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One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
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Aug 09, 2011

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Read from August 08 to 09, 2011

Okay, personal crisis. This book is brilliant. The reader in me who loves freedom and hopes for complex, constantly evolving characters, came to the end of the story with her fist in the air and her heart breaking. However, the woman in me is a little uneasy with the way females are portrayed in this tale. It seems we have two options, ladies. Either shut up and open our legs, or do everything we can to crush the male spirit. There was discomfort in knowing that there would always be a distance between myself and the "good guys" of this tale because my gender is the ultimate antagonist. That kinda hurts.

On the other hand, it says a lot that I could feel that way and still not hate the book. I loved so much of it. I loved the narrator, his path of self-discovery and his less-than reliable, yet always on point, storytelling. I loved that the supposed hero of the book was flawed, complex and yet straight-forward and simple. People acted in ways that were human and logical, yet I never knew what would happen. Darn it, I rooted for all of them! I didn't expect a dystopic tale that would impact me more than most I've read. I just wish I could have celebrated masculinity without feeling like femininity had to take a beat-down.

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