One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestBook - 1999
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. This Viking Critical Library edition is accompanied by essays, discussion topics, a chronology, and a bibliography.
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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One flew east / One flew west / An' one flew over the cuckoo's nest!"
-Ken Kesey, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
Kesey's a bold, lion-hearted writer who doesn't shy away from the difficult issues of institutionalized prejudice, abuse and racism, rampant - for the times - in America's mental health wards.
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Criminal-minded Randle P. McMurphy fakes crazy to get out of sentence to hard labor. He thought he was going to summer camp. He was wrong.
Immortalized by Tom Wolfe in his novel THE ELECTRIC KOOL-AID ACID TEST, Ken Kesey navigates the twisted halls of mental health in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST. Filled with humor and poignant insight into the human condition, NEST delivers an indictment of the mental health system while raising those it's meant to serve to the height of heroes. Kesey's a bold, lion-hearted writer who doesn't shy away from the difficult issues of institutionalized prejudice, abuse and racism, rampant - for the times - in America's mental health wards.