Monday, November 19, 2012

#* One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest


  • Veröffentlicht am: 1962
  • Anzahl der Produkte: 1
  • Einband: Gebundene Ausgabe


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5Do you see where you live?
Von Ein Kunde
What is the world you see when you read this book? It may not be real, but that doesn't make it any less true. Here is a place where feelings become sensations and overpower the "real world". On the face of it, the action takes place in a lunatic asylum. It could just as well be our world. It's populated by a lot of characters that feel more sane than the keepers of the place. The maker of all the rules - the Big Nurse - is the scariest of all, in her confidence that this is entirely her world, run as she likes. Enter Randall Patrick Macmurphy. Rules? What rules? They don't exist as far as he's concerned. This world is just another to be moulded to his liking. Within a minute of his entry, he's run up against the Nurse. Every inmate sees something new about life- it's possible not to follow someone else's rules and live to tell the tale. The Nurse's world cracks up, bit by bit. R.P.Mcmurphy too realizes the extent to which it's possible to fall into the games life creates. This is one character you'll remember forever - and the lesson he preaches. All the inmates - you included - learn that the game is a game only as long as you know you're playing it. Get caught up and you're just a token on the board. Ken Kesey talks through Chief Bromden - an indian who plays at being deaf and dumb in an effort to run from the game. Grammar is an easy prey to the Chief's onrushing thoughts as he struggles to keep up with the speed of events around him. The prose sparkles with electricity as he "sees" his feelings and expresses them as events. Hostility in the air becomes a chill, and the sensation of death is falling into a furnace. This is a book that reads like walking through a "hall of crazy mirrors". You look back on yourself and don't know whether to laugh or cry.

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1Can't Get on the Bandwagon -- Sorry!
Von Koli Mitra
This is a modern masterpiece, or so I've heard, many times, from various sources. So I gave it EVERY CHANCE in the world. But I have to be honest, I found it an utterly shallow raving about how the "modern matriarchy" [whatever that is] has "cut off men's balls". I read a bunch of reviews that hail this book as subtle and insightful and say that it really challenged stereotypes and drew characters fully and sympathetically. I thought it was quite the opposite. The characters were flat, two-dimensional, and predictable. The rambunctious, "life-loving" hearty male. The repressive, bureaucratic older woman emasculating the poor men in her charge. The sympathies were clear. The "good" characters, even when they raped teenage girls, were simply expressing their zest for life. The bad character was so bad that no one could even "get it up for her".

The only thing "new" was the recognition that the mentally ill were human beings worthy of basic dignity. I'm not even sure that that view was (in 1962) quite as radical as everyone is making it out to be. It was more like a mid-century trend to reconceive deviance.

And please, those of you snapping up to write a knee-jerk response chiding me for "political correctness", desist! All I am saying is that I doubt an author purporting to expose stereotypes serves his work well by resorting to yet more stereotypes with such gusto. Kesey could have made the UNSYMPATHETIC characters more human.

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Von Jessica B.
This is a wonderfully engaging novel told from the perspectiveof a mental patient. Read it!

Now on to the subject I wanted totalk about. There is a customer review by a 6 year old girl (from 1997) telling the story in her own words. I would like to inform anyone who cares that the events the little girl spoke of were not true to the book. They were scenes from the movie with Jack Nicholson. The movie and the book are very similar, but there are very huge differences, one being the fishing trip. The "little girl" told the movie version. In the book version, the patients have permission to go on the trip, and Doctor Spivey accompanies them on the trip...This really is a wonderful novel and I hope everyone will read it AND see the movie to see the differences. The movie is classic, so if you really don't want to read the book, see the movie, but don't play it off like you read the book.

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#* One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest Reviewed by Lek on Monday, November 19, 2012 Rating: 4.5


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