One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Book By Ken Kesey (PDF-Summary-Review-Online Reading-Download)


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest novel by Ken Kesey. Set in an Oregon psychiatric hospital, the narrative serves as a study of institutional processes and the human mind, as well as a critique of behaviorism and a tribute to individualistic principles. It was adapted in the work of Broadway (and later outside Broadway) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Dale Wasserman in 1963. Bo Goldman adapted the novel in a 1975 film directed by Miloš Forman, which won five Academy Awards.

Time magazine included the novel in its list of "100 best English novels from 1923 to 2005". In 2003, the book was included in the BBC survey The Big Read of the 200 "most beloved novels" in the United Kingdom.

Author Ken Kesey
Cover artist Paul Bacon
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Viking Press & Signet Books
Publication date
Pages 320

Book Summary
Tyrannical Nurse Ratched governs his ward in a psychiatric hospital in the state of Oregon with a strict and unwavering routine, without opposition from his patients, who remain intimidated by medications that numb the mind and the threat of electric shock therapy. But his regime is interrupted by the arrival of McMurphy, the trickster fanatic and fun lover with a devilish smile that resolves to oppose his rules on behalf of his fellow prisoners. Their fight is seen through the eyes of Chief Bromden, a seemingly mute, half-Indian patient who understands McMurphy's heroic attempt to fight with the powers that keep them imprisoned. Ken Kesey's extraordinary first novel is an exuberant, vulgar and devastatingly honest representation of the boundaries between sanity and madness.

Book Review
A work of genuine literary merit...What Mr. Kesey has done in his unusual novel is to transform the plight of a ward of inmates in a mental hospital into a glittering parable of good and evil.

About The Author
Ken Kesey (1935-2001) grew up in Oregon. He graduated from the University of Oregon and later studied at Stanford with Wallace Stegner, Malcolm Cowley, Richard Scowcroft, and Frank O' Connor. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, his first novel, was published in 1962. His second novel, Sometimes a Great Notion, followed in 1964. His other books include Kesey's Garage Sale, Demon Box, Caverns (with O. U. Levon), The Further Inquiry, Sailor Song, and Last Go Round (with Ken Babbs). His two children's books are Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear and The Sea Lion.

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