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