Oregon Authors: Ken Kesey (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)

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by Ken Kesey
Copyright © 1962

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


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"In this classic novel of the 1960's, Ken Kesey's hero is Randle Patrick McMurphy, a boisterous, brawling, fun-loving rebel who swaggers into the world of a mental hospital and takes over. A lusty, life-affirming fighter, McMurphy rallies the other patients around him by challenging the dictatorship of Big Nurse. He promotes gambling in the ward, smuggles in wine and women, and openly defies the rules at every turn. But this defiance, which starts as sport, soon develops into a grim struggle, and an all-out war between two relentless opponents: Big Nurse, backed by the full power of authority... McMurphy, who has his own indomitable will. What happens when Big Nurse uses her ultimate weapon against McMurphy provides the story's shocking climax."