One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Nov 27, 2007 - Fiction - 336 pages
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An international bestseller and the basis for a hugely successful film, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was one of the defining works of the 1960s.

A mordant, wickedly subversive parable set in a mental ward, the novel chronicles the head-on collision between its hell-raising, life-affirming hero Randle Patrick McMurphy and the totalitarian rule of Big Nurse. McMurphy swaggers into the mental ward like a blast of fresh air and turns the place upside down, starting a gambling operation, smuggling in wine and women, and egging on the other patients to join him in open rebellion. But McMurphy's revolution against Big Nurse and everything she stands for quickly turns from sport to a fierce power struggle with shattering results.

With One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Kesey created a work without precedent in American literature, a novel at once comic and tragic that probes the nature of madness and sanity, authority and vitality. Greeted by unanimous acclaim when it was first published, the book has become and enduring favorite of readers.

  

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The imagery is so vivid, it's amazing. - Goodreads
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A great insight into the true meaning of human sanity. - Goodreads
Besides the depressing ending. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Cait - Goodreads

I enjoyed this book very much. The ending was not what I had expected, and it reminded me a bit of the Green Mile - sad, but understandable with the way things worked out. I read another review where ... Read full review

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This work is based on Kesey's observations of America's mental institutions and his own experiences with hallucinogenic drugs. The delusions of the narrator, Chief Bromden, serve to blur the ... Read full review

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