A 50th-anniversary edition of Ken Kesey's searing American classic.
Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her. We see the story through the eyes of Chief Bromden, the seemingly mute half-Indian patient who witnesses and understands McMurphy's heroic attempt to do battle with the powers that keep them all imprisoned.
Hailed upon its publication as a "glittering parable of good and evil" (The New York Times Book Review) and a "roar of protest against middlebrow society's Rules and the invisible Rulers who enforce them" (Time), Kesey's powerful book went on to sell millions of copies and remains as bracing and insightful today as when it was first released. This new deluxe audio edition commemorates the 50th anniversary of the original publication of the novel on February 1, 1962, and will be a must have for any literature lover.
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Mr. Reilly does a beautiful job of bringing this classic to life. A story that digs into the human psyche and roots around till we see a clearer picture of ourselves. It is hard not to have a picture of Jack Nicholson as McMurphy in ones mind during this compelling story. Could we all be as crazy as McMurphy, things might be more fun around this blue ball we live on. This is a great listen.
I love this novel and consider it one of the best American novels of the past 100 years. John C. Reilly's narration was supperb.
I've never heard him narrate a book before but I do think that he is a good actor and have enjoyed him in such movies as Boogie Nights.
I watched the movie 25 years ago, so the story was very loosely in the back of my mind. Listening to Reilly's outstanding performance made this a joy to listen. There was never a question which character was speaking.
Kesey's novel is memorable and he skillfully evokes the mid 20th century mental hospital. His characters are haunting and develop nicely throughout the story.
This one isn't the usual storyline with a conflict and an upheaval where right and wrong battle and right and good win through and through. However it is much like life with a constant rub of fears somewhat self imposed.
I don't always choose reads like this but I'm glad I haven't missed this text. If I'd just known the story as the movie I'd be remorseful not having known each of them and the ending as it was.
Knowing this work has had influence in compassion for those with mental illness is a good thing. I have to wonder about the the nurse Rachet and Richard Vernons (Breakfast Club)of this world. Do we all forget at some point about the human in us and those around us?
The narration is outstanding, and the story is much different than the adaptation. Highly recommended for fans of the movie and Kesey alike . . .
This is one of my favorite novels when I was in college, and it was read so well, with such natural pacing and unique voices for each character that I felt I was there with Chief, McMurphy and the boys. Perfect match between novel and narrator.
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