One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

(Great Books edition)

Format
Paperback
Price
$16.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140283341
  • 288 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

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

A mordant, wickedly subversive parable set in a mental ward, the novel chronicles the head-on collision between its hell-raising, life-affirming hero Randle Patrick McMurphy and the totalitarian rule of Big Nurse. McMurphy swaggers into the mental ward like a blast of fresh air and turns the place upside down, starting a gambling operation, smuggling in wine and women, and egging on the other patients to join him in open rebellion. But McMurphy’s revolution against Big Nurse and everything she stands for quickly turns from sport to a fierce power struggle with shattering results.

With One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Kesey created a work without precedent in American literature, a novel at once comic and tragic that probes the nature of madness and sanity, authority and vitality. Greeted by unanimous acclaim when it was first published, the book has become and enduring favorite of readers.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Ken Kesey

Praise

“A glittering parable of good and evil.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A roar of protest against middlebrow society’s Rules and the Rulers who enforce them.” —Time

Table of Contents

Sketches by Ken Kesey   vii
Introduction by Robert Faggen   ix

Part One   1
Part Two  127
Part Three  173
Part Four   223
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