One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
May 1, 2007 1:01am CST
Have you read this book? If you have, what was the most interesting part of it for you?Have you also seen the movie then? If so, how does the story change when Chief Bromden is not the narrator? And are there any books that you recommend related to the genre, or books that you think one might like if they liked "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest"?
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1 May 07
I read this long ago, and I was most struck by the portrait of power and injustice personified by Nurse Ratched, the puns on her name, but also that the power she was given seemed rigged. I guess the escape points at that. It's a counterintuitive move on Kesey's part to make the powerful one a nurse, not formally high in the hierarchy. I thought the movie was not too bad of a rendition, but Nurse R needed someone who could bring more flamboyance and texture to her. Jack Nicholson maybe, ha. Nothing takes the place of Bromden's observations, as far as I remember, just plain white walls. I wonder how Herzog would do this story. Have you read Woman on the Edge of Time? I started it last summer and would like to pick it up again.