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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
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Jun 13, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: audiobooks, 1001-books-to-read-before-you-die, fiction, 5-star-reads
Read from April 28 to June 13, 2011

I had seen the movie version of this book years ago, so I knew that this would be a humorous story about a mental hospital and the smart aleck patient Randle McMurphy and his battles against the evil Nurse Ratched. But as usual, the book is SO much better than the movie - and the movie was pretty good. McMurphy gets himself admitted to a mental hospital to avoid time at a prison work camp. His wing of the hospital is run by a sadistic Nurse Ratched who on the exterior appears kind, but gets pleasure by cruelly demeaning the patients. At first, McMurphy pulls pranks to entertain himself and his fellow patients, but eventually, he becomes the leader and savior of the inmates. The story is told through the eyes of Chief Bromden, a half Indian inmate who appears mute and has been a patient for years. What I loved about this book is the transformation of both McMurphy and Bromden, both overcoming some inner demons to become the heroes of the story. The audiobook was amazing - impressively narrated by Tom Parker. Loved it!

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