One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Ken Kesey


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McMurphy, a criminal who feigns insanity, is admitted to a mental hospital where he challenges the autocratic authority of the head nurse.

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ISBN-13: 9780881037159
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 02/28/1963
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Ken Kesey was born in 1935 and 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. Ken Kesey died in 2001.

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One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (SparkNotes Literature Guide Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 443 reviews.
Meagan_Traver More than 1 year ago
The novel One Flew Over a Cuckoo¿s Nest is a dark, classic book that describes the journey of ex-prisoner Randle Patrick McMurphy and how he shakes up the life of a mental hospital after being sentenced as a patient himself. He claims to be insane but quickly shows his rebellious persona by challenging authority in the ward with his dramatic way to take over. The book maps his constant battle with the big nurse Ratched who is the overseeing power of the institution. Their combative ways is an eye-opening and compelling story line that shows the era of the 1960¿s was way different from today. The repetitive themes found in the book are standing up for one¿s self even if it is against a higher power and of course surviving the cruel, brain frying punishments executed in the disturbed ward. McMurphy is a brute and forceful man that has to push nurse Ratched¿s boundaries and break the rules to keep him from actually going crazy. I found myself riveted with the storyline and always wanting to turn the page to read what scheme McMurphy had dreamt up next to put into action. His interactions with the other patients was humorous and gave a clear picture of what life must have been like living with such twisted and physiologically disturbed people. McMurphy might not be considered the stereotyped ¿Hero¿ but is a timeless character who you want to see succeed nevertheless. Author Ken Kessey was not disillusioned into creating tragic endings. It is not a book for a younger audience or a feel good time. This book can measure up into being one of the greatest horror stories written and a perfect read during the Halloween season. If you enjoy this book as much as I did, I would recommend the following novels that give off the same eerie but page turning thrill; 1984 by George Orwell, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Go ask Alice by Anonymous, or 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. This book was an impeccable piece of writing with a shining 5 star quality. It is a longer read but the pages fly as the novel steadily peaks to the climax and shocking ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For starters, I have this strange curiosity about psychology; coincidentally we were assigned outside ready in my English class and to my delight a Ken Kesey novel was on that list, One Flew Over the Cuckoo¿s Nest. I went into the book without many expectations other than the fact that I was excited to read it, I fell in love. Not only does Kesey refrain from shying away from saying something vulgar and true, he shines a light on what many don¿t want to see. Based on semi-non-fictional experiences, Kesey offers a glimpse into a psychiatric ward in the late 1950s. Many things are learned throughout the novel such as brutal ways patients were treated with, the head nurse exercising a totalitarian rule over the ward and that not all the patients are crazy rather they have tendencies that are different from the norm. I really loved the novel and I highly recommend it as a ¿must read¿ because it touched topics that most people would not think of on a normal basis and really made you question the definition of insanity.
Dan Combs More than 1 year ago
very interesting take on the treatments of the mentally ill. sometimes funny, other time ver harsh. a slow read, but a must read.
James_Krudop More than 1 year ago
This book was phenomenal. It's a crazy adventure right from the get go, and boy, that adventure rages and powers on through all 325 pages of the book. The story is simply amazing, Kesey's description of the ward, his world, really puts you into the state of mind of living in a place like that. The book is fantastic right up to the very end. I would definitely recommend this to anyone up for one insane (no pun intended) ride.
betty_gidey More than 1 year ago
personally, i hate reading books.i don't mean fictions or short stories,i mean reading in general.but when i was taking my English class,i had to read this one book titled, "one flew over the cuckoo's nest", by Ken was so interesting that i didn't even get bored while reading it.the way the book was written was very understandable and detailed.i didn't need to refer a dictionary or ask someone to know what the book is trying to say. i would recommend this book for anyone to read because, the story is very unique, interesting and has a whole lot of new information in the time i was done reading this book, i was so amazed and shocked.and the reason for that is,this book contain a disturbing part at the end, and when my friend told me they actually do that kind of stuff in real life, i didn't know what to people should really read this book because they will know what is really going on not only in a fiction book, but in a real life also.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this years ago and it still sticks with me as an all-time favorite. For people who understand the rollar coaster of life, who see the beauty and feel the pain, who want to come down off a mile-high rush after reading a book: this is the one for you. For people who haven't yet, you will in this story. Spoiler Alert: I sobbed at the end. To me that is the mark of the best writer, the one that moves you so deeply it takes a moment to figure out where you stop and the book begins.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best and craziest stories i have ever read...if you like this try...the yellow wallpaper...its wierd and nit many people might get it bit there is a full description i put up for it....any way this book is very entertaining...and im readkng it fora college class so this is goods
Starspace More than 1 year ago
Good, funny, and meaningful This book is well worth the read. It is one of those rare books that tells a story beyond the one on its pages. Mental institutions and the idea of "insanity" are explored. It is a serious piece of literature and has to be approached with the knowledge that it is well-written and employs supreme symbolism. I highly recommend it to any fan of literature.
