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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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.
John C. Riley is unbelievably talented. Still, I kept losing concentration because the plot of the book is simply not that compelling. Were it not for the great narrator, I probably wouldn't have been able to get through the whole book.
Mystic of the Real
Great story with a fantastic narrator! Stories like these are why classics are given such strong merit.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
The 1960’s is the era of “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out”, a phrase coined by LSD maven Dr. Timothy Leary. It is an era that reflects on the inherent conflict between the individual and the collective. A fellow LSD experimenter is Ken Kesey, a University of Oregon graduate, who writes his first successful novel, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. This 50th Anniversary Edition awakens memories of those who experienced the era and/or watched the movie or play of the same title.
Kesey became an icon of individualism and the counter-culture with “…the Cuckoo’s Nest” and his second book, “Sometimes a Great Notion”. Both books became emotionally charged tragic movies about organizational dysfunction. The story of “…the Cuckoo’s Nest” takes place in a Oregon insane asylum; the second takes place in the Oregon woods. “…the Cuckoo’s Nest” stars academy award winner Jack Nicholson; the second stars Paul Newman.
The consequence of McMurphy’s actions in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” reveals the potential tyranny of organizations. John Reilly’s narration is an apt tribute to Kesey’s insight to the nature of human beings.
John Riley's narration is excellent. I found myself laughing at unexpected times during the story
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