One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest :Text and Criticism

From the 1962 Jacket Like George Orwell and Philip Wylie, Ken Kesey is concerned with man s battle to be himself in a world of increasing controls, the battle of joy and freedom against a society which fosters guilt and shame His first novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest, tells the story of a struggle between a man and a woman for the spirits and hearts of a group of pFrom the 1962 Jacket Like George Orwell and Philip Wylie, Ken Kesey is concerned with man s battle to be himself in a world of increasing controls, the battle of joy and freedom against a society which fosters guilt and shame His first novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest, tells the story of a struggle between a man and a woman for the spirits and hearts of a group of people who have been defeated by the world.The setting for these defeated lives is a mental institution The teller of the story, a half Indian and a long time inmate, has made the most complete retreat from life of all of them he will not talk, and he has fooled the staff into thinking he is deaf and dumb But through his self imposed protective fog he is an acute observer His vision of the life around him seems to have a truth which is beyond the definitions of sanity or insanity To him the world is run by an all powerful Combine The hear of the war, the Big Nurse, is the chief instrument of evil She wields her insidious power over the men to destroy their wills and freeze them into mindless obedience.Into this gray world comes McMurphy, a brawling, gambling man, full of spirit and a glorious lust for life He is horrified by the docility with which the other men accept the rule of the Big Nurse and decides to fight her on her own terms The battle begins, for him, as a lark a way of winning the bets he has made with the men And then, as he becomes aware of the terrible dangers in it, and committed to the others who have come to count on him for their own survival, his decision to go on is a heroic act of sacrifice and compassion.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest Text and Criticism From the Jacket Like George Orwell and Philip Wylie Ken Kesey is concerned with man s battle to be himself in a world of increasing controls the battle of joy and freedom against a society whic

  • Title: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest :Text and Criticism
  • Author: Ken Kesey
  • ISBN: 9780140236
  • Page: 311
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Last night, at about 2 am, I finished 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' by Ken Kesey. I lay awake for a long time afterward, watching the bars of light on the ceiling, holding my eyes open until the pupils dilated enough to shrink the light, then I'd blink and have to start all over.Finally I sat up and turned on the lights. The book had done something to me. Like it'd punched me in the face and said, "Do something, you idiot!"So I gathered up a bunch of sentimental shit from around my apartment [...]

    2. Profane, hilarious, disturbing, heartbreaking, shocking – powerful.Ken Kesey’s genre defining 1962 novel that was made into a Broadway play and then made into an Academy Award winning film starring Jack Nicholson will inspire strong emotions. I can see people loving it or hating it.I loved it.First of all, and I mean this from the bottom of my heart: a book that is banned from libraries has a place on my bookshelf. So all you amateur censurers out there – you are my enemy. I don’t like y [...]

    3. I have a love/hate relationship with this book. The writing and imagery are superb and I always love a "down with tyrannical overloads, generic living, and medicalization" moral, but its other lesson leaves me cringing. In the basic knowledge I have of Ken Kesey, the book ultimately seems very misogynistic and anti-feminist. I'm all for a gender balance, but this book botches up the entire process in a method that purposely lacks tongue-in-cheek flair. Basically, the plot seems to involve men me [...]

    4. August 2017THANK GOODNESS I GAVE THIS ANOTHER TRY. Honestly though, watching the movie is what motivated me to pick this book up, and the fact that we picked it for my book club helped as well. I love both the book and the movie, both for completely different reasons. In the movie, Jack Nicholson's R.P. McMurphy is the main focus, whereas in the book Chief Bromden (the narrator) plays a much bigger role, which is almost entirely neglected in the movie. Reading the book from Chief's perspective a [...]

    5. My friend Ed was recently updating his books with reviews on here and this book popped up in my feed. It's my husband's favorite movie/book of all time and I realized that I had never picked the book up. I've watched bits and pieces of the movie in the three thousand times that my husband has watched it, but I had never experienced it first hand.I'm gutted.Why have I not just sat down and watched the film that was made from this book? I'm completely off my rocker.Randle Patrick McMurphy. That gu [...]

