One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

By Ken Kesey

  • Release Date: 1963-02-01
  • Genre: Classics
Score: 4.5
From 541 Ratings
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An international bestseller and the basis for the hugely successful film, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is one of the defining works of the 1960s.

In this classic novel, 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 Nurse Ratched. 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 a sport, soon develops into a grim struggle, an all-out war between two relentless opponents: Nurse Ratched, backed by the full power of authority, and McMurphy, who has only his own indomitable will. What happens when Nurse Ratched uses her ultimate weapon against McMurphy provides the story’s shocking climax.



“Mr. Kesey has created a world that is convincing, alive and glowing within its own boundaries...His is a large, robust talent, and he has written a large, robust book.”—Saturday Review


  • One flew Over the Cuckoos Nest

    By Kitty1234 (^-^)
    Beyond Interesting! Believable conversations among 'insane' and mentally challenged patients.📔
  • This book was ok

    By Caaaaptttaiinn crazyyyyyyy!!!
    McMurphy dies in the end he gets strangled by the chief after he gets a lobotomy.
  • Great Novel

    By danielleee14
    This was assigned as my summer reading, and I have to admit this was the best summer reading novel I have EVER been assigned. It kept me engaged whilst having an amazing plot. Powerful and enthralling; I will add this to my favorites list for sure!
  • I’m Tired

    By Sean Dahlgren
    The “I’m Tired” passage is the best part of any book that I have ever read. I can’t even describe it
  • Intense tale explores sexuality, abuse, and violence

    By Holabacho
    This interesting novel explores the power abuse has on individuals. While it is an important book for people to read, children will be traumatizing(due to extreme and vulgar language, explicit sexual activity, and graphic abuse)
  • One flew flee over the cuckoos nest

    By Z Younk
    This books is not only a page-turner, fantastically written but it has enough rich symbolism and subtext to keep you thinking long after you close it. A poignant look at society's hang ups and individuality stifling praxis, One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest speaks to every member of the counterculture for which it was intended and provides a sobering look at the true nature of asylums. Ratched is as actually manipulative and done erring as she thinks McMurphy is, and the toe create a chemistry and rivalry like none I've ever seen in modern literature. Not to mention RP McMurphy is the only literary character who's personae transitions from page to screen completely flawlessly. Bromden's visions also evoke a kind of analytical reaction and immersive imagery that must be read a few times to fully be appreciated.
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    By Mack&Chief
    Chief o.e
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nests

    By *goodgirl*
    I have always wanted to read this book, don't know what took me so long to do it! Completely captivating from page 1. True classic.
  • An excellent read

    By L/m/L
    Classic book. I would suggest reading the book before watching the movie. The book has all the intensity that you only catch glimpses of in the movie.
  • A MUST read :)

    By NomNomNom247
    It's a must read. I had to do an english report on the book and fell in love with all the characters. A wonderful piece of writing :)