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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962)

by Ken Kesey

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    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (lucyknows)
    lucyknows: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey may be paired with A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess or The Outsider by Albert Camus. All three novels explore the them of society versus the individual.
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    Screw, a guard's view of Bridgewater State Hospital by Tom Ryan (fundevogel)
    fundevogel: A first hand account of the physical and psychological abuse of inmates at the Bridgewater Prison Hospital.
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    Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates by Erving Goffman (BeeQuiet)
    BeeQuiet: When reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest there were two books that immediately sprung to mind, both non-fiction and the latter of which I'll post above. I think anyone captivated by the relations in this book, particularly the way in which the inmates are made to perceive themselves will get a huge amount from this book. It's wonderful, and Goffman has a very lucid, accessible way of writing, which certainly helps.… (more)
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    Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason by Michel Foucault (BeeQuiet)
    BeeQuiet: Furthering on my Goffman recommendation, Foucault here details what he sees as being the movement from "treatment" of the mentally ill through more violent means through to what is described in Kesey's book as "infinitely more human methods". What is shown through Foucault's work is that whilst leaving no physical marks, turning man against man and reducing one's sense of self can be seen as even worse.… (more)
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    Cool Hand Luke: A Novel by Donn Pearce (slickdpdx)
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    Blindness by José Saramago (st_bruno)
    st_bruno: per alienazione negli ospedali psichiatrici. Condizione umana
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    Junky by William S. Burroughs (melancholy)
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    The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks (lucyknows)
    lucyknows: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey may be paired with The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks or even Awakenings by the same author. All three books explore the idea that once a person becomes ill or is institutionalised, they lose their rights and privileges.… (more)
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    The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger (mcenroeucsb)
    mcenroeucsb: Books with Delusional/Enlightened Outcast protagonists
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    Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy (AriadneAranea)
    AriadneAranea: Another chilling account of life in a US mental hospital - with a science fiction twist and a feminist angle.
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    Little Big Man by Thomas Berger (mcenroeucsb)
    mcenroeucsb: Books with Delusional/Enlightened Outcast protagonists
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    The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle (slickdpdx)
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    A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (mcenroeucsb)
    mcenroeucsb: Books with Delusional/Enlightened Outcast protagonists
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    The Shawshank Redemption [1994 film] by Frank Darabont (lucyknows)
    lucyknows: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest can be paired with Frank Darabont's film The Shawshank Redemption based on Stephen King's short storyRita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. Could also be paired with Dead Poet's society as well.
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Did you know that the CIA introduced Ken Kesey to LSD? ( )
  evamat72 | Mar 31, 2016 |
Emotionally shattering end to this novel. As someone who works in the mental health field I often struggle with representations of the mental health industry as trying to show difference as pathology. That said, I am aware and think there has not been enough acknowledgement of this approach to mental health. ( )
  kale.dyer | Mar 22, 2016 |
The movie was good. The book was better. Engaging. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
Not for me, I'm afraid.
  thebookmagpie | Mar 13, 2016 |
Of course I saw the movie starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher – the first movie since “It Happened One Night” to win all five of the top Oscars: Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay. But somehow, I’d never read the book.

Randall Patrick McMurphy has it all figured out. McMurphy is a con man, a braggart and a larger-than-life personality. He’s been sentenced to six months at a work farm for gambling and battery, but if he fakes mental illness he’ll get a “cushy” assignment to the mental hospital where he doesn’t have to work out in the hot sun, he has a clean, nice bed, television, radio, and great food, including orange juice. Yes, he has gotten the best of the system. But he wasn’t counting on Nurse Ratched. And he didn’t understand the full implication of the fact that, unlike most of the other men on the ward, he was committed, and his “sentence” wouldn’t automatically end at six months.

The story is told by another of the patients – a “Chronic” called Chief Broom because he spends his days sweeping or mopping. Everyone thinks he is deaf and mute, because he gives no sign of hearing and he never speaks. But, in fact, he hears and sees everything, making him a great narrator. Chief tells us how McMurphy affects everyone on the ward, how he reminds them that they are men, not rabbits, and how Nurse Ratched controls what happens. The friendship Chief develops with McMurphy and his reaction to what happens give us a hero to cheer for. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 26, 2016 |
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The world of this brilliant first novel is Inside—inside a mental hospital and inside the blocked minds of its inmates. Sordid sights and sounds abound, but Novelist Kesey has not descended to mere shock treatment or isolation-ward documentary. His book is a strong, warm story about the nature of human good and evil, despite its macabre setting.
added by Shortride | editTime (Feb 16, 1962)
 
What Mr. Kesey has done in his unusual novel is to transform the plight of a ward of inmates in a mental institution into a glittering parable of good and evil.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Kesey, Kenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bacon, PaulCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bash, KentIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Palahniuk, ChuckForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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. . . one flew east, one flew west, One flew over the cuckoo's nest. - Children's folk rhyme
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To Vik Lovell who told me dragons did not exist, then led me to their lairs.
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"They're out there. Black boys in white suits up before me to commit sex acts in the hall and get it mopped up before I can catch them."
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It's the truth, even if it didn't happen.
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962) is a novel written by Ken Kesey. It is set in an Oregon asylum, and serves as a study of the institutional process and the human mind.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451163966, Mass Market Paperback)

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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An inmate of a mental institution tries to find the freedom and independence denied him in the outside world.

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