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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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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. This version of the novel is bound with the traditional cover.

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.

About the Author

Ken Kesey was born in 1935 and grew up in Oregon. He graduated from the University of Oregon and later studied at Stanford with Wallace Stegner, Malcolm Cowley, Richard Scowcroft, and Frank O' Connor. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, his first novel, was published in 1962. His second novel, Sometimes a Great Notion, followed in 1964. His other books include Kesey's Garage Sale, Demon Box, Caverns (with O. U. Levon), The Further Inquiry, Sailor Song, and Last Go Round (with Ken Babbs). His two children's books are Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear and The Sea Lion. Ken Kesey died on November 10, 2001.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140043129
Author:
Kesey, Ken
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Mentally ill
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Allegories
Subject:
Psychiatric hospital patients
Subject:
Medical novels
Subject:
Mentally ill -- United States -- Fiction.
Subject:
Psychiatric nurses.
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Viking Compass ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
1009
Publication Date:
19770825
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.72x5.04x.62 in. .48 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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