Before I start today’s post, I’ll openly admit I’m totally copying this idea from The Good Greatsby. And I like it so much, I think I’ll make a reocurring series of posts from it. I’m sure my version won’t be near as funny and insightful, but I’ll give it a try.
Here’s the deal. The cool thing about having a blog on WordPress is that you see all of the search terms that people plug into Google, Yahoo, etc to find your blog. About one-third of my daily blog traffic comes from search engines, so I always see some wacky and random questions and weird search terms pop up.
So I’ll attempt to answer these questions–in all of their unedited glory–to the best of my ability. These are actual search terms that found my blog. Let’s begin.
I’ve never been in prison or an insane asylum. But, for some reason, I’ve always had a strange interest in both.
Whenever I flip by a documentary about either, or whenever I hear about a great movie about either, I have to stop and watch. Shawshank Redemption, Shutter Island, these types of movies fascinate me.
So to say that I was excited to read One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest is an understatement. The novel, written by Ken Kesey, is set in an insane asylum in Oregon and focuses on a power struggle between a “patient” and the head nurse.
It’s hard to talk about One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest–the novel–without also mentioning the movie.
After all, the 1975 film starring Jack Nicholson won 5 Academy Awards and is considered to be one of the greatest American films of all time. Though I haven’t watched the movie, it certainly looks really good now that I am reading through the novel.
What perfect casting with Jack Nicholson as McMurphy. As I read the novel, I can totally hear Jack Nicholson saying many of McMurphy’s lines. And how about this movie trailer for One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest?
Talk about old-school. Movie trailers have come a long way since then. But even though it’s a little long and dialogue heavy, it gives you a good sense of the film.
Does the movie live up to the Academy Awards hype?
Interesting thing about One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest: the narrator is crazy, as in he lives in an asylum. Perhaps that would qualify?
Not only that, but Chief Broom is labeled as a “chronic,” which means he’ll be there the rest of his life, unlike the “acutes” who still have hope for rehabilitation. So he’s on the wrong side of the “crazy spectrum.”
This poses a problem. To this point in the book, the narrator seems actually calm, balanced, and quite sane. But, all along, I’m thinking–remember, this guy has lived in an asylum for decades…can you really believe what he says?
A novel about an insane asylum? This should be good.
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest might be better known as a movie, starring Jack Nicholson, than a novel. But as all book-lovers know, 90% of movies would never exist without books.
And this is supposed to be a special book. The story centers on the treatment of patients in an Oregon asylum, ran by a tyrannical nurse and her three underlings. The nurse’s power is tested when a new patient comes to the asylum and shakes things up.
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