    6. …one flew east, one flew west,One flew over the cuckoo’s nest.This classic book gave birth to a movie which won a truckload of Academy Awards. This means the majority of readers are familiar with one or the other and I thought a very brief review would be enough; something along the lines, "The book is very good". Seeing that some people miss the point of the story I had to ramble a little more than this short sentence, sorry. A ward of a mental hospital in Oregon was ruled by an iron hand o [...]

    7. "Ting. Tingle, tingle, tremble toes,She’s a good fisherman, catches hens, puts ‘em inna pensWire blier, limber lock, three geese inna flockOne flew east, one flew westOne flew over the cuckoo’s nestO-U-T- spells out… goose swoops down and plucks you out."The title of the book was taken from a nursery rhyme but the first 3 and last lines were from the book, i.e thoughts inside the head of the schizophrenic narrator, Chief Bromden as the nursery rhyme was used to be sung to him by his gran [...]

    8. Really unpopular opinion coming your way. Escape while you can.^^ How much of life is defined by choices and how much is determined by fate? Or is really fate that directs life’s order or is it people’s thirst for power, to remain strong? Does the rabbit live in a hole because the wolf decided so? What happens when the rabbit decides to challenge the wolf?Such thoughts are provoked by this widely read and loved classic novel. The messages buried in an unexpected setting (a mental institution [...]

    9. This renowned classic is a slow-paced read and an intense character study, set in the enclosed environment of a psychiatric hospital. Nurse Ratched rules her ward with a tyranny and a close-scrutiny that has the patients bent to her will and fearful of any misstep they might make to upset her. That is until a new character joins their ranks and threatens to usurp Ratched's rule. In their fight for dominance the inhabitants of the ward begin to understand a little something about personal freedom [...]

    10. “All I know is this: nobody’s very big in the first place, and it looks to me like everybody spends their whole life tearing everybody else down.”- Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s NestThis is a book I had little interest in reading. A novel set in an insane asylum? No thanks. I spent four years of my legal career defending indigent clients facing commitment before our local Board of Mental Health. It was an experience I had not trained for, prepared for, or frankly could have imagi [...]

    11. This is one of the most fantastic novels of individualism pitted against the vast depersonalization of industrial society ever written. Ken Kesey has an extraordinary grasp of the challenges faced by us all in modern civilization, and he is able to convey his ideas through some of the richest imagery I have ever read. My favorite line in the novel, when Chief Bromden (the paranoid schizophrenic narrator) says, "But it's the truth, even if it didn't happen," sets the reader up from the very begin [...]

    12. I first read this book in 2007 after I became a daytime outpatient at Our Lady of Peace, my city's mental health facility. I had a nervous breakdown after losing my teaching job. I went 5 days a week; I ate lunch there. I was so medicated they transported me. Somehow this book and movie, and especially the character of McMurphy, was how my dad related to me during this trying time. Mental health is a trigger issue with me. It's not understood today. It certainly wasn't understood in the '60s. Le [...]

    13. Декори: лудница прощавайте, психиатрично отделениеДействащи лица: психично болни; СистематаПърво действие, първа сцена:Елате по-близо. Още по-близо. Сега повдигнете завесата. Хайде де, не е толкова страшно. По-страшно е Ето, точно така:„Всички по местата си. Острите, седнете [...]

    14. I thought this was one of the best books I had ever read years ago. (just could not stop thinking of it)EN.I went to see the stage play in S.F. (young maiden in High School) -- Powerful Classic!

    15. 4.5 He knows that you have to laugh at the things that hurt you just to keep yourself in balance, just to keep the world from running you plumb crazy.This was one heck of an intelligent, gripping and daring novel. Whilst, Ken Kesey's work is classified as a classic - it definitely does in no way correlate to that of Jane Austen or Charles Dickens. It was vulgar and uncomfortable and, definitely, controversial at the time of its publishing - but, man, was ita complex, mind-numbing, page-turner of [...]

    16. Like most people who grew up in the 60s, I loved this book and, even more, the film version with Jack Nicholson. I was reminded of it yesterday when Not and I got to talking about the Winona Ryder movie Girl, Interrupted. "Oh," said Not dismissively, "it's just a remake of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."But I completely disagree. In fact, I think it's the most coherent criticism I've ever seen of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and does a wonderful job of subverting the message. Throughout mo [...]

