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Saturday, June 20, 2009

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

Title: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Author: Ken Kesey
ISBN: 9780141181226
Publisher: Penguin Classics

"Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is the seminal novel of the 1960s that has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time.

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. We see the struggle through the eyes of Chief Bromden, the seemingly mute half-Indian patient who witnesses and understands McMurphy's heroic attempt to do battle with the awesome powers that keep them all imprisoned."

I was a little bummed that this book took me a week to read... but that seems to be the way it is when it comes to classics for me. Alas. I enjoyed this book a bit more than I expected. I've been told about it for years, but I finally got around to reading it.

The point of view and the subject makes for quite an interesting story. I was pretty well intrigued by what was going to happen. There was a little bit of the "edge-of-your-seat" stuff, but nothing too suspenseful. I did wonder through most of the story about whether any of the inmates in the asylum were actually in need of psychiatric help.

But the road to recovery for the men on the ward is very complex and wonderful. I'd definitely recommend it for anyone who would like to get into reading more classics. This one is a great story and keeps you interested.

I was only able to find a few other blog reviews that weren't movie related. I haven't seen the movie, but apparently it's the big thing when you talk about this story. Here are those few reviews...

Other blog reviews:
Educating Petunia
Audrey's Blog

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