One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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Penguin Books, 2002 - Fiction - 281 pages
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Ken Kesey's counterculture classic

Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is the seminal novel of the 1960s that has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Here is the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially the tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her. We see the struggle through the eyes of Chief Bromden, the seemingly mute half-Indian patient who witnesses and understands McMurphy’s heroic attempt to do battle with the awesome powers that keep them all imprisoned.

This edition includes a new foreword by Kesey, a new text introduction by Robert Faggen, and line drawings the author made when writing the book, many never before published.

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I loved the writing and the ending was satisfying. - Goodreads
However the slow pace and bad ending killed it. - Goodreads
The imagery is so vivid, it's amazing. - Goodreads
Kesey seems misogynistic in his depiction of women. - Goodreads
Things that I liked about the book: The plot. - Goodreads
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User Review  - lavaturtle - LibraryThing

I know this is supposed to be an allegory for oppression of the individual in general, but it works just as well as a critique of institutionalization. Absolute power over people breeds abuse. Yes ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jack Chory - Goodreads

The movie was good but the book was so much better. Really enjoyed Kesey's style of writing, an almost stream of consciousness filled with such original and striking descriptions. McMurphy is such an amazing character, and Ratched is such a truly evil force. Read full review

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About the author (2002)

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.
 

Robert Faggen teaches at Claremont McKenna College.


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