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Gøgereden (1962)

af Ken Kesey

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Roman om et amerikansk sindssygehospital.
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    A clockwork orange af Anthony Burgess (lucyknows)
    lucyknows: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey may be paired with A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess or The Outsider by Albert Camus. All three novels explore the them of society versus the individual.
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    Anstalt og menneske af Erving Goffman (BeeQuiet)
    BeeQuiet: When reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest there were two books that immediately sprung to mind, both non-fiction and the latter of which I'll post above. I think anyone captivated by the relations in this book, particularly the way in which the inmates are made to perceive themselves will get a huge amount from this book. It's wonderful, and Goffman has a very lucid, accessible way of writing, which certainly helps.… (mere)
  3. 51
    Screw, a guard's view of Bridgewater State Hospital af Tom Ryan (fundevogel)
    fundevogel: A first hand account of the physical and psychological abuse of inmates at the Bridgewater Prison Hospital.
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    Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason af Michel Foucault (BeeQuiet)
    BeeQuiet: Furthering on my Goffman recommendation, Foucault here details what he sees as being the movement from "treatment" of the mentally ill through more violent means through to what is described in Kesey's book as "infinitely more human methods". What is shown through Foucault's work is that whilst leaving no physical marks, turning man against man and reducing one's sense of self can be seen as even worse.… (mere)
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    Cool Hand Luke: A Novel af Donn Pearce (slickdpdx)
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    The Devil in Silver af Victor LaValle (slickdpdx)
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    Junkie af William S. Burroughs (melancholy)
  8. 10
    Mestrenes morgenmad eller Farvel blå mandag af Kurt Vonnegut (sturlington)
  9. 32
    Forbandede ungdom af J. D. Salinger (mcenroeucsb)
    mcenroeucsb: Books with Delusional/Enlightened Outcast protagonists
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    En god dag at dø af Thomas Berger (mcenroeucsb)
    mcenroeucsb: Books with Delusional/Enlightened Outcast protagonists
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    Kvinde ved tidens rand af Marge Piercy (AriadneAranea)
    AriadneAranea: Another chilling account of life in a US mental hospital - with a science fiction twist and a feminist angle.
  12. 32
    Manden der forvekslede sin kone med en hat af Oliver Sacks (lucyknows)
    lucyknows: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey may be paired with The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks or even Awakenings by the same author. All three books explore the idea that once a person becomes ill or is institutionalised, they lose their rights and privileges.… (mere)
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    En fortælling om blindhed af José Saramago (st_bruno)
    st_bruno: per alienazione negli ospedali psichiatrici. Condizione umana
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    Fjolsernes forbund af John Kennedy Toole (mcenroeucsb)
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    The Shawshank Redemption [1994 film] af Frank Darabont (lucyknows)
    lucyknows: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest can be paired with Frank Darabont's film The Shawshank Redemption based on Stephen King's short storyRita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. Could also be paired with Dead Poet's society as well.
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It's easy to see why this classic endures. Kesey makes the reader feel he is right in the room with McMurphy and the other patients giving Nurse Ratched hell. ( )
  boldforbs | Jan 15, 2021 |
control v. control ( )
  stravinsky | Jan 1, 2021 |
This was a disturbing book. It was a good book, well-written. I have no idea how accurate this book is on the portrayals of mental hospitals in the 1960's, but I have a feeling it probably hits close to home in several areas. And that is what is most disturbing. When I read it, I felt like "this could really happen" at least in that place, at that time. But that's also why the book was good. I liked the idea of the Chief being the narrator and how he describes things in such detail, even though some of what he says had to be "all in his head". It all seems realistic and true. Even with Santa Claus (though he's not named as such) showing up one Christmas Eve and being admitted for several years because he was obviously crazy. The idea of "The Combine" is spot on as far as I'm concerned.

The next step for me will be watching the movie. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
I first read this as a teenager and I remember enjoying it then, possibly because it felt a bit like something I shouldn't be reading at the time. Re-reading it recently, however, I was a lot less impressed. It felt very much like something written by a white American man in the middle of the twentieth century. I don't just mean the blatant racism and sexism (although that's definitely an issue)—this is a mantasy about men regaining (or retaining) their masculinity (defined as gambling and whoring and fighting) in the face of a society wants to reduce them to "less" than that.

I understand that the characters in the book idolise McMurphy; I am surprised that a lot of readers find him equally enticing. I think that's often the issue with these kinds of books. There is an interesting message being offered by the author (here, I would think that it suggests that McMurphy's form of masculinity is just as doomed and ineffective as the anxious and—literally—incontinent masculinity of the other patients) but the reader focuses instead on the vicarious glee of having Woman (because, ultimately, that is exactly who Nurse Ratched represents) stripped and assaulted and rendered voiceless.
  Tara_Calaby | Dec 9, 2020 |
When larger-than-life R.P. McMurphy arrives in a mental asylum in the classic novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the other patients suddenly take an interest in life. One of them describes himself and the others as “rabbits.” But McMurphy is far from a rabbit. He’s willing to stand up to the feared Nurse Ratched and try to improve the lives of the men on her floor. At first overtly, then in more insidious ways, he finds ways to thwart her at every turn. But Nurse Ratched has been in the business a long time and she knows how to deal with free-thinkers like McMurphy.

Ugh. This book. There was so much meat to dig into and at the same time it is not aging well. Not aging well at all. I apologize in advance for the length of this review essay. I’ve tried to cut it down but I have a lot to say.

