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.
©1990 Ken Kesey (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks
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.
Written at a time of great change in America and to our American culture, this book really is a reflection of the angst and worries in the minds of middle aged Americans at that time. The growing concerns about female equality and its impact on the perceived value of men, the rise of technology and the growing power of the US government are all reflected in tales of the men in this asylum. The language, the imagery and the power of the narrator and the music make this a worthwhile listen. I am glad I listened to this book before seeing the movie, but do want to watch the movie now, as I can see why Jack Nicholson was cast as McMurphy.
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