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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Signet) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1963
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R.P. McMurphy is a sane man that, due to a brush with the law, opts for being committed in a mental asylum rather than be incarcerated with hard labor. Upon his entry in the secluded world of the asylum, he strips all the barriers formed and starts laying his own rules, in his own way. This leads to problems with the head honcho of the place. A big, gruesome, and menacingly evil Nurse Ratched, dubbed Big Nurse for her huge frame and even huger bosom. The rollercoaster, that patient McMurphy takes the inmates through, finally leads them to realize the ultimate goal. That man, no matter the situation, can always hold his destiny in his hands. This knowledge, achieved in the end, does not come without a price.
Set in the late 60s, early 70s, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a gem of modern literary works that came out at the time. It brought out a wonderfully-made movie, starring Jack Nicholson as McMurphy. The role defined him as an actor to be reckoned with. Though the mavie is seen through the eyes of McMurphy, the novel's perspective looks at things through the eyes of a big half white, half Native American inmate, that acts deaf and dumb in front of the asylum's staff. The narrative, because it is through the eyes of a mental patient, can at times be truly insane. That's where the fun really lies.Read more ›
The author's tale takes place in a mental asylum at an unknown time. Perhaps this is because time has little importance to the inmates in the facility. The people in this particular ward of the hospital fall into categories of `acute' or `chronic,' depending on whether they have hope of recovery or are irrevocably ill. The days are full of drudgery, an endless round of medications interspersed with playing cards against the background of canned polka music. Everyday the acute patients meet for group therapy that really doubles as a McCarythyesque tattling session. The name of the game is acquiescence to the myriad rules and regulations of the institution. Those inmates who violate the rules earn a trip to the disturbed ward or a quick trip to the electroshock chamber.Read more ›
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Having seen this movie a couple of times 30 years ago made the book more enjoyable given the insights from the chief and the life he came from and was probably going to. Read morePublished 3 days ago by daniel borgman
Only half way thru the book and 'One Flew...' isn't what I expected although it's written fairly well. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Andrea M Hebert
Ken Kesey at his sharpest. A lot of similarities with the movie, as well as a lot of differences. Kesey's take on american society by viewing it through the eyes of a schizophrenic... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Jacob Zebulon Rey
An enjoyable read. I so fondly remember the movie starring Jack Nicholson when it came out but had never actually read the book. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Professor
"The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power."
-- Francis Bacon, 1561-1626
This novel still represents for me the tremendous power of literature; a... Read more