New York: Viking, 1964. First edition. A true first printing of both the book and dust jacket. With the author's colorful inscription over stamped raindrops on the front end paper: "For Kieth [sic] When it rains, it keeps on raining. Ken Kesey." Book Near Fine with the top-stain a bit faded otherwise clean and bright. Price-clipped dust jacket also Near Fine with a few short tears and minor wear at the extremities.
A very ambitious literary project by Kesey with a constantly shifting first-person narrator. His second novel after "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." “A tremendous achievement... Set against the damp and brutal background of an Oregon logging community, the book by turns gasps, pants, whoops, and shrieks... you cannot help but admire Kesey’s vigor, his profligate command of the language. And you have to stand back in awe of the man’s ability to create character.” (contemporary review in "The Cleveland Plain Dealer") Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #1191)