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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.
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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.
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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.
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am 13. Mai 1999
Julie Guerrero
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.
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am 22. Juli 2015
Habe mir das Buch gebraucht bestellt um es ein zweites Mal auf Englisch zu lesen. Aber die Ausgabe, die mir geschickt wurde, ist sehr alt. Das Papier ist stark versteift, vergilbt und droht sich an manchen Stellen vom Bund zu lösen.
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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!
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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.
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am 31. Mai 2000
I am a fan of Kesey and his works and this was a great book for a first novel. I got into Kesey because of the Acid Tests (which I found out about through the Grateful Dead) and I love his books including his latest "The Last Go Round." I recommend this to everyone.
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am 31. Juli 2000
Undeniably at the top of my list. Randle McMurphy is an example to all who feel trapped "in the fog"
The movie was good, but a lot of the power was in the narration by the Chief, as he's led back out of the fog by McMurphy.
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am 25. Dezember 2011
Eines der wenigen Bücher, wo ich sagen muss, dass der Film besser als die Vorlage war. Wirklich vom Hocker gehauen hat es mich hier nicht, weil es keinen richigen Spannungsbogen, dafür aber teilweise gute Längen gibt. Ein angeblich taubstummer übergroßer Indianer erzählt die Geschichte von McMurphy, der schon rein äußerlich heraussticht. Beide treffen sich in einer geschlossenen Psychiatrie und dort rebelliert McMurphy gegen die Obrigkeit in Gestalt von Schwester Ratched. Später stellt sich heraus, dass McMurphy einer der wenigen eingewiesenen Patienten ist, während die anderen alle freiweillig dort ihre Zeit verbringen und der Indianer eigentlich recht gut hören und sprechen kann. So dümpelt das Buch dem wenig überraschenden Ende entgegen, was nix damit zu tun hat, ob man den Film gesehen hat oder nicht. Schade, da waren meine Erwartungen zu hoch...
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