RARA-AVIS: One flew east

From: Robison Michael R CNIN ( Robison_M@crane.navy.mil)
Date: 05 Feb 2003

Somebody noted that the Sixties thing really didn't start until the mid to latter part of the decade, and that a lot writers didn't pick up on it until the Seventies. I agree with this. But there are always a few exceptions, and Ken Kesey's ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, written in 1962, is a great example. Rather than playing catch-up and writing about something that had already happened, Kesey's novel was at the forefront of the new era.

As a postscript, there have been a lot of books that have influenced the course of history, but I don't think I could name one hardboiled/noir that has done that. Any thoughts on that? I know that occasionally there is a hardboiled that makes a really big sensation, but it's mostly just a wave of entertainment, like Puzo's THE GODFATHER.


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