One flew over the cuckoo's nest

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Viking Press, 1973 - Fiction - 560 pages
For use in schools and libraries only. McMurphy, a criminal who feigns insanity, is admitted to a mental hospital where he challenges the autocratic authority of the head nurse.

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I read this book after seeing the movie adaptation of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and my initial response was the difference between book and movie; the book is from the viewpoint of a Native ... Read full review

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"Chief" Bromden has been on the ward long enough to see a lot of other patients and even staff come and go. Like the other "chronics" at the asylum, he knows that the head nurse runs the ward with an ... Read full review

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Contents

THE AUTHOR AND HIS WORK
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One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest
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Dope Fiend from The Whole Earth Catalogue
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Ken Kesey, 1935 - 2001 Born in Colorado, graduated from the University of Oregon, and since then a sometimes vagabond resident of the West Coast, Kesey has published only two full-length novels, but they have helped to give him a cult following. "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1962) owes much to Kesey's own experience as a ward attendant in a mental hospital. This exciting first novel is told from the point of view of a half-Indian man who thinks of himself as the Big Chief pictured on the writing tablets of everybody's school days looking out at the other inmates in a Disneylike world. Its portrayal of the doomed but heroic rebel McMurphy stood for a particular kind of American individualism. Sometimes a Great Notion (1964) is a long, complex novel that troubled many of Kesey's earlier readers. Kesey's most recent novel is Demon Box (1987); although it was somewhat well received, it was still compared unfavorably to his earlier works. Ken Kesey died on November 11, 2001.

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