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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: 50th Anniversary Edition Hardcover – January 19, 2012
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Kesey's new introduction to this anniversary edition could very well be the last thing he worked on before shuffling off this mortal coil in 2001. Additionally, 25 sketches he drew while working at a mental institution in the 1950s, the inspiration for the novel, are littered throughout. Critics are divided on the meaning of the book: Is it a tale of good vs. evil, sanity over insanity, or humankind trying to overcome repression amid chaos? Whichever, it is a great read.
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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."
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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.