Pitching an extraordinary battle between cruel authority and a rebellious free spirit Ken Kesey&s One Flew Over the Cuckoo&s Nest is a novel that epitomises the spirit of the sixties. This Penguin Classics edition includes a preface never-before published illustrations by the author and an introduction by Robert Faggen.Tyrannical Nurse Ratched rules her ward in an Oregon State mental hospital with a strict and unbending routine unopposed by her patients who remain cowed by mind-numbing medication and the threat of electroshock therapy. But her regime is disrupted by the arrival of McMurphy - the swaggering fun-loving trickster with a devilish grin who resolves to oppose her rules on behalf of his fellow inmates. His struggle is seen through the eyes of Chief Bromden a seemingly mute half-Indian patient who understands McMurphy&s heroic attempt to do battle with the powers that keep them imprisoned. The subject of an Oscar-winning film starring Jack Nicholson One Flew Over the Cuckoo&s Nest an exuberant ribald and devastatingly honest portrayal of the boundaries between sanity and madness.Ken Kesey (1935-2001) was raised in Oregon graduated from the University of Oregon and later studied at Stanford University. He was the author of four novels including One Flew Over the Cuckoo&s Nest (1962) and Sometimes a Great Notion (1964) two children&s books and several works of nonfiction.If you enjoyed One Flew Over the Cuckoo&s Nest you might like Anthony Burgess&s A Clockwork Orange also available in Penguin Modern Classics.&A glittering parable of good and evil&The New York Times Book Review&A roar of protest against middlebrow society&s Rules and the Rulers who enforce them&Time&If you haven&t already read this book do so. If you have read it again&Scotsman
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