One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a bracing, insightful novel about the value of self-reliance and the meaning of madness. Boisterous and ultimately shattering, this classic has left a permanent mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional concepts of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the haunting story of a mental ward and its dwellers. A glittering story of good and evil, this powerful book has sold millions of copies and remains as brisk today as when it was first released.

“A work of genuine literary merit...What Mr. Kesey has done in his unusual novel is to transform the plight of a ward of inmates in a mental hospital into a glittering parable of good and evil.”

The New York Times Book Review

“[A] brilliant first novel...a strong, warm story about the nature of human good and evil...Keysey has made his book a roar of protest against middlebrow society's Rules and the invisible Rulers who enforce them.”


“The final triumph of these men at the cost of a terrifying sacrifice should send chills down any reader's back....This novel's scenes have the liveliness of a motion picture.”

The Washington Post

“An outstanding book...[Kesey's] characters are original and real....This is a tirade against the increasing controls over man and his mind, yet the author never gets on a soap box. Nor does he forget that there is a thin line between tragedy and comedy.”

Houston Chronicle