Reviews for One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
Library Journal Reviews 1998 April
This excellent version of Kesey's classic novel does not supplement the fine Recorded Books edition (Audio Reviews, LJ 2/1/93). However, this Blackstone version is a worthy companion, based on the reading skills of narrator Tom Parker. Parker does an exceptional job of bringing to life the characters of Randall Patrick McMurphy, Big Nurse Ratched, Chief Broom, and the others occupying the Oregon mental hospital. He is especially good with Chief Broom, the story's narrator, presenting the chief's state of mind in seeing dark forces behind the nurse's actions plus the changes he undergoes through McMurphy's rebellious, fun-loving nature. Parker's skills and the continuing popularity of this work make this version a required purchase for all collections, even those libraries that have the earlier edition.?Stephen L. Hupp, Univ. of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, PA Copyright 1998 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal Reviews 2008 January #1
Ken Kesey's One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest is an iconic 1960s novel exploring themes of individual freedom and institutional power. Narrated by the Chief, a patient in a mental hospital, Kesey's disturbing and brutal look at the insidious nature of control tells the story of Randle McMurphy, a sane man transferred to the mental hospital from a prison work farm. McMurphy antagonizes the controlling Nurse Ratched, threatening her position and sense of order. The 1975 film, starring Jack Nicholson, won all five major Oscars. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.