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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

50th Anniversary Edition

$24.50 USD

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Narrator John C. Reilly
Length 10 hours 31 minutes
Language English
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A fiftieth-anniversary edition of Ken Kesey's searing American classic.

Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her. We see the story through the eyes of Chief Bromden, the seemingly mute half-Indian patient who witnesses and understands McMurphy's heroic attempt to do battle with the powers that keep them all imprisoned.

Hailed upon its publication as "a glittering parable of good and evil" (The New York Times Book Review) and "a roar of protest against middlebrow society's Rules and the invisible Rulers who enforce them" (Time), Kesey's powerful book went on to sell millions of copies and remains as bracing and insightful today as when it was first released. This new deluxe hardcover edition commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the original publication of the novel on February 1, 1962, and will be a must have for any literature lover.

Ken Kesey was born in 1935 and grew up in Oregon. He graduated from the University of Oregon and later studied at Stanford with Wallace Stegner, Malcolm Cowley, Richard Scowcroft, and Frank O'Connor. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, his first novel, was published in 1962. His other books include Sometimes a Great NotionDemon Box, and Sailor Song. Kesey's two children's books are Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear and The Sea Lion. He died on November 10, 2001.

Robert Faggen is a professor of literature at Claremont McKenna College in California, as well as a Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Graves fellow. He has written many critical works, including The Cambridge Introduction to Robert Frost and Robert Frost and the Challenge of Darwin. Faggen has also edited writing collections, such as The Cambridge Companion to Robert Frost.

John C. Reilly is an American actor, screenwriter, comedian, and singer who has performed in more than 50 films, including Boogie Nights, Step Brothers, and Wreck-It-Ralph. He was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his role in the film adaptation of Chicago, and has been nominated for Grammy and Tony Awards for subsequent work.

Ken Kesey was born in 1935 and grew up in Oregon. He graduated from the University of Oregon and later studied at Stanford with Wallace Stegner, Malcolm Cowley, Richard Scowcroft, and Frank O'Connor. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, his first novel, was published in 1962. His other books include Sometimes a Great NotionDemon Box, and Sailor Song. Kesey's two children's books are Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear and The Sea Lion. He died on November 10, 2001.

Robert Faggen is a professor of literature at Claremont McKenna College in California, as well as a Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Graves fellow. He has written many critical works, including The Cambridge Introduction to Robert Frost and Robert Frost and the Challenge of Darwin. Faggen has also edited writing collections, such as The Cambridge Companion to Robert Frost.

John C. Reilly is an American actor, screenwriter, comedian, and singer who has performed in more than 50 films, including Boogie Nights, Step Brothers, and Wreck-It-Ralph. He was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his role in the film adaptation of Chicago, and has been nominated for Grammy and Tony Awards for subsequent work.

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Reviews

"A work of genuine literary merit . . . What Mr. Kesey has done in his unusual novel is to transform the plight of a ward of inmates in a mental hospital into a glittering parable of good and evil."
--The New York Times Book Review

"[A] brilliant first novel . . . a strong, warm story about the nature of human good and evil . . . Keysey has made his book a roar of protest against middlebrow society's Rules and the invisible Rulers who enforce them."
--Time

"The final triumph of these men at the cost of a terrifying sacrifice should send chills down any reader's back. . . . This novel's scenes have the liveliness of a motion picture."
--The Washington Post

"An outstanding book . . . [Kesey's] characters are original and real. . . . This is a tirade against the increasing controls over man and his mind, yet the author never gets on a soap box. Nor does he forget that there is a thin line between tragedy and comedy."
--Houston Chronicle  Expand reviews