Sometimes a Great Notion


Initial reviews of the book ran to both extremes,[3] but its reputation has aged well. Charles Bowden calls it "one of the few essential books written by an American in the last half century."[4] In 1997, a panel of Northwest writers voted it number one in a list of "12 Essential Northwest Works".[5] One book critic has described it as "what may well be the quintessential Northwest novel".[6] The novel has been compared to William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! in both form and content.[7]

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