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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (original 1962; edition 2002)

by Ken Kesey

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Title:One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Authors:Ken Kesey
Info:Penguin Classics (2002), Paperback, 312 pages
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (1962)

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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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    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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Mention this book and naturally Jack Nicholson jumps to mind. The movie was excellent and yet the book is even better, although it's difficult to avoid seeing Nicholson as the brash Randle Patrick McMurphy. The story is told by Chief Bromden, one of the disturbed patients who makes out that he is a deaf mute while witnessing everything. I feel like I got know each one of the characters personally, cheering on McMurphy, applauding when he, or indeed anyone, scores against the Big Nurse, and commiserating with each patient. The writing is beautifully descriptive. On the negative side, there are racial and misogynistic stereotypes - an indication of the times in which it was written. Funny, chilling, tragic, and utterly captivating. This is one of my favourite books. ( )
1 vote VivienneR | Feb 3, 2016 |
What, exactly, makes some of us "crazy" and others "sane"? Kesey switches things around to show us the sane ones in the looney bin and crazy ones running it. Fantastic vehicle for Jack Nicholson too in the Milos Forman film of 1975 (it won five Academy Awards). It shows us how even the oppressed can rise up, and though they may not triumph, they can at least get some good licks in. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Tried to read this one and just couldn't get into it. I will try again later.
  CarmenMilligan | Jan 18, 2016 |
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey
5 Stars

At first I found this difficult to get into but about a third of the way through the pace really picked up and I rushed headlong to the end of the story.

The novel is narrated by Chief Broom an inmate on a psychiatric ward run by the formidable Nurse Ratchet, the Big Nurse as she is known rules the ward with well wielded intimidation and psychological torment, the inmates bend over themselves to please here even at the expense of each other.

Enter Mack a brash red headed Irish man who sees the psychiatric ward as an easy alternative to a sentence at the work house, from the moment he arrives he spells trouble disrupting the smooth running of the ward and inciting the inmates to rebel, during the short time he is their the changes he brings about are staggering.

The novel is really the story of the battle for supremacy between Mack and Nurse Ratchet and how you must use the methods of the rulers to undermine the rules.

I cant say much else without giving things away but I will say at turns it made me smile, made me angry and made me sad a great novel. ( )
  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
All this Beat stuff is so over-rated. All the tropes of counter-culture rebellion are present in abundance. Ho Hum...Of course, the crazy people aren't crazy. It's the straight world that's insane. How deep. So dated and adolescent. Ho Hum Another hedonistic anarchic (white-male) rebel as anti-hero taking on THE MAN (interesting that it's a matriarchy)...And of course sex, drugs, gambling are the answer... Ho Hum...This is on the list of books that blows your mind - when you are in high-school. And it's profoundly myogynIstic with overtones of white-supremacy. I couldn't finish this tiresome tome. It's been hanging around the to read pile too long. Trash it... ( )
  clarkland | Oct 28, 2015 |
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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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Bacon, PaulCover designersecondary 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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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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