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  • Writer's pictureJames G Yeo

Book Review of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

I am going to say I have read some strange books over my life, this one by far takes the cake. I am not saying it is a bad book to read, what I am saying is that the ideas in the book take place in a mental hospital during a time that was not so nice to patients. I will say that Kesey has done a great job in writing it in first person and for the most of the time it was an easy read at times and when the plot twists so does the writing. There were times during the book when I questioned what Kesey was getting at with the story. For the main part I think it was about the treatment of patients during that time period.


With Kesey's main character who comes into the story from a prison work farm to the mental hospital sets the tone for the book. The character is set against the head nurse of the ward. This makes for some good laughs at times and were I have spent some time on a mental ward because of illness, I understood the jokes that Kesey was writing. You don't have to have spent time in the mental wards to get the jokes by the way.


This battle of wits between the main character and the nurse takes place over an amount of time so Kesey was able to build on each battle for the next one. It was very hard to put the book down because you want to know what the next thing that the main character was going to do.


All in all, it was a good read and it is a strange book. If you are looking for something that will keep you guessing on what is happening it is worth a read. Be warned there are some scenes that are out there.


The next book that I am going to be reading is a classic, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

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