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It is sad how so much of our society is prejudiced against the mentally ill, regarding them as unthinking and unfeeling, and therefore undeserving of any compassion. The author does a great service to us all by correcting this misunderstanding. With this book, he has not only prepared me for what may be my experience should something similar happen to me, he has also taught me how to show more patience and love towards those who suffer as he did. His book has the power to make the world a better place. It should be required reading for all those who are preparing themselves for any type of work involving the mentally ill.
By the time readers finish this book, they will understand themselves better and learn to get more out of life, regardless of where they fall on the scale of fully sane (is anyone fully sane?) to insane. If they have friends or family members who are mentally ill, they will love them more and have more joy in their relationships with them. If they work with the mentally ill, their work will take on a whole new meaning; it will be more fulfilling and more satisfying.Read more ›
His memoir reads like both fiction and philosophy. He had his wife's journals of their reactions to his aberrant behavior, which he incorporates throughout the memoir. At the same time, he has vivid recall of the people he interacted with at the hospitals, both staff and patients. Some of the patients seem saner than their keepers.
The action in the chapters moves quickly between episodes of despair and episodes of Transcendental philosophy about creating a new Utopia. Ken in the midst of his mental issues considers how negative feelings and emotions trigger negative responses in others. He watches for others to join his way of life in the effort of true listening and empathy.
It is obvious from this book that Ken knows the system. He survived the cuckoo's nest though his success came from self-analysis rather than the input of caring physicians.
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