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Sailor Song

Kesey, Ken

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ISBN 10: 0670835218 / ISBN 13: 9780670835218
Published by New York: Viking - Penguin Group, 1992, New York, 1992
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 1st Ed., 1st Printing, number row starting with 1, HB/DJ, NF/NF, 533 pp. Previous owner signed and dated book on FFep on bottom corner. DJ has chipped paint on rear top corner about 1/8" square, two thin light ink lines 1/4" & 1/2" on front of DJ near edge. The story, set some 30 years hence, involves Ike Sallas, a once-famous ecoterrorist now living in an Alaskan fishing village. Ike's carefully cultivated disengagement is threatened first by the arrival of a Hollywood film company, there to make a movie based on a children's book, and then by his thawing relations with Alice Carmody, a fisherman's wife whose marriage is on the rocks. Bookseller Inventory # 4054

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Title: Sailor Song

Publisher: New York: Viking - Penguin Group, 1992, New York

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition

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After writing two books in the early 1960s, both now established as American classics, Ken Kesey abandoned the novel in its established form. Over the past twenty-five years he has written many shorter pieces, but only now, with Sailor Song, brings his considerable powers once again to bear on a full-scale undertaking, giving us a unique and powerful novel about America. Set in the near future, the story takes us to the Alaskan village of Kuinak, a rundown fishing community of Deaps (Descendants of Early Aboriginal Peoples) and Lower Forty-eight refugees perched on the Western Edge of history. It's a scene rich with characters, like Alice the Angry Aleut, Ike Sallas (known as "the Bakatcha Bandit" during the environmental wars of the nineties), the town's indispensable "scoot" runner Billy the Squid, and the Loyal Order of Underdogs, who meet monthly for the Full Moon Howl. Into their peculiar midst sails a mighty ship of last hopes, loaded to the gunwales with a big-bucks Hollywood film company. This famous studio/yacht has come north to film a classic childrenas book, The Sea Lion. Unscripted transformations abound as the project stirs a new mix into the community, including a tribe brought down from the remote north. Sailor Song is an epic novel that revolves around the question: Does love make any sense at the end of the world? It's about things that endure and come around again - back at you, and back to you.

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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