one_flew_over_the_cuckoos_nest-11612I read this book for my one of my Masters English classes.  We were comparing books to the films they’ve become.  After reading the book and thoroughly enjoying it.  I was kind of disappointed when I watched the film.  I just couldn’t understand why they would cut out so much or change certain things.  The things they cut out of the film wouldn’t have been hard to portray.  Don’t get me wrong, both the book and the movie were good in their own right.  But any avid reader would understand the differences that I speak of.  I don’t want to spoil the book or film for anyone.  So I will say this.  If you have not seen or read this classic.  And want to enjoy some drama mixed with bafoonery and all around comedy, then add this to your reading list.  You won’t be disappointed.  It’s really a good story. – Norman LaVelle

Overview

An international bestseller and the basis for the hugely successful film, Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is one of the defining works of the 1960s.

In this classic novel, Ken Kesey’s hero is Randle Patrick McMurphy, a boisterous, brawling, fun-loving rebel who swaggers into the world of a mental hospital and takes over. A lusty, life-affirming fighter, McMurphy rallies the other patients around him by challenging the dictatorship of Nurse Ratched. He promotes gambling in the ward, smuggles in wine and women, and openly defies the rules at every turn. But this defiance, which starts as a sport, soon develops into a grim struggle, an all-out war between two relentless opponents: Nurse Ratched, backed by the full power of authority, and McMurphy, who has only his own indomitable will. What happens when Nurse Ratched uses her ultimate weapon against McMurphy provides the story’s shocking climax.

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