AhmedNF More than 1 year ago
The emotioal book "One flew over cuckoo's nest" by Ken Kesey is a story about unseen control of authority over the lives of innocent people in the mental asylum in the name of medical treatment or making them good citizens. The author described the asylum scene very effectively and thoroughly.I'' recommend everyone to read this book because it leaves the thoughtful affect that how each one of us are bound by someone else's claim that we are right or we don't need to take any medicine to be fit. The book tells the demanding and dominating nature of big nurse, who wants to control every patient's life and decide about their mental capacity to move into a society. She has no kind feeling for any one but to show her superiority by neglecting all patient's happiness. The author chose very effective language to describe her and the main patient McMurphy, who was supposed to be a patient but he was more kind than the nurse. He understands the needs and the feelings of others more than the big nurse.She,herself,actually was mentally sick. The book actually written in 60's but the central idea could still be apply today. I only don't like the ending, which shows that good intentions ends soon. This is very emotioal and impressive book over all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every high school student should read this book. I don't really have much else to say.
Dee-D More than 1 year ago
one of my favorite summery the story is>>>>> you throw a character who is outspoken, careless, selfish and in various trouble with the law into a center for those mentally insane. at first it bothers to a degree some of the things he sees there and some of the things he stirs up with his less than polite comments. However by the end you ll see a shift in the characters motives>> this book definately pulls you in instantly>>its very random too so keep up with the hazy form of speech the patients have....but definatley worth it at the end! mainly a gray mood book but the idea behind it is important i think.....>>>read it!!!!
cody21 More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent! The plot was good but was a little confusing in the beginning. The ending was a good surprise and I didn't expect it to end the way it did. Some Mental Institutions can be very harsh and some not, but this one in the book really captured the feel of it. The characters in the book are well thought out and after doing research it was even more interesting on how Ken came to create the characters. The best created character has got to be Chief Bromden. I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes a good ending and excitement and suspicion. Even though this book was published in the 1960's, it is still a great book that a lot of people read. Kesey was a genius in writing this book, it still has its popularity today and will continue for much longer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone! It is a very interesting book with lots of twists and surprises. The ending to this book is fantastic. You will never see it coming. The author, Ken Kesey did an awesome job telling the story. It does get confusing at times though, so I wouldn't recommend it to younger people. Also, if you are turned off or offended by cursing or sex, this is not the book for you. There are many curse words and sex references throughout the novel. This book really opens your eyes to see how terrible conditions used to be in mental institutions. It can even get disturbing every once in a while, but in the long run, I think that this is a book that everyone should get a chance to read.
PasLAko9 More than 1 year ago
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a book worth reading. Ken Kesey illustrates the world of Chief perfectly. He puts the whole setting of a mental institution into complete perspective. Throught the book you find yourself being pulled into his life. You seem to find yourself there, in the Dayroom, with all the other characters. Ken Kesey sets up a world through which the reader learns to respect others. You learn to feel like those with disabilities do. In reading this, I learned more about myself as a person. I learned to have more patience with those who can't fully understand everything they hear. While it is not a light read or an entirely clean, I believe that it is a very good book worthy for consideration. This book was certainly a great influence on my reading palette.
