Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Review of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Ken Kesey

By Ken Kesey, Chuck Palahniuk, Robert Faggen - Penguin Books (2007) - Paperback - 281 pages -ISBN 0143105027
Ken Kesey's 1962 novel about a group of patients in a mental ward. We meet Big Nurse Ratched and the orderlies who prod the patients through the daily choirs, therapy, and medication that make up life in the institution. Things begin to go awry when a new patient arrives, Randle Patrick McMurphy. A street smart tough who thought that the mental ward would be better than the prison work farm he was sentenced to. McMurphy resolves to prove Nurse Ratched is nothing to be afraid of. As the two clash day in and out, the workings of the institution start to change and Chief Bromden, a giant mute American Indian, watches as the fog of madness comes and goes.
I really enjoyed the rebellious character of McMurphy and was captivated by Chief Bromden's observations of the madness he lived in. A must read. 

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