One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Ken Kesey
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Reviewer's Rating
Mar 30, 2023

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a classic fiction novel written by Ken Kesey that explores the themes of individuality, conformity, and mental illness. The book is set in a mental institution in the 1950s, the story is narrated by Chief Bromden, a patient who has been in the institution for many years and who is believed to be deaf and dumb. One day Randle McMurphy, a rebellious new patient, disrupts the oppressive order of the medical ward and inspires the other patients to question their own identities and beliefs. The novel's central conflict revolves around the battle between McMurphy and the authoritarian Nurse Ratched, who seeks complete control over the patients.


I would recommend everyone to read this book especially since it is a classic novel. The theme of individuality really resonates in the America we live in today. I also loved all of the different characters that band together and gained confidence from McMurphy. There are many comedic parts in the book while also having a deep story with real connections.


I give this book a 5 out of 5 because it entices the reader to flip the page to find out what happens next in the unbelievable battle against oppression between Randle McMurphy and Nurse Ratched. 

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