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If you’ve ever watched the famous film before reading the original material, I guess you’ll have a hard time changing McMurphy’s appearance and think of Jack Nicholson’s performance as you read through the pages of the novel. I considered myself lucky for reading the novel before I get to watch the highly acclaimed movie. Although the experience is the same -for I am aware of the movie and saw a few clips about it doesn’t offer much consolation on removing Mr. Nicholson’s image as of the protagonist. He has this outstanding performance as if the character is based on what he can do. But I didn’t go over as to wish being born at the time of the novels’ publication.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a wicked parable that is set in a mental ward. The novel starts to run as it chronicles the collision between its troublesome, happy-go-lucky and brusque protagonist, Randle Patrick McMurphy and gruesome and menacingly evil (at least for what the patients describe her as such) Nurse Ratched. The novel is narrated by someone (I would not spoil it for you) and not by the novel’s protagonist. Although what mainly occurs is generally focused on McMurphy. At times I find narrator contemptible sometimes annoying for all of his/her actions but wins my affections as I neared the end. Mr. McMurphy’s admission on the mental institute is highly doubted by doctors, thinking the man is sane and continues to brush with the law, much preferred to be committed in a mental asylum than force to work with hard labor.

McMurphy’s actions continuously challenge the nurse’s policy within the ward. Turning the nurse’s rule that makes an opposition in things he wants to happen into a wild and crazy rebellion which always results to a shattering result. Of course, the latter was just performing her duties and what would a sane person opposed as to what is to be implemented? And not to mention the things to be implemented for are for the good of the patients. It also explores confusion on things what to be raise without anyone being harmed, but in doing this the success is doubtable. Yes, the characters are a bunch of lunatics and it’s somehow hard to believe what they see and tell. The narrator is one of them of course, what happened in what he/she sees in his/her eyes might be influenced by prejudiced in life. What takes place might be one of the products of his/her playful imagination. What happened maybe does not really happen at all. But it’s just a maybe.

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest established itself as a modern classic after its publication. The author carefully illustrates things far beyond someone’s control. We humans act upon something raised on us, whether to protect ourselves or to protect our attacker. And who knows, maybe he’s not really attacking. Oh well, it’s like an individual versus an establishment. McMurphy’s fate is what might just be the fate for people who opposes on something implemented, and the narrator with the entire ruckus around him/her at least act’s on something he/she thinks is the right thing to do. The novel deserves my highest recommendation.

The novel is an international bestseller in the 60’s nd is turned into a highly successful film in 1975. The film also gathers a huge amount of praises and winning awards both for its actors and actresses performances.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is also listed as one of the 1001 List of Books You Must Read before You Die.

Let me share some of my favorite scenes from the movie. ^_^