One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Author:Ken Kesey Tired of weeding peas at a penal farm, the tough, freewheeling McMurphy feigns insanity for a chance at the softer life of a mental institution. But he gets more than he's bargained for, much more. He is committed to the care of Big Nurse -- a full-breasted, stiff-gaited tyrant who rules over her charges with chllling authority. — Her ward is a... more » citadel of discipline. Strong-arm orderlies stand ready to quell even the feeblest insurrection. Her patients long ago gave up the struggle to assert themselves. Cowed, docile, they have surrendered completely to her unbridled authority.
Now, into the ranks charges McMurphy. The gambling Irishman sees at once what Big Nurse's game is. Appalled by the timidity of his fellow patients, he begins his one-man campaign to render her powerless. First in fun, and then in dire earnestness, he sets out to create havoc on her well-run ward ... to make the gray halls ring with laughter, and anger, and life.« less