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Ken Kesey - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

Ken Kesey - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

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"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is a seminal novel written by the American author Ken Kesey. Published in 1962, it is a classic of modern American literature. The story is set in a mental hospital and is narrated by "Chief" Bromden, a half-Indian and seemingly schizophrenic patient. The novel revolves around the arrival of Randle P. McMurphy, a rebellious and charismatic rogue who feigns insanity to avoid prison time. McMurphy's arrival disrupts the regimented and oppressive atmosphere of the institution, especially the tyrannical Nurse Ratched, who symbolizes authority and control.

The novel explores themes of freedom, individualism, oppression, and the power struggle between the individual and the institution. It's known for its powerful and often humorous portrayal of the human spirit's resilience in the face of oppressive systems.

"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was not only a literary success but also adapted into a highly acclaimed stage play and a renowned film, starring Jack Nicholson as McMurphy. Kesey's work has had a lasting impact on American literature and culture, and it remains a thought-provoking and relevant exploration of mental health, societal norms, and the quest for personal freedom.
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