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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
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Feb 19, 12

Read from February 14 to 18, 2012

Throughout the process of reading I was never quite able to shake the need to compare it with Orwell’s Animal Farm, both portraying the society through outstanding symbolism. The novel could be perceived, to some extent, as an example of the Elite theory. It consists of the ruling class, fewer in number, in possession of economic or intellectual resources (Nurse Ratched) and the mass, which lacks both strength and motivation. The mass in inert, afraid to act, think, speak its mind… Initial elements are beyond reproach; however, it is the content of the novel that fails to remain consistent to the form. What I found to be the most crippling factor was the length, the excess of to be precise. The author fails to build up on the first few chapters, where the horrors of a psychiatric institution are so vividly described, deciding to persist with seemingly perpetual depictions of the institution and its patients, creating a somewhat circular impression.
Looking at other reviews, two questions come to mind. How many are reviewing Forman’s cinematic masterpiece rather than the book itself? How many have read the book prior to seeing the film?
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