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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I loved the writing and the ending was satisfying. - Goodreads
However the slow pace and bad ending killed it. - Goodreads
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Kesey seems misogynistic in his depiction of women. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Vanessa - Goodreads

What an ending! If it wasn't for the final two or three chapters, I would have given this book only 3/5 stars. I enjoyed it and it definitely left an indelible mark on me, but I was expecting to love it more than I did. That ending more than made up for it, though! Read full review

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User Review  - Amy - Goodreads

Word of warning that it is very much a book of it's time and the sexism and racism are rampant, but this was just incredible. This is one of the most well thought out and deliberate books I've ever read. So many layers that I know will stick with me for a long time. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Ken Kesey was born in 1935 and grew up in Oregon. He graduated from the University of Oregon and later studied at Stanford with Wallace Stegner, Malcolm Cowley, Richard Scowcroft, and Frank O' Connor. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, his first novel, was published in 1962. His second novel, Sometimes a Great Notion, followed in 1964. His other books include Kesey's Garage Sale, Demon Box, Caverns (with O. U. Levon), The Further Inquiry, Sailor Song, and Last Go Round (with Ken Babbs). His two children's books are Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear and The Sea Lion. Ken Kesey died on November 10, 2001.

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