Wednesday, January 18, 2012

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

First sentence: "They're out there."

Quote #1: "While McMurphy laughs. Rocking farther and farther backward against the cabin top, spreading his laugh out across the water - laughing at the girl, at the guys, at George, at me sucking on my bleeding thumb, at the captain back at the pier and the bicycle rider and the service-station guys and the five thousand houses and the Big Nurse and all of it. Because he knows you have to laugh at the things that hurt you just to keep yourself in balance, just to keep the world from running you plumb crazy. He knows there's a painful side; he knows my thumb smarts and his girl friend has a bruised breast and the doctor is losing his glasses, but he won't let the pain blot out the humor no more'n he'll let the humor blot out the pain."

Quote #2: "Then - as he was talking - a set of tail-lights going past lit up McMurphy's face, and the windshield reflected an expression that was allowed only because he figured it'd be too dark for anybody in the car to see, dreadfully tired and strained and frantic, like there wasn't enough time left for something he had to do..."

Quote #3: "Medicate me men and turn me loose again."

Last sentence: "I been away a long time."

I don't want these posts to include much more than those features, but I have to say I'm glad I finally read this book. My dad's bookshelves have been something I wanted to familiarize myself with. I've alphabetized and categorized his books for him and dusted them, memorized the names of writers and novels and anthologies. This was a book (not this fancy Penguin edition) he had on those shelves that I always wanted to read. I watched the movie when I was in middle school and absolutely loved the characters - Martini and Cheswick were my favorites. This book is amazing. If you've read it, I'd love to know your favorite parts/quotes/whatever.

Next up: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


  1. I have not read it! Though I do intend on catching up on some classic reads once I find the time :)
    I HAVE HOWEVER read the Hunger Games and can't wait to see what quotes you pull from the book ;)


  2. I LOVE the movie, but I haven't read the book yet. I'll have to check it out!

  3. I haven't read the book, but I'm a fan of the movie. :D I like these posts...