybe maybe he just realized he couldn t get there and wanted us to remind us that this wasn t his fight any and bowed out wishing us a cackling good luck on the future we made by ignoring his advice

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War escalates into a struggle for the soul of the town as the novel spins and swirls toward a harrowing climaxKesey has given us a uniue and powerful novel about America and this epic tale of the north is a vibrant moral fable for our ti. Strap on your rubber tire coat head for the boat stow your blow up lifesuit and Jeep on up to Kuinak Alaska home to the best motley crew of ne er do wells Underdogs albino villains crustybusty women and angelic Real Deal Native Alaskans Throw in some scoot a lot of history and geography and scientific stuff and a roaring plea for decency and fairness and you ve got a good part of Sailor Song Humor outrageous outrage timeliness wonder full characterization and space age stuff make this a real good book to read even if you don t love it as much as Kesey s other workI miss Ken Kesey I really do I wish there were of us with his spirit of rebellion in Trumplandia Burning Attraction rubber tire coat head for the boat stow your blow up lifesuit and Jeep on up to Kuinak Alaska home to the best motley crew of ne er do wells Underdogs albino villains crustybusty women and angelic Real Deal Native Alaskans Throw in some scoot a lot of history and geography and scientific stuff and a The Numbers Game roaring plea for decency and fairness and you ve got a good part of Sailor Song Humor outrageous outrage timeliness wonder full characterization and space age stuff make this a Tall man riding. real good book to The 7 Components of Transformative Organizing Theory read even if you don t love it as much as Kesey s other workI miss Ken Kesey I The Big Golden Book of Poetry really do I wish there were of us with his spirit of

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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. 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 stories together with nothing than a paragraph break each time Before I read this I went out and bought Sea Lion so I could be familiar with the premise of this book not knowing that the Sea Lion is printed in it s entirety in Sailor Song


10 thoughts on “Sailor Song

  1. says:

    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 cu

  2. says:

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Sometimes a Great Notion are two of the greatest novels I've read Like those two Kesey's

  3. says:

    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 th

  4. says:

    The phrase I was searching for throughout Sailor Song was wish fulfillment It's difficult to read the protagonist Ike Sallas as anything but t

  5. says:

    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 probabilitiesThis 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 t

  6. says:

    Wow I really liked this book for like 78'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 su

  7. says:

    I never finished reading this but I watched Kesey write it at the Dirty D in Astoria When he held a book singin

  8. says:

    Strap on your rubber tire coat head for the boat stow your blow up lifesuit and Jeep on up to Kuinak Alaska home to the best motley crew of ne'er do wells Underdogs albino villains crustybusty women and angelic Real Deal Native Alaska

  9. says:

    Ken Kesey is one of the great riffers in the history of American letters Unfortunately this novel reveals itself in the end as nothing

  10. says:

    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 inspired writer by engaging with this piece of literature At ti

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