One flew over the Cuckoo’s nest by Ken Kesey

One flew over the cuckoo’s nest

Ken Kessey

An interesting read. A must-read!

As I was sitting down thinking back what about this book impressed me, I was momentarily lost. I couldn’t quite place it.. What actually did impress me?? And then it came to me. The characters – each and every character in this book captures your attention.

And as has been the case with me of late, I failed to read a masterpiece for such a long time (failed to watch the movie as well)

The book deals with a bunch of people in an asylum for the mentally challenged people. The protagonist is one Randle Patrick “Mac” McMurphy and he steals the show right from the minute he steps into the arena. The way he takes on the Big Nurse aka Nurse Ratched is just so heart-warming, and at the same time, hilarious. There were a lot of instances when I just had to put the book down and wipe away my tears (pure mirth, I tell you!!).

Now this book, it tells you how not everyone who is in a mental asylum is actually mentally ill. They are probably just as sane as you and me, with perhaps a different point of view on different things in this world that we share. And the kind of treatment that was meted out to such people! I was really shocked reading it!

But it is heartening to watch how single-handedly a man can bring hope and joy into the hearts (and the minds) of people who seem to be utterly lost otherwise, just by his laughter and his wit!

There is never a dull moment in this book. Be it Mac or the Chief or Harding or Billy.. all of them have a role to play in the various scenes that unfold in the book.. And the ending is perfect as well.

So people, if you have not yet read it, please do it soon. For those of you who have read it and are yet to watch the movie, do rent a DVD and watch it soon. It will certainly be a treat to watch Jack Nicholson play the role of Mac!

Favourites from the book:

Line– “Man, when you lose your laugh, you lose your footing!”

Character– Mac, all the way!

(The chief also needs a mention)

Takeaways– Laughter is the best medicine!

Laughter - the best medicine!
Laughter – the best medicine!

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