The bad:
Oh my gosh. Can you say stereotypes, racism, and misogyny? Because this book is full of all of it. The attendants on the ward are all Black men–one of them even seems fairly old–but they’re always referred to as “the black boys.” They had different names but they were each occasionally called “Sam,” which I can only assume is short for “Sambo.” They’re stupid, selfish, cruel, and lazy, and the author makes absolutely no attempt to differentiate between them.

And then there were the women. The female characters other than Nurse Ratched had minor roles but the attitude of every man in the book seemed to be that anything that was wrong with a woman could be fixed with a good f**k, whether she wanted it or not. Yup, you read that right. They’re basically advocating rape. Of the seven female characters I recall, all of them except for one are defined in terms of sex (prostitutes, big breasts, unfaithful wife, etc.) The inmates call the one fairly normal woman a “Jap” and she says that unmarried women shouldn’t be allowed to work after the age of 35 because they’re too bitter to be in public. Wow! Really?

I tried to step back and decide if there’s a reason for all this stereotyping. Maybe? I guess stereotypes can allow you to make a point fairly quickly without going into a lot of detail? The narrator of the story is Bromden, AKA “Chief Broom,” the son of a Native American father and a White mother. He’s been on the receiving end of a lot of racism himself. As a child, he had White people stand in front of him and discuss how filthy and disgusting his “hovel” of a home was as if he wasn’t even there. One of the defining events of his life is the day that the government, represented by White men, manipulates his father into selling the tribe’s traditional lands in the name of “progress.” So he knows how damaging all these nasty comments are. Yet he repeats them in his story.

I’ve tried to decide if the men fared much better. If everyone is a stereotype, does that make it okay? I don’t know. But they are kind of stereotypes too. One is a closeted homosexual who is always sitting on his hands so that they don’t flutter around and give him away. The rest are almost interchangeable in that they’re “less than.” There doesn’t seem to be much “wrong” with them. Sure, some are “vegetables” who just take up space and air but the functioning ones are maybe a bit timid or a bit unsure but otherwise they’re just regular men. And yet they find themselves in a mental asylum. And that brings me to:

What I Liked:
How much of what we view as mental illness is actually illness and how much of it is an individual’s failure to fit into the mold that society has cast for him or her? Bromden himself sees the machinery of society around him and he wants no part of it. He refers to society as “The Combine.” Society selects and accepts people who fill their roles well and rejects those who don’t. The Combine has no need for inefficiency or parts that don’t do what they’re built for. The book was originally published in 1962. Here in 2020, we have to say that Kesey has a point. Homosexuality was considered a mental illness when this was written; today we know otherwise so people are free to love as they please. What else have we gotten wrong? I don’t say this to dismiss true mental illness; some people definitely need treatment. But how many people just need a little room or a little grace to be themselves?

And McMurphy. I don’t even know where to start with him. He’s a memorable character for sure. He didn’t want to be incarcerated on a work farm any longer and decided to act insane to get admitted to a mental institution. I couldn’t help but root for him in his disruptive campaign. Yet he’s an antihero at best because he has a statutory rape charge. On the surface, he doesn’t belong in a mental institution. He’s a man’s man, drinking beer, brawling, gambling, and whoring. But Bromden sees flashes of something else underneath the bravado. McMurphy fought in Korea and led a group of soldiers out of an enemy prison. He most likely has PTSD and needs more real help than almost anyone on the unit. Society overlooks the trauma because he hides it so well. But he’s not fitting into his mold either, and we all know The Combine can’t tolerate that.

I wouldn’t recommend reading this just for fun but this would be a great book for conversation. I wish I could discuss it with someone in real life! ( )
  JG_IntrovertedReader | Nov 19, 2020 |
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As a postgraduate student in the writing program at Stanford, Kesey was in on some early LSD experiments at a veterans' hospital, and Chief Broom's subjective vision is full of dislocations and transformations, but Kesey is systematic in fusing Christian mythology with the American myth of the white man and the noble red man fighting against the encroachment of civilization, represented by women. Though in modern society women are as much subject to the processes of mechanized conformity as men (some say more), the inmates of this symbolic hospital are all male, and McMurphy calls them "victims of a matriarchy." There's a long literary tradition behind this man's-man view of women as the castrater-lobotomizers; Kesey updated it, on the theory that comic-strip heroes are the true American mythic heroes, and in terms of public response to the book and to the stage productions of it he proved his point.

The novel is comic-book Freud: the man who achieves his manhood (keeping women under him, happy whores in bed) is the free man—he's the buckaroo with the power of laughter. Leslie Fiedler described Kesey's novel as "the dream once dreamed in the woods, and now redreamed on pot and acid." Kesey's concept of male and female is not so very remote from that in Mailer's writing, though Kesey celebrates keeping the relationships at a mythic comic-strip level, while Mailer, in his foolhardy greatness, delves into his own comic-strip macho.
tilføjet af SnootyBaronet | RedigerNew Yorker, Pauline Kael
 
The world of this brilliant first novel is Inside—inside a mental hospital and inside the blocked minds of its inmates. Sordid sights and sounds abound, but Novelist Kesey has not descended to mere shock treatment or isolation-ward documentary. His book is a strong, warm story about the nature of human good and evil, despite its macabre setting.
tilføjet af Shortride | RedigerTime (Feb 16, 1962)
 
What Mr. Kesey has done in his unusual novel is to transform the plight of a ward of inmates in a mental institution into a glittering parable of good and evil.
 

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