H o o k e d o n b o o k s REVISITING A CLASSIC One ne Flew Flew Over Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
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You may remember the title as the 197 75 film that won Jack Nicholso on his very first Oscar as the leading man. But long before the film becam me a talking point, the novel — writte n by Ken Kesey — had captured the po opular sentiment of the ' 60s. At the hea art of it, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s NestN is a tale of rebellion — the kind tha at helps you discover yourself. The p protagonist is Randle Patrick Mcmur rphy, a man who fakes mental illness i in order to prevent his prison term. O Once inside the mental institution, his s shenanigans begin to ask some tou ugh questions of the establishment.. Going by what a lot of critics have w written in the some seminal essay s, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest h has also been read as a s harp c r i t i que ue of t he s ocietal definitions of insanity.
Though the protagonist Randle is likely to stay with you long after you are done reading the book, he is supported by a cast of characters that lend colour to the narrative — be it the narrator Chief Bromden or the toughtalking nurse Mildred Ratched, or even a peripheral character like Billy Bibbit. The novel may have been an ode to the counterculture movement when it was first published, but its impact is timeless and can be felt deeply even now.
— Anamika Chatterjee