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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

(author,author of preface), (foreword), (author of introduction)
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Paperback 320 Pages
Published: 05/05/2005
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Pitching an extraordinary battle between cruel authority and a rebellious free spirit, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a novel that epitomises the spirit of the sixties. This Penguin Classics edition includes a preface, never-before published illustrations by the author, and an introduction by Robert Faggen.

Tyrannical Nurse Ratched rules her ward in an Oregon State mental hospital with a strict and unbending routine, unopposed by her patients, who remain cowed by mind-numbing medication and the threat of electroshock therapy. But her regime is disrupted by the arrival of McMurphy - the swaggering, fun-loving trickster with a devilish grin who resolves to oppose her rules on behalf of his fellow inmates. His struggle is seen through the eyes of Chief Bromden, a seemingly mute half-Indian patient who understands McMurphy's heroic attempt to do battle with the powers that keep them imprisoned. The subject of an Oscar-winning film starring Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest an exuberant, ribald and devastatingly honest portrayal of the boundaries between sanity and madness.

If you enjoyed One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, you might like Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

'A glittering parable of good and evil'
The New York Times Book Review

'A roar of protest against middlebrow society's Rules and the Rulers who enforce them'
Time

'If you haven't already read this book, do so. If you have, read it again'
Scotsman

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141187884
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 236 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm

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“One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest”

An unreliable narrator makes us question the character's perspectives. Is McMurphy any better than Nurse Ratched? (Both use the patients for their own self-interest, and to gain power over each other.)
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“One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest”

This book amazed me, it tells the story of a man determined to live life by his own rules without shattering the rules of the society and situation he finds himself in (through his own doing admitedly) through the... More

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“One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest”

An unreliable narrator raises questions. Is McMurphy really any better than Nurse Ratched? (Both use the patients for their own means.) Is he a paedophilia, which would make him rightly instituationlised or a Jesus... More

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