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One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest Not too many books take you into the world of mental illness One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey does It is told through the eyes of a mental patient named Chief Bromden He is a northwest Indian who is disturbed with hallucinations about machines taking over the world he knows The mental hospital is in Oregon which is run by Nurse Ratched who has machine like control of everyone and everything in the ward The only hint of her humanity is the fact that she possesses very large breasts which she keeps tucked away under her neat-as-a-pin white uniform The Chief has been there longer than anyone except for Nurse Ratched He uses this to his advantage by making the other people in the ward think he is deaf and dumb Life in the ward is quiet until a new patient is admitted His name is Randle P McMurphy and he is a redheaded brute who smells of sweat work dirt and dust He starts in by disrupting everything familiar in the ward the silence the admitting showers and the way the black boys bully the patients around He quickly makes friends with everyone including the Chronics who are vegetable like patients McMurphy is a gambling man who insist that he wanted to come to the ward for an easier life than the one he had at work camp where he previously stayed One of his first bets with the other patients is to make Ratched lose control of the ward McMurphy leads the patients through numerous confrontations with the staff He soon learns he cant leave the hospital without Ratcheds approval so he begins to obey her rules By raising hopes he hasnt fulfilled he leaves the patients worse off than before One patient named Cheswick becomes so depressed he drowns himself McMurphy plans a fishing trip for the ward and talks
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