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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: Revised Edition (Critical Library,… (original 1962; edition 1996)

by Ken Kesey (Author)

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Comedy Drama / 13m, 4f / Int. w. inset. Kirk Douglas played on Broadway as a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. He clashes with the head nurse, a fierce artinet. Quickly, he takes over the yard and accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do for twelve years; he makes a presumed deaf and dumb Indian talk. He leads others out of introversion, stages a revolt so that they can see the world series on television, and arranges a rollicking midnight party with liquor and chippies. For one offense, the head nurse has him submit to shock treatment. The party is too horrid for her and she forces him to submit to a final correction a frontal lobotomy. Winner of the 2001 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival. "Cuckoo is captivating." - the New York Post "Scarifying and powerful." - the New York Times… (more)
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Title:One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: Revised Edition (Critical Library, Viking)
Authors:Ken Kesey (Author)
Info:Penguin Books (1996), Edition: Subsequent, 688 pages
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One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest: Text and Criticism (The Viking Critical Library) by Ken Kesey (1962)

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I had a fun time with this book, as inappropriate as that sounds. It was a quick read with engaging but familiar characters (the prissy brain, the nervous mama's boy, the quiet giant). I agree with one review that pointed out how absurd the premise of the book is (that people with mental illnesses just need a larger-than-life personality to come in and shake them up) but I didn't see the novel as an indictment against the mental health institution. The pacing was pretty superb for the most part, except at the end when the whole last act seemed unusually rushed. Of course I already knew the ending because of how famous the movie is so I could have gone into it biased. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
One of the first books i had ever read and remains among my most favorite. Amazing story, containing incredible power and intensity. ( )
  duckwood | Dec 31, 2007 |
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Comedy Drama / 13m, 4f / Int. w. inset. Kirk Douglas played on Broadway as a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. He clashes with the head nurse, a fierce artinet. Quickly, he takes over the yard and accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do for twelve years; he makes a presumed deaf and dumb Indian talk. He leads others out of introversion, stages a revolt so that they can see the world series on television, and arranges a rollicking midnight party with liquor and chippies. For one offense, the head nurse has him submit to shock treatment. The party is too horrid for her and she forces him to submit to a final correction a frontal lobotomy. Winner of the 2001 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival. "Cuckoo is captivating." - the New York Post "Scarifying and powerful." - the New York Times

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