One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey Book Summary
An international bestseller and the basis for the hugely successful film, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is one of the defining works of the 1960s.
In this classic novel, Ken Kesey’s hero is Randle Patrick McMurphy, a boisterous, brawling, fun-loving rebel who swaggers into the world of a mental hospital and takes over. A lusty, life-affirming fighter, McMurphy rallies the other patients around him by challenging the dictatorship of Nurse Ratched. He promotes gambling in the ward, smuggles in wine and women, and openly defies the rules at every turn. But this defiance, which starts as a sport, soon develops into a grim struggle, an all-out war between two relentless opponents: Nurse Ratched, backed by the full power of authority, and McMurphy, who has only his own indomitable will. What happens when Nurse Ratched uses her ultimate weapon against McMurphy provides the story’s shocking climax.
“A SMASHING ACHIEVEMENT...A TRULY ORIGINAL NOVEL!”—Mark Schorer
“Mr. Kesey has created a world that is convincing, alive and glowing within its own boundaries...His is a large, robust talent, and he has written a large, robust book.”—Saturday Review
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Ken Kesey) Book Reviews
An excellent readClassic book. I would suggest reading the book before watching the movie. The book has all the intensity that you only catch glimpses of in the movie..L/m/LScore: 5/5
Intense for meMy brother had intense special needs and this book was hard to read especially with all the sexual abuses. It was hard to follow at times too. But it was written well.Flower SodaScore: 3/5
Great NovelThis was assigned as my summer reading, and I have to admit this was the best summer reading novel I have EVER been assigned. It kept me engaged whilst having an amazing plot. Powerful and enthralling; I will add this to my favorites list for sure!.Danielleee14Score: 5/5
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s NestChief o.e.Mack&ChiefScore: 5/5
One Flew Over the CuckooAbsolutely incredible. This is one of the best pieces of literature out there. I highly recommend it for any age. I read this book at age 13 and I hated reading then and still do. This book is the one acceptation. This book has a plethora of amazing characters who grow on you as the book goes on. Buy it without question. You will not regret it!.Quantum of solace hater 14223Score: 5/5
One flew west...one flee over the cuckoos nestThis books is not only a page-turner, fantastically written but it has enough rich symbolism and subtext to keep you thinking long after you close it. A poignant look at society's hang ups and individuality stifling praxis, One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest speaks to every member of the counterculture for which it was intended and provides a sobering look at the true nature of asylums. Ratched is as actually manipulative and done erring as she thinks McMurphy is, and the toe create a chemistry and rivalry like none I've ever seen in modern literature. Not to mention RP McMurphy is the only literary character who's personae transitions from page to screen completely flawlessly. Bromden's visions also evoke a kind of analytical reaction and immersive imagery that must be read a few times to fully be appreciated..Z YounkScore: 5/5
A MUST read :)It's a must read. I had to do an english report on the book and fell in love with all the characters. A wonderful piece of writing :).NomNomNom247Score: 5/5
One flew Over the Cuckoos NestBeyond Interesting! Believable conversations among 'insane' and mentally challenged patients.📔.Kitty1234 (^-^)Score: 4/5
Slow yet Melodic3.5 Drags throughout the whole novel but picks up towards the end for an amazing climax..Jamion3Score: 3/5
I’m TiredThe “I’m Tired” passage is the best part of any book that I have ever read. I can’t even describe it.Sean DahlgrenScore: 5/5
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestsI have always wanted to read this book, don't know what took me so long to do it! Completely captivating from page 1. True classic..*goodgirl*Score: 5/5
Fantastic Ken. Just Fantastic.Second time reading this, gotta say I love this story to death. It’s a good one man..NormanjoemanScore: 5/5
KeseyA mind like none other. One of the best classics ever. Standing the test of time!.PreslexScore: 5/5
Book First!I made the terrible mistake of watching the film based on this book before reading it. Do not misunderstand, the film is, itself, impeccable. But it changes the flavor of the book when one knows the ending. That being said, I still found Kesey's prose breathtaking, and would strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes reading at all- I believe there is a little something for everyone. Nurse Ratched is, without question, one of literature's most horrifying villains. Do not leave this book out of your literary lexicon!.Lenna BugScore: 5/5
Not so much better than the movie, but different.A great read from beginning to end. I watched the movie several years back so I knew the broad strokes of the story but there are significant differences, mainly the narrator, that I didn't anticipate. The movie is a great, and the book is better in the sense that it adds emotional depth and hooks into you harder. Well worth your time..AmpahlScore: 5/5
Intense tale explores sexuality, abuse, and violenceThis interesting novel explores the power abuse has on individuals. While it is an important book for people to read, children will be traumatizing(due to extreme and vulgar language, explicit sexual activity, and graphic abuse).HolabachoScore: 5/5
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