A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of a counterculture classic, and the inspiration for the new Netflix original series Ratched, with a foreword by Chuck Palahniuk
Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Now in a new deluxe edition with a foreword by Chuck Palahniuk and cover by Joe Sacco, here is the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially the tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her. We see the struggle 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.
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Ken Kesey’s modern classic—the inspiration for the 1975 movie starring a magnetic Jack Nicholson—is a wild ride that careens from laughter to tragedy and bursts with memorable characters and surrealistic imagery. Hot-tempered gambler Randle Patrick McMurphy cons his way into a mental hospital to avoid a jail sentence, and finds a powerful adversary in the cold, controlling nurse who rules the ward. The two characters’ bickering escalates into a high-stakes war of authority versus autonomy for McMurphy and his fellow patients. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest remains a visionary counterculture classic that’s lost none of its impact.