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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
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Nov 06, 2015

it was amazing
bookshelves: literary, humour, pre-goodreads, canon, reread, tough-guy-book-club
Read from October 10 to November 06, 2015

Everything that is great about 20th century American culture is on display in this novel. Unafraid. Unrelenting. It's that good. This is a re-reader. This is my second time around, and I could see myself reading it again in another 15 years or so. I watched the film again straight afterwards, and I used to say that the film was just as good. It's not. It's good. It's just not in the same ball-park.

And why this book is important to read is that you really couldn't see it being published today. Not in this climate. Climate change is real. And ongoing. But what goes around, comes around. I'm optimistic. Chief gets out. He is re-made. It can be done again. Which makes this book more and more important, and more and more readable.

This time around I really enjoyed Chief's narrative focus, and appreciated all the varying depths of storytelling Kesey was able to engage in by using him. I enjoyed a little Hamlet-feel I hadn't before, not to mention the post-Moby Dick understanding.

The terror of McMurphy, you Dionysian ideal, you impossible thing, you ... man. There are little panes of glass everywhere that need your fist. If not yours, another's.
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Jeremy Looking forward to revisiting this one.

Stosch good 1, i liked the part about "the machine"

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