am 15. Januar 1998
What is the world you see when you read this book? It may not be real, but that doesn't make it any less true. Here is a place where feelings become sensations and overpower the "real world". On the face of it, the action takes place in a lunatic asylum. It could just as well be our world. It's populated by a lot of characters that feel more sane than the keepers of the place. The maker of all the rules - the Big Nurse - is the scariest of all, in her confidence that this is entirely her world, run as she likes. Enter Randall Patrick Macmurphy. Rules? What rules? They don't exist as far as he's concerned. This world is just another to be moulded to his liking. Within a minute of his entry, he's run up against the Nurse. Every inmate sees something new about life- it's possible not to follow someone else's rules and live to tell the tale. The Nurse's world cracks up, bit by bit. R.P.Mcmurphy too realizes the extent to which it's possible to fall into the games life creates. This is one character you'll remember forever - and the lesson he preaches. All the inmates - you included - learn that the game is a game only as long as you know you're playing it. Get caught up and you're just a token on the board. Ken Kesey talks through Chief Bromden - an indian who plays at being deaf and dumb in an effort to run from the game. Grammar is an easy prey to the Chief's onrushing thoughts as he struggles to keep up with the speed of events around him. The prose sparkles with electricity as he "sees" his feelings and expresses them as events. Hostility in the air becomes a chill, and the sensation of death is falling into a furnace. This is a book that reads like walking through a "hall of crazy mirrors". You look back on yourself and don't know whether to laugh or cry.
am 11. Juni 2000
This is a wonderfully engaging novel told from the perspectiveof a mental patient. Read it!
Now on to the subject I wanted totalk about. There is a customer review by a 6 year old girl (from 1997) telling the story in her own words. I would like to inform anyone who cares that the events the little girl spoke of were not true to the book. They were scenes from the movie with Jack Nicholson. The movie and the book are very similar, but there are very huge differences, one being the fishing trip. The "little girl" told the movie version. In the book version, the patients have permission to go on the trip, and Doctor Spivey accompanies them on the trip...This really is a wonderful novel and I hope everyone will read it AND see the movie to see the differences. The movie is classic, so if you really don't want to read the book, see the movie, but don't play it off like you read the book.
am 22. April 2000
This is a modern masterpiece, or so I've heard, many times, from various sources. So I gave it EVERY CHANCE in the world. But I have to be honest, I found it an utterly shallow raving about how the "modern matriarchy" [whatever that is] has "cut off men's balls". I read a bunch of reviews that hail this book as subtle and insightful and say that it really challenged stereotypes and drew characters fully and sympathetically. I thought it was quite the opposite. The characters were flat, two-dimensional, and predictable. The rambunctious, "life-loving" hearty male. The repressive, bureaucratic older woman emasculating the poor men in her charge. The sympathies were clear. The "good" characters, even when they raped teenage girls, were simply expressing their zest for life. The bad character was so bad that no one could even "get it up for her".
The only thing "new" was the recognition that the mentally ill were human beings worthy of basic dignity. I'm not even sure that that view was (in 1962) quite as radical as everyone is making it out to be. It was more like a mid-century trend to reconceive deviance.
And please, those of you snapping up to write a knee-jerk response chiding me for "political correctness", desist! All I am saying is that I doubt an author purporting to expose stereotypes serves his work well by resorting to yet more stereotypes with such gusto. Kesey could have made the UNSYMPATHETIC characters more human.
am 19. Mai 2000
Ladies and gentlemen. If you are looking for some entertainment, but are tired of TV programs and the like: Invest seven dollars in this little masterpiece and you will be engrossed in this enjoyable read. There's something for everyone here. Kesey paid close attention to the effects that drugs can have on one's body and he describes this process so vividly that one can actually imagine what it must be like to swallow some of those "red pills." Do you like characters that will be branded in your brain long after you are finished reading the book? Kesey delivers in this area as well. He makes his characters so realistic that on more than one occasion I would see an individual in town and make a mental note of how they reminded me of Harding (or Billy, or Ratched, or McMurphy, etc...). And the characters are true to themselves too. Enjoy a good plot? How about a fun-loving, reckless, enormous man entering a mental hospital that is strictly regulated by an old Army nurse with huge breasts that she tries to conceal throughout the novel? :) It is not a difficult book to read, nor is it very long. I challenge one to try to read through McMurphy's antics without shaking one's head and smiling. Enjoy!
am 13. Mai 1999
The novel "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Ken Kessey, was one of the best books I have read ever since my high school years. It was the only novel that kept me interested in what was going to happen next and I couldn't put it down for second. What I enjoyed the most is the way the main character, McMurphy, performed his role and the way the author set up the story. The novel is about a man named McMurphy who goes into the world of the mental hospital and objects and refuse to obey the rules. He then takes over the Big Nurse who had the power of authority and McMurphy leads the other patients around him to experience fun and happiness. McMurphy does this by promoting gambling and he sneaks in women in the ward. His only goal in this novel is to reduce the other patien't fears toward the Big Nurse and to forget about the rules for once and have fun. Overall, this is a very interesting, enjuyable and a funny novel, and I defintely recommend it.
