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Sailor Song Paperback – July 1, 1993
Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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Top Customer Reviews
SAILOR SONG is superb, remarkable and unmatched in contemporary literature. Ken's grasp of the human condition is extraordinary: man/woman, inter-family, small town, international, global, you name it and Ken's got it in SAILOR SONG. It's an easier read than NOTION, but not as clearcut as NEST.
So many posts here question the ending; not me. I trust Ken ended this the way he saw fit, like the master he was. Life doesn't end cleanly, even though it begins with promise and evolves with careful plot. I don't think any other writer has addressed the scenario of the poles shifting, so while this isn't quite an "end of the world" tale, surely it's clear why Ken dubbed this his science fiction novel.
The characters are unforgettable, and yes the novel reads like a screenplay because it is so extraordinarily vividly written. There are plot twists and curlicues galore -- that's the skill and scope of Kesey coming across. SAILOR SONG, like his other novels, is brimming with quotable phrases and passages that ache for outboarding and inclusion in BARTLETT'S BOOK OF QUOTATIONS. He's that good.
The scenario overall is unforgettable, and the pace is so beguiling that despite the novel's length; when it was over my ONLY regret was that there wasn't more superb literature to keep me riveted. If you are anxious to be engaged, challenged and rewarded by a book time and again, savor SAILOR SONG to the last drop. There ain't no dregs here, just sweet wonderful language coming from a mind without equal. Ken's passing last November was a loss without measure, but we readers are blessed with these words. Enjoy!
Great read...couldn't wait to get back to it each evening.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kesey likes to paint the rustic, his poetic dialogues bring these characters to life.Published 3 days ago by William Reinthaler
A surprisingly dreadful book from this author. It's evident from early in that you are wading into a rambling bummer with no satisfactory resolutions or particularly interesting... Read morePublished 2 months ago by pen name
One of my favorite books, EVER! The characters are both quirky and dark, and the social issues were addressed without preachy commentary. Read morePublished 15 months ago by aishhhh
I love Ken Kesey and this is my favorite book of his. It is nostalgic and it is also romantic. So that only really tells you about me, I guess.Published 16 months ago by sraley2
The book that made me love Kesey's work. I've read them all now, and they're great!Published 18 months ago by Russell Brittan
Ken may be a bit hard on his characters. But maybe that's part of what it takes for great characters.Published on August 3, 2014 by Gregory J. Kaszynski
When I saw Sailor Song for sale at the library, I thought I'd stumbled on two weeks of enchantment. What I kept thinking back to during the 3+ weeks slogging through to the end... Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by GPK
Kesey was a great writer, but this wasn't his best work. Started out as an interesting novel, but he ran out of inspiration, time or interest about two thirds of the way through. Read morePublished on August 19, 2013 by JR
This is one of the worst books that I have ever read. I would suggest that you pick another novel . This one was a complete waste of time. Do not waste your money on it. Read morePublished on February 20, 2012 by redsox517