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Sketches

Psychedelic sixties. God knows whatever that means it certainly meant far more than drugs, though drugs still work as a pretty good handle to the phenomena.

I grabbed at that handle. Legally, too, I might add. Almost patriotically, in fact. Early psychedelic sixties...

Eight o'clock every Tuesday morning I showed up at the vet's hospital in Menlo Park, ready to roll. The doctor deposited me in a little room on his ward, dealt me a couple of pills or a shot or a little glass of bitter juice, then locked the door. He checked back every forty minutes to see if I was still alive, took some tests, asked some questions, left again. The rest of the time I spent studying the inside of my forehead, or looking out the little window in the door. It was six inches wide and eight inches high, and it had heavy chicken wire inside the glass.

You get your visions through whatever gate you're granted.

Patients straggled by in the hall outside, their faces all ghastly confessions. Sometimes I looked at them and sometimes they looked at me. but rarely did we look at one another. It was too naked and painful. More was revealed in a human face than a human being can bear, face-to-face.

Sometimes the nurse came by and checked on me. Her face was different. It was painful business, but not naked. This was not a person you could allow yourself to be naked in front of.

Six months or so later I had finished the drug experiments and applied for a job. I was taken on as a nurse's aide, in the same ward, with the same doctor, under the same nurse—and you must understand we're talking about a huge hospital here! It was weird.

But, as I said, it was the sixties.

Those faces were still there, still painfully naked. To ward them off my case I very prudently took to carrying around a little notebook, to scribble notes. I got a lot of compliments from nurses: "Good for you, Mr. Kesey. That's the spirit. Get to know these men."

I also scribbled faces. No, that's not correct. As I prowl through this stack of sketches I can see that these faces bored their way behind my forehead and scribbled themselves. I just held the pen and waited for the magic to happen.

This was, after all, the sixties.

Ken Kesey

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I was assigned the reading of this book for English class. At first I was not looking forward to reading this book as it is hard to get into in the beginning. Stick with it and you will have one of the best literary experiences of your life.
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I was assigned the reading of this book for English class. At first I was not looking forward reading this book as it is hard to get into in the beginning. Stick with it and you will have one of the best literary experiences of your life.
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DanaB, May 11, 2006 (view all comments by DanaB)
I really liked this book. Sometimes the author tries too much to connect the reader to the mind of the narrator(an inmate in an phyciatric hospital), but just seems to go off on a tangent. The overall plot, however is great, and the author's unique writing style brings the characters to life.
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ISBN:
9780141181226
Introduction:
McClanahan, Ed
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Introduction by:
McClanahan, Ed
Introduction:
McClanahan, Ed
Author:
Faggen, Robert
Author:
Sacco, Joe
Author:
Kesey, Ken
Author:
Palahniuk, Chuck
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Mentally ill
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Oregon
Subject:
Satire
Subject:
Psychiatric hospitals
Subject:
Psychiatric hospital patients
Subject:
Medical novels
Subject:
Psychiatric nurses.
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics Deluxe Editio
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations throughout
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
7.84x5.12x.56 in. .48 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 312 pages Penguin Books - English 9780141181226 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A glittering parable of good and evil."
"Review" by , "This is an allegory with a difference, the difference being found in the very method of composition, in the bi-tonal technique of terrible realism in conjunction with a profound and searching parable of government and the governed."
"Review" by , "[A]s a work of fiction, for background, for story, for strong writing that holds harsh humor, anger and compassion, and, most of all, for the creation of Randle P. McMurphy, this is a first novel of special worth."
"Review" by , "A work of genuine literary merit. What Mr. Kesey has done in his unusual novel is to transform the plight of a ward of inmates in a mental institution into a glittering parable of good and evil."
"Review" by , "[Kesey's] book is a strong, warm story about the nature of human good and evil....[A] roar of protest against middlebrow society's Rule and the invisible Rulers who enforce them."
"Review" by , "Powerful, poetic realism...makes the tired old subject of life in a mental hospital into an absorbing Orwellian microcosm of all humanity."
"Review" by , "Mr. Kesey has created a world that is convincing, alive, and glowing within its own boundaries....His is a large, robust talent, and he has written a large, robust book."
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A visually arresting deluxe edition of Ken Kesey's counterculture classic

Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's 1962 novel has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Now in a new deluxe edition with a foreword by Chuck Palahniuk and cover by Joe Sacco, here is the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially the tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her. We see the struggle through the eyes of Chief Bromden, the seemingly mute half-Indian patient who witnesses and understands McMurphy's heroic attempt to do battle with the powers that keep them all imprisoned.

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Ken Kesey's counterculture classic

Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Keseys One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest is the seminal novel of the 1960s that has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Here is the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially the tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her. We see the struggle through the eyes of Chief Bromden, the seemingly mute half-Indian patient who witnesses and understands McMurphys heroic attempt to do battle with the awesome powers that keep them all imprisoned.

This edition includes a new foreword by Kesey, a new text introduction by Robert Faggen, and line drawings the author made when writing the book, many never before published.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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