One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesley (book review)

13/08/2012 § 2 Comments

Bromden, a paranoid schizophrenic in a 1960’s mental hospital is taciturn and feigning deafness. Initially a remote narrator, Bromden is drawn into his own plot by the new and apparently sane patient, McMurphy. This venerated clown effectively unnerves the reader by representing at once a hero subverting the tyranny of ‘Big Nurse’, and a paedophilic psychopath with a warped vendetta. Powerful demonstrations of insanity are diluted by patient inactivity and Bromden’s long delusionary parentheses. This contrasts the monotony of institutionalisation with the terrifying immediacy of a psychotic break, with the unfortunately inevitable result of making the novel tiresome in places.


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§ 2 Responses to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesley (book review)

  • Have you seen the film? I’m put off reading this as I’ve already seen the film and I’m worried itll overshadow it.

    • If you enjoyed the film you should definitely read the book – it gives you a lot more insight into the characters, particularly Bromden. The Big Nurse is a much more multifaceted character in the book, also. Let me know what you think! B

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