Eric_Sindall More than 1 year ago
The beginning of the story dumps you into the everyday cycle of a mental hospital that is situated within Oregon run by a retired Army nurse, Nurse Ratched. She believes it is best to rule the ward with an "iron fist" and performs shock therapy and even lobotomies if patients misbehave. It seemed to me that the novel was going to be way to confusing for my taste, but a few chapters in and I was hooked. The story is narrated by a patient at the ward, "Chief" Bromden, who is half Native American-half White and who suffers from paranoia and hallucinations. He has been at the ward longer than any other patient, about ten years. Chief Bromden pretends to be deaf so he can be left alone and isn't noticed within the ward. He refers to the outside world as "the combine" where people are forced to act all the same. Every day at the hospital is the same, continuous cycle until a guy named Randle Patrick McMurphy comes to the ward. He is introduced as big and full of tattoos, a gambling man. He had been diagnosed as a psychopath for doing to much fighting. After he learns the routine of the ward, and meets Nurse Ratched, he makes a bet that he can get Nurse Ratched to crack before she cracks him. The rest of the story persists of the two of them going back and forth with each other until Nurse Ratched finally has had enough and uses her unfair advantages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One Flew Over The Cukoo's Nest is a novel by Ken Kesey. In this classic novel of the 1960's, Kesey's hero, Randle Patrick McMurphy, a convict rebel, enters the world of a mental hospital and takes over. McMurphy rallies the other patinents by trying to over rule the cruel and manipulative, controlled leadership of Nurse Ratched. He gambles, promotes riots among patients and smuggles in wine and hookers. This novel is truely captivating. Many aspects of it are based on occurrences author Ken Kesey witnessed while working in an insane hospital in the 1950's-60's when experimentation of meth, LSD, etc. were in vogue. Juxtapposed the experimentation of EST and lobotomies. When the patients became united against the common evil of the ward's employees headed by Nurse Ratched their bonds grow deep. The characters despite their common problems, are likeable and surprisingly realistic, for example at the beginning the character Chief Broom feigns deaf and dumb. Under the leadership of McMurphy he comes out of his shell and becomes a part of this society. An unexpected ending adds to the book's costant thrill factor.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This has always been my favorite movie of all time. I finally read it. What a great author.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
It took many years before I decided to read this book. There isn't much I can say that others haven't already said about the book. It's deep, emotional, frightening and hilarious, all rolled into one! I'm glad that I have experienced this classic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
pdebolt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Literal and figurative madness in a mental instituion. I remember the movie more than I remember the book.
Zathras86 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I finally got around to reading this classic and I was not disappointed. Both of my parents have worked in inpatient psychology and I grew up hearing their stories about what it was like; it gave me an interesting perspective on the story.There's very little I can say about this book that hasn't already been said. It's probably the best example out there of a well-written unreliable narrator.I look forward to rereading this in the future, I think it may be one of those books I return to every few years or so and find something new each time.
ragwaine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great chracters, cool dark sci-fi borg-like delusions. Sad and funny.
Arctic-Stranger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I stumbled on this in 10th grade, and have reread it many times since. Randall Patrick McMurphy in the anti-hero, much in the vein of Luke, in Cool Hand Luke. (I always thought that Paul Newman should have played McMurphy in the movie...Nicholson just looked a little too dangerous. McMurphy goes to insane asylum to escape a criminal charge, and finds more than he bargains for in the person Of Nurse Ratched. Their story is narrative by the mute Indian Chief Broom, the only one who finds liberation in the story. As as aside, Kesey went through electroshock when he worked at a mental hospital, and when he writes about "The Fog" he is writing about his own experiences.
megrockstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is too much to even say, This was the best book I have ever read.
aethercowboy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ken Kesey said, once, that he hides nothing in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. This statement itself can be taken two different ways. The first is that it is just a story about a man in a mental hospital. The other is that the symbolism is so blatantly obvious that if you don't get it, you weren't paying attention.The book, as told by the willfully mute Chief Bromden, recounts the events in his life when he meets McMurphy, a man who is clearly not mentally affected, but who doesn't wish to be sent to prison for his crimes.Everything in the hospital is going well, like clockwork, thanks to Nurse Ratched. McMurphy is a chunk of chaos spread thickly over the crispy toast of order. Things start to fall apart.It's a battle of the titans: the Nurse, who once held these men in enjoyable imprisonment, and the Outcast, who wishes them to be free, even if it means getting hurt from time to time, and attempts to knock the scales from their eyes.By now, you should probably be able to tell that I found the symbolism extremely blatant, and that I don't consider this to be solely a story about a guy in a mental hospital. It's more than that. Nothing's hidden, though.If you haven't yet read this book, I highly recommend you do. Especially if you're going to enter the field of psychotherapy.