A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of a counterculture classic with a foreword by Chuck Palahniuk
Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Now in a new deluxe edition with a foreword by Chuck Palahniuk and cover by Joe Sacco, 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 powers that keep them all imprisoned.
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From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Ken Kesey's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was one of the most powerful books I have ever read. Although the story takes place mainly in a mental hospital, its ramifications can be felt in all of the broader society. The struggles depicted in the various characters, both internally and inter-personally, will give the reader pause and perhaps change your perception on life.
The story at its core encompasses the struggle between the individual (portrayed by Randall McMurphy) and the establishment (Portrayed by nurse Ratched.) It is told through the eyes of the schizophrenic half-Indian known as Chief Bromden. Bromden has pretended to be deaf and dumb for so long that everyone takes this fact for granted. It also allows him to overhear comments from the staff that others would not. The Chief is an interesting choice as narrator, and at times it seemed like he was rambling on about nothing. Unreliable narrators can be a touchy thing, but Kesey is able to navigate his...
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest takes place in Oregon. The title comes from a children’s rhyme: "One flew East, One flew West, One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest." Also, cuckoo means crazy, like the mental patients in this book. Written in the 1960's, Kesey offers an excellent look of what it was like to be in a mental ward. He wrote the harsh and awful truth and doesn't try to make it seem like a pleasant place; There are many plot twist and turns, keeping one interested and wanting to read further. In brief, the plot involves the conflict between patients and ward staff. This conflict between Big Nurse or the ward is seen through the eyes of many characters, namely Chief and RP McMurphy. R.P is a small-time criminal who thought life in a mental ward would be easier than hard labor in prison. He soon learn that isn't close to what he anticipated; it's a lot more daunting The characters are each distinctly different and full of personality. Chief quiet and...
Story is outstanding - 5 stars, however the Kindle version is riddled with errors. It is clear that the published did not proofread (or even LOOK at) the Kindle version before releasing it; almost every single page has at least one spelling error (where what should be an "e" was printed as a "c" by the publisher's software) or punctuation error where periods and apostrophes are absent. This may sound like nitpicking, but it certainly becomes distracting when mistakes are so abundant. What a sloppy product Penguin has produced; they have not done justice for Kesey's amazing book.
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