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

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