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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest



An oldie but a goody, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest tells the story of a rebellious patient in a highly structured psych ward.

With a story line that is hard to stop reading, Ken Kesey pulls the reader into a strict setting through the eyes of a chronically ill patient in the psych ward. Through his narration, the monotony and repetition of the schedule makes the reader believe that they are actually in the ward themselves! But the reality of the illnesses and disorders in the ward can be shocking and sometimes disturbing.

When a ridiculous and boisterous patient enters the ward, things start to change.It is his outrageous shenanigans that make it hard to stifle a laugh while reading. Be cautious not to read this book in a quiet area! But it is this particular character that allows the reader to look deeper into the meaning of the reasons why the other patients are in the ward in the first place, and even questions the reasons why American society places such people in the ward.

What was most interesting about One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was actually the setting of the novel. Not often does a person come across a book that takes place in a psych ward. It is a subject that readers find intriguing, even though it is not written about often. It was that specific reason why I chose this book.

The beginning of the novel is a slow introduction, but once the story unfolds, it is hard to put the book down. However, the climax of the novel comes unusually later than most, which makes the reader anticipate the hilarious scenes, but also makes the ending come quickly and prints a completely unforgettable impression on the readers mind. Although the book can be slow paced at times, it is a quick read, and a very enjoyable novel.