Last Go Round

Ken KESEY

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Last Go Round
Last Go Round

"A RIPSNORTER OF A YARN": LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF LAST GO ROUND, ONLY OF ONLY 200 COPIES SIGNED BY KEN BABBS AND KEN KESEY

KESEY, Ken with BABBS, Ken. The Last Go Round. New York: Viking, 1994. Octavo, original half red cloth, pictorial endpapers, original dust jacket. $2200.

Signed limited first edition of Kesey's last novel, number 154 of only 200 copies boldly signed in colored ink and crayon by both him and Ken Babbs.

"Much of Last Go Round"—'a history in the form of a novel' written with the aid of research by Kesey's friend Ken Babbs—is far-fetched. But then of course Kesey is writing in the tradition of the tall tale, where anything goes in the cause of fleshing out the myths of the American past. And what could be more exaggeratedly American in this time of sensitivity to multiculturalism than a yarn in which the stars of a legendary rodeo turn out to be a southern gentleman, a black, an Indian and a Jewish woman, and in which the villains try to rig the outcome of the show in favor of the white man? At least you think that Kesey's tale is a tall one until you come to the first section of photographs in the book. Now it may be true that a few of the outlandish characters in the story are not pictured here and must therefore be presumed to have been invented… But there are photos of George Fletcher and Jackson Sundown, respectively the black man and Indian of Kesey's yarn. There is Frank Gotch, the wrestler, looking almost as gigantic as his prose description. There is Parson Montanic dressed up in ornate Indian regalia and possibly blessing his flock. So it gradually becomes clear that as much as Kesey may be exaggerating events, he is simultaneously unearthing a reality that is not usually associated with the frontier… As well as being a ripsnorter of a yarn, the history [Kesey] retells so energetically has a surprising degree of wistful complexity" (New York Times). With 16 pages of black-and-white photographs. Printed letter from Kesey laid in.

Original pencil limitation number at Kesey's signature largely erased but impression still legible. Book fine, dust jacket very nearly so.

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