Monday, April 15, 2013
Book 95: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (Audiobook)
Okay, first, I'd like to say (as a health advocate) that I am very happy that we've moved past electroshock therapy and lobotomies as appropriate forms of mental health treatment.
Now that I've said that, here's the lowdown: Ken Kesey is a master. Several times, I was blown away by his ability to use Chief Bromden as a medium through which to communicate all of the back-room meeting conversations and to bring us up to speed on the patients. I literally stopped the audiobook and sat back to reflect on how beautifully he crafted this book.
Tom Parker's voice is audibly clad in red, white, and blue; it's so American. I loved his voice and his style and the way he was able to bring the characters to life. And believe it or not (for all of us who have seen Jack Nicholson in the movie version) the similarities between Parker's voice and Nicholson's are uncanny. I kept thinking that no one could have played R.P. McMurphy better than Nicholson, it was the most obvious casting placement in history.
All around amazing, and I'm glad I waited until I was in my mid-30's to read this book. It made me appreciate my freedom - and that which was surrendered by the characters within this book - all the more.