An international bestseller and the basis for a hugely successful film, Ken Kesey’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest was one of the defining works of the 1960s.
mordant, wickedly subversive parable set in a mental ward, the novel chronicles
the head-on collision between its hell-raising, life-affirming hero Randle
Patrick McMurphy and the totalitarian rule of Big Nurse. McMurphy swaggers into
the mental ward like a blast of fresh air and turns the place upside down,
starting a gambling operation, smuggling in wine and women, and egging on the
other patients to join him in open rebellion. But McMurphy’s revolution against
Big Nurse—and everything she stands for—quickly turns from sport to a fierce
power struggle … with shattering results.
Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Kesey created a work without precedent
in American literature, a novel at once comic and tragic that probes the nature
of madness and sanity, authority, and vitality. Greeted by unanimous acclaim
when it was first published, the book has become an enduring favorite of
readers around the world.
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