Written by Ken Kesey
- Audio book performed by Tom Parker - Unabridged Fiction - 1 MP3 COMPACT DISC
- 10.5 hours
Publisher, Blackstone Audiobooks (December 1998)
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The printed version of this title was selected by The New York Review of Books' "Reader's Catalog" as one of the 40,000+ Best Books in Print!
“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
“You feel this book along your spine.” —Kansas City Star
“Is it a tale of good versus evil, sanity over insanity, or humankind trying to overcome repression amid chaos? Whichever, it is a great read.” —Library Journal
In this classic 1960s novel, Ken Kesey's hero is Randle Patrick McMurphy. You’ve never met anyone like Randle Patrick McMurphy. He’s a boisterous, brawling, fun-loving rebel who swaggers into the ward of a mental hospital and takes over. He’s a lusty, profane, life-loving fighter who rallies the other patients around him by challenging the dictatorship of Big Nurse. He promotes gambling in the ward, smuggles in wine and women, and at every turn, openly defies her rule.
The contest starts as sport, with McMurphy taking bets on the outcome, but soon it develops into a grim struggle for the minds and hearts of the men, an all-out war between two relentless opponents: Big Nurse, backed by the full power of authority, and McMurphy, who has only his own indomitable will. What happens when Big Nurse uses her ultimate weapon against McMurphy provides the story’s shocking climax.
About the Author: Ken Kesey (1935-2002) was born in Colorado and grew up in Oregon. As a young man he exhibited the charisma and imagination that would later make him an icon and one of the founders of the American counterculture. He received a scholarship to attend Stanford University, where he enrolled in the creative writing program. His first book, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, was followed by Sometimes a Great Notion. His bus trip from California to New York City with his friends, who called themselves the Merry Pranksters, became the subject of Tom Wolfe’s book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.