My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“One flew east
One flew west
One flew over the cuckoo’s nest.”
When does a novel becomes a classic? When it’s digested by critics and teachers bit-by-bit. Not when it is adapted to a movie. However, I don’t fully agree with the existing theory of a novel being called a classic. And no, I am not discussing my theory of classic, at least today.
Before reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, I had never really thought about insanity, how it is dealt with, and how it relates to ideas such as freedom and morality. In this classic novel, Ken Kesey with a thought-provoking narrative by the half-white, half-Indian Chief “Broom” Bromden, who is a patient at a cruel and oppressive insane asylum. He pretends to be deaf and dumb, but he sees, and tells the reader, everything. He and his fellow patients are ruled by the iron fist of a harsh nurse who controls them by reminding them of all that is wrong with them. Nobody even considers fighting back until an unusual patient arrives, a cheerful man named McMurphy. His mini-rebellions against Nurse Ratched give the inmates hope that they can defy their oppressor and escape the prison that the hospital has become, despite their disabilities. By stepping up to the position of leader and hero to the patients, McMurphy gives the others hope and courage.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest shows just how crucial one person’s optimism can be. It is a story of struggle, hope, and the faith that an individual can breed in the hearts of man. It is an amazing piece of writing and Kesey words have different impact on each reader, and the topics are intriguing. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in contemplating some controversial and at times uncomfortable issues.