One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey

Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was one of the books I kept in the library for a long time. At the last meeting of our book club, I asked about this book. To everyone’s surprise, we somehow managed not to read Ken Kesey for all this time. However, when I finished the book, I realised that the sooner you read this book, the better.


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Ken Kesey is a fabulous author. Throughout the book, I told myself not to get lost in the story. Of course, it didn’t work, and I found myself crying like a child. I wanted to kidnap some characters and, kill some of them. I haven’t read a book this good in a long time. Ken Kesey is one of the authors you should read.

Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey

Aside from being an author, Kesey has toured America for three years with the band The Merry Pranksters and, filmed the country and its people. He was subsequently arrested for marijuana. He also became the cult author with the book The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, written by Tom Wolfe about himself. Read this book at the first opportunity you find.

About the book: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Pitching an extraordinary battle between cruel authority and a rebellious free spirit, Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a novel that epitomises the spirit of the sixties. This Penguin Classics edition includes a preface, never-before published illustrations by the author, and an introduction by Robert Faggen.

Tyrannical Nurse Ratched rules her ward in an Oregon State mental hospital with a strict and unbending routine, unopposed by her patients, who remain cowed by mind-numbing medication and the threat of electroshock therapy. But her regime is disrupted by the arrival of McMurphy – the swaggering, fun-loving trickster with a devilish grin who resolves to oppose her rules on behalf of his fellow inmates. His struggle is seen through the eyes of Chief Bromden, a seemingly mute half-Indian patient who understands so McMurphy’s heroic attempt to do battle with the powers that keep them imprisoned. The subject of an Oscar-winning film so starring Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. An exuberant, ribald and devastatingly so honest portrayal of the boundaries between sanity and madness.


About the author: Ken Kesey

Kenneth Elton Kesey was an American novelist, essayist, and countercultural figure. He considered himself a link between the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s. Kesey was born in La Junta, Colorado, and grew up in Springfield, Oregon. Graduating from the University of Oregon in 1957.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - ken kesey

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