am 29. Oktober 1998
Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a literary masterpiece. Seen through the eyes of a madman, this book leads us through a whole different world; a world where paranoia runs rampant and chaos is second in command only to The Big Nurse. The book opens with a vivid description of "the fog" that clouds the truth, consciousness, paranoia, and terror which imprison the mind of Chief Bromden, a chronically insane Indian and the first person narrator of the book. Scene by scene, the plot unravels, separating truth and insanity to reveal an extraordinary war of the mind; the power of strict, systematic control, verses the power of rebellion. Any of the acutes that lived on this ward could state in a heartbeat the ultimate source of power; The Big Nurse, Nurse Ratched. That is, until convict Randall Patrick McMurphy convinces the courts that he is a madman, laughing his way from the prison farmyards to the nuthouse dayroom, "bucking the system" at every bump. When Ratched meets McMurphy, it's battle from the start. The Nurse uses her strong intimidation, backed with logic, reason, and "the system", against Randall's boisterous rebellion, fueled with chaos, brawn, and temptation, both striving to attain the support of the deciding party; the acute insane patients and those chronics who are still enough there to vote the outcome. The magnificent war the follows stretches the mind to comprehend and tickles the imagination. At every turn in the plot, action is pursuing, leaving the reader to contemplate while providing nonstop laugh-out-loud entertainment. Kesey ties together the shoes of character, theme, and conscience, giving them a quick shove from behind to create the shocking climax that will change the book completely.
am 26. Februar 1999
I have read this book twice. Once in high school 20 years ago and again last year. It stills has the insightfullness of the King of Hearts and all the depth. It is too bad that this book is so well written. So that now when its premise is outdated by new insights on mental illness, it remains popular and continues to mislead people that mental illness can be cured by a little love and understanding.
am 23. Februar 1999
" One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" is a fantastic novel. Ken Kesey is a deep writer. He goes really deep into the thoughts of the characters. At the beginning I was having a hard time understanding what was going on, but as the story progressed I started to understand. At the beginning of the story I thought that all of the guys were very crazy. As the story went on and the author gave more detailed facts about some of the characters, I started to believe that they weren't really as crazy as I thought that they were. As I started thinking deeper, I thought maybe it wasn't me that was changing my thoughts about them, maybe it was them really changing. I now believe that McMurphey really did change the others, all for the better. When he first arrived and started taking their money and making trouble, I thought that he was just going to make the other patients crazier, but I was very wrong. He got the Chief to start talking, and he got most of the other patients to smile and even stick up for themselves. Overall, the story was excellent. Even though I thought that it started out slow, it ended with a bizarre twist. Just like Steinbeck's " Of Mice and Men", a friend killed his friend for what he thought would be the best for both of them. We all thought that McMurphey was going to escape, but it ended up that he was killed the night of his great escape and Chief Bromden went ahead and left in his place. The author Ken Kesey obviously put a lot of time and a great deal of thought into this book. It was great and I recommend it to anyone who likes a good, dramatic, book.
am 6. Januar 1999
Iwon't lie. The first exposure I ever had to this book was my freshman year in high school. A friend of mine found it in the library and thought it had a cool title, so he did his freshman paper on it. I teased him, saying that the title was childish and dumb. But, that was six years ago. Since then, I fell away from the "essential classics" that jr. and sr. high had taught me, books like Moby Dick, which, are good, but no 16 year old will ever admit to and I picked up Jack Kerouac's "On the Road". This one novel was what turned me on to Kessey. I looked at Kerouac websites and there were Kessey links, and after a year's worth of teasing my pal about the book he'd chosen for a report, there was no way I could've forgotten the title. I read about Kessey, and of coarse, his bus, Furthur, and the Acid Tests, and Neal Cassidy and all that fun stuff. I wondered about the book and bought it and read it. It was no mistake. With colorful characters like McMurphy and the Chief, a world of chronics and acutes, Kessey unfolds a surrealistic world that mirrors modern socioeconomic hierarchies. You have the haves, the staff, and the have nots, the patients. The staff rules over the patients like a regime, and within this hierarchy lies another like a set of Chinese toy boxes. The Chief's got no money, McMurphy's a gambler, the other patients don't know that McMurphy is swindling them, and so on and so forth. I began thinking that you really can't judge a book by it's cover, or, in this case, title, the more I read it.
am 4. März 2004
This great novel by ken kesey, asks the quite inetressting question: who judges upon sanity and insanity in our society?
this is the story of a sane man, Mc Murphy, who comes to the mental institution, from a prison work farm. And he immediatly after entering the ward he starts chellangeing the nurse, ho is the boss of the hostpital and wants to control all her patients. MyMurphy tries to teach the other patients how to live, by making them laugh, playing cards with them, wanting to watch baseball games on tv, organising a fishing trip,bringing a prositute to the ward and making a party in the hostpital. The nurse,who almost looses control over her patients, reacts on McMurphy's revolutionary ambitions, with a electroshock therapy and in the end she makes a labotomie(=the cutting away of a part of the brain, which puts you in a vegatetive state). But in the end the native american friend of mcmurphy suffocates him with a pillow, because he knows that mcmurphy wouldn't want to live as a vegtable. and after this the native american escapes from the ward,and mcmurphy remains a hero for the patients,who died as a christ like figure for the freedom of the others.
kesey's book rises many questions, like: who says that someone is mentally insane, or is it right to lock people away and trying to control them, what ever it costs..??
Nobody who is interested in stories dealing with society very critically, will enjoy this book!!!!