- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (5 May 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141187883
- ISBN-13: 978-0141187884
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 5 May 2005
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"A glittering parable of good and evil." -"The New York Times Book Review" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Ken Kesey (1935-2001) was raised in Oregon, graduated from the University of Oregon, and later studied at Stanford University. He was the author of four novels, two children's books, and several works of nonfiction.
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest can be read on many levels. Though essentially a satirical critique on mental institutions and their methods, it also demonstrates the oppressive role that authorities play in controlling and manipulating the lives of individuals in different circumstances, and is a sharp comment on the blurred distinction between sanity and insanity. Boisterous and brutal, it remains one of the iconic works of America's 1960s counter-culture and one of that country's most original and brilliant novels.
'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' is the intense story of a group of mentally ill patients and their over bearing nurse. This Nurse has complete control over the hospital ward, and the patients are entirely beaten down and do not question her authority. McMurphy arrives - and everything changes. A rogue, gambling, criminal who subverts all authority. He challenges the Nurse's power, first as a game, then as a desperate attempt to prove to the patients that life is worth living. He lives with men, who feel that their lives are over, as they helplessly conform to the Nurse's whim. McMurphy, brings laughter, adventure, women and booze to the small hospital world; most importantly, he provides these men with a hero. They idolise him as a saviour and through their devotion force him to become one, as he gives his life in their defence. Keesy's novel is powerful, and uplifting, yet with a fatalistic note. We know it can not end happily as the Nurse is a symbol for the whole system of government and McMurphy is only one man. However, the whole novel resonates with power, despite the nihalistic undertones.
Although Kesey's novel is intended as a metaphor for the government's control of people's lives, the reason it works so well for me is because the characterisation is equally interesting in its own right. McMurphy's tense, carefully fought and long drawn out battle with the Big Nurse shows us a lot about his character and shows his growing sense of responsibility towards the other men. The freedom he tries so hard to give them is heavily undermined when he learns that they have entered the hospital voluntarily: his own sense of self worth has become closely tied to his efforts to increase theirs. To learn that the other "prisoners" are in fact there seemingly of their own free will is shocking to McMurphy, who cannot understand them.
McMurphy is the outcast, the rebel, the top dog of his own world, who initially starts by actively embracing the hospital, and ends by loathing it yet not quite managing to leave (despite opportunities). He cannot comprehend why the other men are there voluntarily, yet his desire to help them prevents him from leaving and makes him one of them.
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wow, amazing book, very different from the movie as chief is the storyteller in the book, adore it and a lot was written while Ken Kesy was on acid which makes it a little more... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a cracking novel, a true classic and the inspiration behind the epic film of the same name. Here, the book is better than the movie, but only slightly – oh, and I don’t... Read morePublished 1 month ago by SocialBookshelves.com
Great price and quick delivery.Highly recommend this seller and this particular story. Read first to get the real insights behind the characters and the story,then watch the movie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. O. Toole
This was a book club read and everyone who read the prologue was put off reading the story itself - which is a lot more readable. Read morePublished 2 months ago by lizzyorks