I know of the acclaimed movie but I haven't seen it, and so the specifics of what happens were a bit of a surprise to me. But what really struck me were the images and ideas of the orderly machine-like rhythms of world that the asylum was trying to create, light that sneaks in through the fog in laughter and friendship, and the battle of men who are trying to assert their humanity and individuality in the face of someone trying to stand on them to maintain power.
There's a lot of misogyny in the book's themes, but the book is a product of it's time. The narration took a while to get used to, but in the end it was fine.
I enjoyed the story, which drew me in more as I listened. What's really outstanding about this production is the narration by John C. Reilly though. The book is full of interesting characters, and Reilly really makes them come alive, especially in acting out the dialogue. You can tell he's an actor first and narrator second, and that really works with this particular story.
I really enjoyed this book. It really shows how far some one will go to be the winner. I also really enjoyed John C Reilly's narration. I cant believe this was how mental illness was treated at one time. This one will stay with me.
The reader brought the characters back to life. It's a sad story but the characters wouldn't have traded their night of rebellion. In those moments they felt alive once again.
I'm a horror, sci-fi fan. My favourites are Lovecraft, Poe, Bierce, Jackson, Levin, and King.
I find them to be enjoyable in their own rights, as separate media. Reading a book allows the reader to become absorbed into the tale and visualize the characters, scenery, etc., as if it were a mental movie, or personal world. Listening to a book allows the listener to hear the story, like story time in the library, or mum/dad reading a bedtime story; it is soothing and relaxing, with very little effort on the part of the listener.
Probably Slaughterhouse Five- Chief Bromden has some of the spirit of Billy Pilgrim.
I didn't have a favorite, but Mr. Reilly did a fantastic job voicing so many different characters.
I'd read it in paper book form and seen the movie, so I knew how it already went. Still, there were parts which made me laugh aloud and other moments which made me tear up.
While our mental health system is still pathetically lacking, I am glad we do not currently employ so many of the methods used in the not so distant past.