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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Kesey, Ken (Book - 2003 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Kesey's work is the seminal novel of the 1960s that has left an indelible mark on literature. 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.
Authors: Kesey, Ken
Title: One flew over the cuckoo's nest
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2003
Characteristics: xxii, 281 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Ken Kesey ; with illustrations and a new introduction by the author ; text introduction by Robert Faggen
Notes: Originally published: New York : Viking, 1962
Summary: Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Kesey's work is the seminal novel of the 1960s that has left an indelible mark on literature. 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.
ISBN: 0141181222
9780141181226
Branch Call Number: FICTION KESEY 2003
Subject Headings: Psychiatric hospital patients Fiction Psychiatric hospitals Fiction Psychiatric nurses Fiction Mentally ill Fiction Oregon Fiction
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Medical novels
Satire
Topical Term: Psychiatric hospital patients
Psychiatric hospitals
Psychiatric nurses
Mentally ill
LCCN: 2001046923
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This narrative may seem far away from Cadillac Desert, but then again, Kesey uses the damming of Celilo Falls to prop up his central metaphor and as an inciting moment.

The regional classic follows Chief's struggle with the Combine while interned at the Oregon State Hospital; more vivid and far-reaching than the melodrama starring Jack Nicholson.

The struggle for power between a head nurse and a male patient in a mental institution leads to a climax of hate, violence and death.


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Mar 29, 2014
  • AtomicSpatula rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An eye opening but amazing novel. It was a little rough at some parts, however, the overall quality of this book cannot be denied. McMurphy, the protagonist, not only has his own limits put to the test, but his friends are also tempted and tested as well, making this novel's protagonist seem more whole than many others. Kesey has done an amazing job not only giving the audience an amazing story, but also a very waking picture of mental institutions of the time.

Oct 26, 2013
  • iroquoisleaves rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

In spite of being fictional and outdated, it still exposes the criminality and perversity of the racket/cult of psychiatry.

I'm sure this is a great book, but I'm unable to download from Amazon who thinks I have the book and will only let me return it...even though I've never downloaded it. Disappointing.

Apr 15, 2013
  • vwruleschick rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Coming out of a drowsy fog, you meet Chief and his surroundings inside an assylum somewhere close to Portland, Oregon in the 60s/70s where shock therapy and lobotomies are the norm. Until McMurphy shows up with his outgoing, charismatic personality to show the man (in case Nurse Ratched) who's in charge. Follow the fast-talking McMurphy as he gains friendship and allies, while on the loose. But watchout the Nurse is watching and you don't think for a minute she is going to let it slide. Loved how the story was told from the Chief's POV.

Dec 09, 2012
  • eddyg23 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

poop

Jun 05, 2012
  • kori_liz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

love this book so much that i bought a copy

Mar 04, 2012
  • AfrikasGirl rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I picked this book up because it was listed as a classic, and I was in need of a good read. This book has several moments of disturbing events intertwined with great formative memories. Told through the gentle narration of "Chief", you won't want to put this book down, no matter how squeamish you are.

Maybe it was because I was sick while reading the book, but I was not expecting the ending.

Nevertheless, this is a solid read.

Oct 16, 2011
  • macierules rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A classic man against society novel. Loved it.

Aug 08, 2011
  • krph3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

absolutely amazing!

Nov 25, 2010
  • jasonkeats rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Awesome book, I really enjoyed reading this one, the characters were great, and the story was excellent (and the movie based on this novel was enjoyable as well).

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