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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) Paperback – Deckle Edge, October 1, 1999
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From Library Journal
This excellent version of Kesey's classic novel does not supplement the fine Recorded Books edition (Audio Reviews, LJ 2/1/93). However, this Blackstone version is a worthy companion, based on the reading skills of narrator Tom Parker. Parker does an exceptional job of bringing to life the characters of Randall Patrick McMurphy, Big Nurse Ratched, Chief Broom, and the others occupying the Oregon mental hospital. He is especially good with Chief Broom, the story's narrator, presenting the chief's state of mind in seeing dark forces behind the nurse's actions plus the changes he undergoes through McMurphy's rebellious, fun-loving nature. Parker's skills and the continuing popularity of this work make this version a required purchase for all collections, even those libraries that have the earlier edition.?Stephen L. Hupp, Univ. of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, PA
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"A work of genuine literary merit . . . What Mr. Kesey has done in his unusual novel is to transform the plight of a ward of inmates in a mental hospital into a glittering parable of good and evil."
--The New York Times Book Review
"[A] brilliant first novel . . . a strong, warm story about the nature of human good and evil . . . Keysey has made his book a roar of protest against middlebrow society's Rules and the invisible Rulers who enforce them."
"The final triumph of these men at the cost of a terrifying sacrifice should send chills down any reader's back. . . . This novel's scenes have the liveliness of a motion picture."
--The Washington Post
"An outstanding book . . . [Kesey's] characters are original and real. . . . This is a tirade against the increasing controls over man and his mind, yet the author never gets on a soap box. Nor does he forget that there is a thin line between tragedy and comedy."
Top customer reviews
He engages the other patient in gambling , drinking (alcohol) and women. He is a ruler breaker, a true rebel ]set on doing things his way, no matter the cost. But soon his little game of rebellion turns into a personal war between him and Nurse Ratched, who is determined to use every thing she has to regain order on her ward.
A fantastic classic told through the voice of one patient, a Half Indian called "Broom". Broom is thought to be deaf and dumb, and is the janitor. He watches in silence as the normal routine turns into daily uproarious adventures. A good look at life inside a mental institute, filled with vivid details, engaging dialog and raw emotions. I highly recommend One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest to young adult and adult readers.
It's a fantastic commentary on the state of mental institutions in recent history as well as the need for power.
If you are like me and somehow lived this long without reading it, definitely give it a look.
For those who do know the plot without having read the novel, know that a stranger such as myself says that it's absolutely worth picking up; there's so much imagery lost in any retelling.