In this collection of short stories, Ken Kesey challenges public and private demons with a wrestler's brave and deceptive embrace, making it clear that the energy of madness must live on.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.11(w) x 7.71(h) x 0.84(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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sigh...if only Kesey had stayed off the acid...potential yes, but lost potential.
This is not the military so ignore the stars because they have little significance in literature. This book has been dragged through the mud by critics who feel Kesey was going to enlighten them. I dont know Kesey and never met him but I'm almost sure he is sick of people coming to him as if he had all the answers. Demon Box is basically a collection of travel essays mixed with personal experiences of the author. I was taken to Cairo, China, Mexico, Oregon and into history. The essay on the death of Neil Cassidy was worth the price of admission. I was not dissapointed but then again, I'm not a snobby critic who thinks Ken Kesey can answer all my questions of life.
This book is a collection of stories ranging from the end of the sixties to, well, what Kesey has been up to ever since. What I believe his best work since 'Sometimes a Great Notion,' Kesey proves to still be an incredible writer. This book exposes to the reader many entertaining and significant stories which would probably never reach the mainstream. The title story is probably the best piece, touching on philosophy and psychology while being extemely well written and entertaining. Book may possibly be hard for some unfamiliar with the history surrounding Kesey. Another negative aspect is that the overall tone of the book is quite depressing. Kesey intentionally or not exposes the distinguishing of the light in the sixties which he helped create. Such a cryptic reflection of the time after frequently depresses the reader. Although a grand point in classic Kesey style, he gives the reader a well written collection of entertaining stories.