So last week I headed down the path of mental illness with Slyvia Plath's The Bell Jar. I decided I would head a little further down that path and started One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey.
For those of you who haven't read or heard of the book or seen then the movie, this book is about the residents of a mental health facility. The residents in the ward have a fairly structured existence ruled by the iron-fist of Nurse Ratched. Of course, this is only the case until a new patient by the name of Randle Patrick McMurphy arrives. McMurphy is a big, brawling, drinking, gambling trouble maker. Almost as soon as he arrives, McMurphy sets about shaking things up and declares war against the domineering Nurse Ratched.
This book took me much longer than I anticipated to finish, though I'm not sure why. It's a good story, very funny in many places. It's compelling as well, I spent most of the book wondering if McMurphy is really crazy. They hint at the fact that he may be faking it to get out of working but that begs the question. If you'd rather be locked up than go to work, isn't that a little crazy? Sometimes I thought McMurphy was a psychopath and other times, I thought he was just an asshole. In fact, by the end of the book you start questioning whether the rest of the inmates are really crazy or just misunderstood, especially the supposedly mute narrator. Maybe I was just drinking the kool-aid.
I did feel a little bad for Nurse Ratched. I know she's supposed to be a massive dictator but I saw her a woman just trying to do her job. She's just trying to keep order and keep everything under control, something that is rather important for someone in her position.
Overall, it was a fun read and I rather enjoyed it. I've never seen the movie, with Jack Nicholson, and I was lucky enough that Netflix has it available to watch instantly, so I am watching it as I type before I move on from the crazies for awhile.
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