I have been trying to read classics since I feel like this is a weak spot for me. I had no idea what this book was about. It starts of unusual and crazy but it pulls you into the story rather quickly. What I didn't like about this book was the language - it was harsh and crass. I eventually opted to stop listening to it. Not because the story line was good, but I just couldn't take the language. I opted to read some cliff notes to learn about this book. Too bad - the story line was great but offensive to my ears.
While its a cliche, this is one of the great American Novels. Its got it all - an uncaring institution, doctors, deep sea fishing, crazy people, a rugged individualist, hookers, gambling, minorities - plus, a great story. A must read!
While strange at first, this became and interesting book. The book is rather strange in the beginning, as your point of view is through a man with a number of loose screws, who slowly retrieves his sanity as the story unfolds.
Great book. I really liked the narrator, as well as the author's descriptions.
Even after reading the book I enjoyed the audio a great deal.
It took a while for me to get into this book, if only because Kesey's writing style is very different from anything I've read before. When he delves into his characters' varying degrees of insanity, I almost felt as if I was on one of his acid trips with him. It's fairly obvious much of his inspiration came from his drug use. But, stick with it. It gets very good as the novel becomes darker and darker. The battle of wills between Nurse Ratched and R.P. McMurphy is not to be missed.
KEN KESEY was born in 1935 in Colorado and grew up in Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon, he received a Stegner fellowship from Stanford University, where he studied fiction under Wallace Stegner, Malcolm Cowley, and Frank O'Connor. Kesey's first two novels, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Sometimes a Great Notion", brought him great literary fame. His other books include "Kesey's Garage Sale, Demon Box, The Further Inquiry", and the novels "Sailor Song" (1992) and, with Ken Babbs, "Last Go Round". His children's books include "Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big D