Book: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Author: Ken Kesey
This is my 28th read for the year
This is the story of Randle McMurphy who is sent to a state mental institution from the jail to be evaluated. He takes over his area of the hospital and encouraged the other patients to challenge the head nurse - Nurse Ratched. Openly defying the rules and even leaving the hospital with a group of patients on a day outing fishing trip, he battles Nurse Ratched and the doctors on a daily basis for control.
This was a weird book. And it was okay. I ended up watching the movie after I finished it just to kind of piece it all together, and that helped. At first I thought the Native American patient was the main character because he has so many lines in the book. But in the movie - that isn't true. Probably because McMurphy is played by Jack Nicholson. It is a bit of a disjointed book and the first half was slow. It does pick up in the second half as the "battle" between Nurse Ratched and McMurphy comes to a head. The rambling and dark undertones are what decreased the rating for me.