One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Ken Kesey
Star Rating
Reviewer's Rating
May 5, 2023

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey is by far one of my favorite books I’ve read. It explores life within a psychiatric hospital utilizing comedic undertones. The book highlights a power struggle between McMurphy (the cowboy-esque patient) and Nurse Ratched (the tyrant ward nurse). The book is incredibly unique because it presents unreliable narration and forces the reader to continuously guess what’s upcoming. Additionally, it explores the oppressive system that dictates the lives of patients within their mental institution. The book explores the complexity of psychology and individuality by analyzing the psychiatric hospital and the numerous characters within it. Kesey is incredible at writing and he is intentional with every sentence he creates. The writing is not difficult to understand, rather, it is precisely calculated and allows for a clear and clever interpretation of the novel. There are thousands of things that could be analyzed in this book because it is tremendously intricate. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a book that will continue to be at the back of your mind, and it will constantly keep you thinking. I definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting an easy read that will stimulate your brain while keeping you engaged.

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