Ken Kesey – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Audiobook

Ken Kesey – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Audiobook

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Audiobook – By Ken Kesey
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This great human adventure (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) is told to us by a patient in a psychiatric hospital, who reveals the shameful secrets of this frightening place, where the head nurse reigns as a tyrant. Very strict on the routine that she says to institute for the good of the patients, she does not tolerate any misconduct without sanctioning it by electroshock or, worse, lobotomies which make these patients vegetables. This way of regulating any barely deviant attitude kills in the bud any desire not to satisfy it. And as she encourages denunciation, it is a long time since no laughter has reasoned within the service …

 

And then comes McMurphy, a provocative convict who wants to pass himself off as crazy in order to escape the prison farm. After the time of his sentence, he plans to be recognized as fit to resume his life as a free man. His laughter therefore echoes in the dark corridors of the asylum, which disturb the head nurse. She is determined to watch him or make him leave, but Mac decides otherwise: The asylum policy frightens him, he becomes attached to the other patients and tries to understand why they stay there while they are not crazy in the clinical sense of the word, just a little unsuited to life outdoors. He then takes it into his head to bring them back to life; Why are they afraid to laugh at his harmless jokes or never joke? If he took it into his head to find out and remedy it, it will unfortunately be at his own risk…

 

*****

 

As incredible as it may seem, I only knew this great classic from 1962 by name , without ever having wanted to interest me or know what he was talking about. After having spotted it in a tag and then finally read it, it seems unthinkable to me to miss this little gem which denounces the psychiatric treatment methods of the time.

 

From the start of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest we enter the heart of the establishment thanks to the story of one of the patients, and also thanks to the experience of the author who had himself volunteered for an experimental program. drug-based in a mental hospital. But contrary to what I feared, if the atmosphere is sometimes strange, it is never depressing thanks to the character of Mac Murphy, nor violent thanks to the fact that the narrator perceives most of the unpleasant things under the fog of the seals (The the novel’s first title was “La machine à brouillard”), which blurs reality and with it the description of many things that we can only suppose … This chiaroscuro in fact, and this permanent hope in the ambient despair, are the two major assets of the author which have contributed to making me love this novel very much.

 

But there’s also the gallery of tasty characters taken individually and, even more so, that emulation that we as a reader feel whenever the collective manages to gain ground over the individual. Our heart swells with each smile, each victory over gloom and carelessness, each regaining control of its destiny, each gesture towards others that patients learn to make in contact with the rebellious element: Comrade McMurphy. Under his false air of rascal hides the true heart of a vigilante working for the general interest in disregard of what can happen to his person… Which risks costing him dearly. Are the people for whom he continues his act worth it, will they be worthy of his sacrifices, or will his efforts be in vain and will they fall like a breath as soon as he passes the baton …?

 

To find out, I recommend the La Cosmopolite edition from STOCK: Because in addition to being very readable and pleasant to hold, it includes unpublished drawings of patients in the department by the author, scattered over the pages. As for me, I just have to see the film with Jack Nicholson, even if I fear that it is more creepy than the book …

 

 

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