One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest

Kesey, Ken

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This is the classic story of Randle Patick McMurphy, a criminal who feigns insanity and is admitted to a mental hospital where he challenges the autocratic authority of the head nurse.

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Pitching an extraordinary battle between cruel authority and a rebellious free spirit, Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a novel that epitomises the spirit of the sixties. This Penguin Classics edition includes a preface, never-before published illustrations by the author, and an introduction by Robert Faggen.

Tyrannical Nurse Ratched rules her ward in an Oregon State mental hospital with a strict and unbending routine, unopposed by her patients, who remain cowed by mind-numbing medication and the threat of electroshock therapy. But her regime is disrupted by the arrival of McMurphy – the swaggering, fun-loving trickster with a devilish grin who resolves to oppose her rules on behalf of his fellow inmates. His struggle is seen through the eyes of Chief Bromden, a seemingly mute half-Indian patient who understands McMurphy’s heroic attempt to do battle with the powers that keep them imprisoned. The subject of an Oscar-winning film starring Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest an exuberant, ribald and devastatingly honest portrayal of the boundaries between sanity and madness.

If you enjoyed One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, you might like Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

‘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

‘If you haven’t already read this book, do so. If you have, read it again’
Scotsman

Additional information

Weight 236 g
Dimensions 198 × 129 × 18 mm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

281

Language

English

Edition

New Edition

Dewey

813.54 (edition:22)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K