One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

A tal, dramatise by the gigantic but docile half-Native American inmate " Chief " Bromden, focuses on the antics of the rebellious Randle Patrick McMurphy, who faked insanity to serve out his prison sentence for statutory rape in the ospital. The head administrative nurse, Mildred Ratched, rules the ward with a mailed fist and with little medical oversight. McMurphy constantly antagonizes Nurse Ratched and upsets the routines, leading to constant power struggles between the nmate and the nurse.
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Published 1962 by New American Library

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I first read th ook in 2007 after I became a daytime outpatient at Our Lady of Peace, my city 's mental health facility.

Knowing this book and fil, and specially the character of McMurphy, was how my dad related to me during this trying time.

Reilly Got me thinking of my dad asking his McMurphy how Ms. Ratchett was today.

I ’ ve been reading various other mental health books lately, and sadly some things never change as advanced medicine has become.

AUDIO REREAD# 19How many of us " have been told dragons do not exist, then been dragged to their lairs? " How many of us " forget sometimes what laughter can do? " I think out of all the characters out of all the essay, Billy the most breaks my heart.

Very few books hold my heart through years as this one does.

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They deemed the book " pornographic " and aid that it " glorifies criminal activity, has a tendency to corrupt juveniles, and include descriptions of bestiality, bizarre violence, and torture, dismemberment, death, and human elimination " .• 1975: The essay was removed from public schools in Randolph, New York and Alton, Oklahoma.• 1977: Removed from the required reading list in Westport, Maine.• 1978: Banned from the St. Anthony, Idaho Freemont High School and the teacher who assigned the novel was fired.• 1982: Challenged at Merrimack, New Hampshire High School.• 1986: Challenged at Aberdeen Washington High school in Honors English classes.2000: Challenged at Placentia Unified School District ( Yorba Linda, California).

Kesey has drawn an epic clash between chaos and order and did so within the halls and bleached clean walls of insane asylum.Though I could not help picturing Jack Nicholson as McMurphy while reading this, Kesey ’ s McMurphy is really described more like Charles Dickens ’ Fagan, a red headed trickster, and even in mythic terms he is Coyote, or Loki, he is THE TRICKSTER GOD, he is that opposing force that makes the orderly way of the universe stronger. “ Rules?

PISS ON YOUR FUCKING RULES! ” In the way, McMurphy is the quintessential American, and he will be viewe as a metaphor for the spirit of America.

When McMurphy arrives at the nstitute, the people are informally divided between the chronics – those whose condition has demanded their lifelong commitment; and the acutes, those whose insanity may be temporary and remedied.

McMurphy ’ s riendship with Chief ( an erstwhile chronic) and his championing of the acutes status is a central theme of the book. “ What do you hink you re, for Chrissake, crazy or somethin'?

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I watched it float downstream: a tiny dot weaving through the rippling reflections of the city lights, until it finally sank below the surface.I tell you th story because, in the way, throwing that bag of stuff off the bridge is the best analysis I can find of Kesey 's book.So much has been said before, what else an I kno? Chuck Palahniuk summed it up nicely in the forward for the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition.

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A means the majority of readers are familiar with one or the other and I hought th very brief review would be enough; something along the lines, " he nove is extremely good ".

Th ward of a psychiatri hospital in Oregon was ruled by an iron hand of its head nurse Ratched.

I honestly did not need to se the movie stills in my review as ountless other people did it in theirs, but I also fel it is difficul to talk about a book without mentioning the movie.

1. She is a trong woman doing what she insist is best and as such can onl hav th villain thus McMurphy is the one.2.

If the Nurse is a villain how comes there is no other strong woman on a good side?

Havin a strong woman does not follow one a good person by default.

This assertio that she realise that everything she does is for the greater good makes her even scarier- and she is hilarious, no doubt about it.For the second questio I can eve know that there is no place for a good strong woman in he tory.

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“ All I ask is this: nobody ’ s to big in the second place, and it ooks to me like everybody spends their hole life tearing everybody else down. ”- Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo ’ s NestThis is a ook I had little interest in reading.

I spent four years of my legal career defending indigent clients facing commitment before our local Board of Mental Health.

With those prejudgments in mind, I probabl would have ignored Ken Kesey ’ s counterculture classic, One Flew Over the Cuckoo ’ s Nest.

McMurphy, a red-haired Steve McQueen-type with a personality disorder, who shows up on the ward and engages in an epic battle of wills with the Nurse Ratched, a.k.a., the “ Big Nurse. ” ( Side note: I watched this movie after reading anothe nove.

Effectivel, Bromden barely figures in the early plot, serving mainly to describe McMurphy ’ s effor to upend the ward that Nurse Ratched runs with an iron hand.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo ’ s Nest unfolds episodically, with Ratched and McMurphy trading figurative blows, notching both victories and defeats as they struggle for the soul of the other patients.

There were times when his phrasing is so breathtakingly brilliant that it akes you out of a tory – after all, tha is meant to be Bromden talking, not literary star Ken Kesey.

This power play between Nurse Ratched and McMurphy is a classic pitting of “ he Man ” versus “ the Rebel. ” It was ublished in 1962, and the authoritarian-antiauthoritarian dialectic is part of thi larger context of those times.

By thi time Cuckoo ’ s Nest came out, electroshock therapy and lobotomies had started to lose their luster as panaceas, though they were certainly still employed.

The patients on the ward are controlled, but controlled in such a subtle fashion that most don ’ t feel they are being oerced.

This scene is played for big laughs but also subtle poignancy.

When I ead it, it gave me a rare exhilaration, like I hated he first time I watched The Shawshank Redemption.

To be oka, One Flew Over the Cuckoo ’ s Nest is flawed at times, particularl in tone.

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Writ it a long long time ago.

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