Into the sanitized tedium of the mental ward walks Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, life-loving new inmate who vows to rebel against the tyrannical Big Nurse. While all the patients are resigned to a safe, secure existence of routine, McMurphy sets out to shake things up.
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An international bestseller, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest defined the 1960s era of ever-widening perspectives and ominous repressive forces. Full of mischief, insight, and pathos, Kesey's powerful story of a mental ward and its inhabitants probes the meaning of madness, often turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads.
The tale is chronicled by the seemingly mute Indian patient, Chief Bromden; its hero is Randle Patrick McMurphy, the boisterous, brawling, fun-loving rebel who encourages gambling, drinking, and sex in the ward, and rallies the other patients around him by challenging the dictatorial rule of Big Nurse. McMurphy's defiance -- which begins as a sport -- develops into a grim struggle with the awesome power of the "Combine", concluding with shattering, tragic results. In its unforgettable portrait of a man teaching the value of self-reliance and laughter destroyed by forces of hatred and fear, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a classic parable that has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time.About the Author:
Ken Kesey (1935-2001) was raised in Oregon, graduated from the University of Oregon, and later studied at Stanford University. He was the author of four novels, two children's books, and several works of nonfiction.
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Book Description Signet, 1963. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110451074181
Book Description Signet, 1963. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0451074181