One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Chief Bromden is a downtrodden inmate in a mental institution run by the doll-faced Nurse Ratched and her team of aides. Then a new Admission appears: Randle Patrick McMurphy, transferred from a prison ward. A ’hassler’ and a dangerous free thinker, McMurphy soon challenges the status quo, and a fight for supremacy begins.
Ken Kesey had himself experienced the dark side of America’s psychiatric institutions. While working as a night aide in a mental hospital, he witnessed controversial treatments such as electroshock therapy and lobotomy. He also took LSD as part of a trial run by the CIA, and described the experience as an ’eye-opener’, saying that he could truly ’see into people’ for the first time. Kesey wrote parts of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest while under the influence of mescaline, which partly accounts for its wild narrative panache. Above all it is a harrowing, and challenging, examination of all our notions of freedom, sanity and social control.
- Folio Society First Impression
- Publisher Folio Society, London; 2015
- Grey Cloth Hardback, 328 pp
- With colour and black & white integrated illustrations by David Hughes.
- Size 235 x 164mm, 1.1kg
Condition: Brand New – Still In Original Unopened Cellophane Wrap
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