One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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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
However the slow pace and bad ending killed it. - Goodreads
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Things that I liked about the book: The plot. - Goodreads
A great insight into the true meaning of human sanity. - Goodreads

One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest

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This book works your imagination on how the patients see the way theirlife is like in the Asylum. Small children should not try to read this. Youneed to get past the first two chapters to understand the way life is there.I would recommend reading it. Read full review

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User Review  - Fiona Salvatore - Goodreads

As a psychology student I really enjoyed this book for the insights into mental institutions in the 1950's/60's, where severe and unnecessary procedures including ECT and lobotomy were used to control ... Read full review

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