One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey || Book Review

All cards on the table, I haven’t seen this movie yet.

The shame! The horror!

I try to refrain from watching a movie or series adaptation until after I’ve read the books, but sometimes things happen by chance and I don’t realise until after I’m done watching that there’s yet another book waiting to be read by me.

This book was so thought-provoking and sometimes made me squirm in my seat from discomfort, but it’s so worth the read!

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Challenge prompt: The letter O in the A-Z Book Challenge 2022
Originally published: 1962

Pages: 320
Format: Paperback

Plot from GoodReads:

Tyrannical Nurse Ratched rules her ward in an Oregon State mental hospital with a strict and unbending routine, unopposed by her patients, who remain cowed by mind-numbing medication and the threat of electroshock therapy. But her regime is disrupted by the arrival of McMurphy – the swaggering, fun-loving trickster with a devilish grin who resolves to oppose her rules on behalf of his fellow inmates. His struggle is seen through the eyes of Chief Bromden, a seemingly mute half-Indian patient who understands McMurphy’s heroic attempt to do battle with the powers that keep them imprisoned. 


The plot holds a lot of levels of chaos and order, and it’s cleverly written and set within the walls of a psychiatric institution.

The tension between McMurphy and Nurse Ratched is felt throughout the book as the two clash in power battles.

McMurphy is such an interesting character and it was good to see him “stick it to the man” – you know what I mean – and start his own mini revolutions within the walls of his confinement.

There’s no doubt about it – Nurse Ratched is evil in human form and one of those villains that gave me chills.

One of the messages in the book that stood out the most to me was the rights of human beings to have an individual identity. How society works to put the mentality of its members down to a level of conformity and destroy those who are original and unique in their own way.

There’s definitely some direct and indirect focus on the problems in health care when it comes to the care of mentally ill people and how the “system” treats them.


This book has a mix shock, heartbreak, disturbing realisations and powerful underlying messages. The book left me both shocked and amazed. It’s great to find books worthy of deeper explorations.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 4.20 on GoodReads. I gave it a 5.

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