    17. Ratched Up: A Spectacle of the PowerLiterature May Provide One's Ebullition against Oppression "I remember when, I remember, I remember when I lost my mindDoes that make me crazy?Does that make me crazy?Does that make me crazy?"Gnarls Barkley, Crazy, 2006.[update: 8/6/16]For me, this novel is the monotypic iconoclastic novel illustrating the evils of unbridled government oppression in the institutional forms of a democracy, both subtle and ruthless. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest evinces the fo [...]

    18. Painful and heartbreaking to witness humanity's struggle to have a decent life while living within the boundaries others set for them. Not to be a rabbit, that is the ultimate goal!

    19. 5 huge magnificent stars!! Someone could write an entire novel discussing all the genius intricacies and hidden meanings in this crafty book. It's time to gather some notes and jot down some important highlights so this book gets the proper review it deserves from me. Side note: I never watched the infamous movie with Jack Nicholson, but now I have to! Hopefully Netflix has it.

    20. I was listening to it on audio CD and had a lot of problems with it, so I needed to take many day breaks in-between listening…. so I got a little behind!I read this book for the book club Diversity in All Forms! If you would like to participate in the discussion here is the link: /topic/show/I found this book fascinating. What I am really focused on right away was the nicknames everyone had and how that represented where they stood, their importance. The BIG Nurse (nickname), explained that s [...]

    21. 436. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Keseyعنوانها: پرواز بر فراز آشیانه فاخته؛ دیوانه از قفس پرید؛ نویسنده: کن کیسی؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ششم اکتبر سال 2005 میلادیعنوان: پرواز بر فراز آشیانه فاخته؛ نویسنده: کن کیسی؛ مترجم: سعید باستانی؛ تهران، نیل، 1355؛ در 332 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1357؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، هاشمی [...]

    22. I couldn’t help but think of Jack Nicholson in the movie adaptation I’ve never watched.Sure, I’d seen bits and pieces of it as a kid, but that sort of thing didn’t do much for me back then. I remember asking my dad what the movie was about. He told me in brief, and concluded his summary with the famed ending of the story. Dear reader, offer him some forgiveness, as this was before spoiler warnings were social necessity and were instead a potential courtesy. So why read the book? Why spen [...]

    23. Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* says:

      K, is for Kesey! This is, yet another, one of those ways I have failed at life. I first discovered the story of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in high school when I attended a student production of the same name having a stepmother who is a psych nurse (and being an asshole) I asked her "Are you a Nurse Ratched?" to which she replied by introducing me to the movie with Jack Nicholson (shown below):- For the record; my stepmom is TOTALLY a Nurse Ratched! - And then, much later - as an adult, I d [...]

    24. Maybe when it first came out, there was something to it. But this is not a book that has aged well.(First, don't think that I'm railing against the idea that the mental health treatment system has any problems. And don't think I'm defending lobotomies and electroshock treatment (though it's worth bearing in mind that lobotomies weren't a hard target -- by early 60s, when this book was published, lobotomies were significantly on their way out (though they were still performed).))Now. My problems [...]

    25. I read this at a time when I was more than certain in my own mind that I was going out of my mind, so reading this then was a mindfuck.Great characters inhabit a scary situation in Ken Kesey's beat-generation classic. Perhaps it's a beat or two after the beat If so, one doesn't feel it's skipped a beat as it marches to the beat of its own drum!What's going on here? Why are you talking in circles, Koivu? Am I? I honestly wasn't talking at all.What?Exactly.That's exactly how I felt at times readin [...]

    26. A key novel in 1960’s US counter / LSD culture and I think has to be read in the light of that. Whilst I did like this novel, it was on the whole somewhat disappointing. The novels strongest points I feel are:- The main characters R P McMurphy, Nurse Ratched and the ongoing power struggle between the two which is central to the novel. Very well created, written, executed and with a definite feel of authenticity As to the novels weaknesses:- The attempted parallel (I think) between the treatmen [...]

    27. NO SPOILERS!!!!I watched the movie first since I didn't know at the time that it was one of those book/movie adaptations. I prefer to watch the movie after I read the book because I do not want to read a book that I already know whats going to happen in. A book is a much bigger investment of time compared to a movie. Since I enjoyed the movie so much, I decided to break my rule and read the book since the book is most of the time better than the movie. I was glad that I did because while reading [...]

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