Ken Kesey

Ken Kesey was an American novelist, essayist, and countercultural figure. He is best known for his novel 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' and his role in the psychedelic movement of the 1960s.


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  1. 1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Set in a psychiatric hospital in Oregon, the novel is narrated by a half-Native American patient known as Chief Bromden, who pretends to be deaf and mute. The story follows the arrival of a new patient, a boisterous, rebellious man who challenges the oppressive and dehumanizing system of the hospital, particularly the tyrannical Nurse Ratched. The book explores themes of individuality, rebellion, and the misuse of power, ultimately leading to a tragic conclusion.

    The 112th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Sometimes a Great Notion

    This novel is a story about the Stamper family who are independent loggers in the Pacific Northwest. The family is notorious for their stubbornness, refusing to join a union strike, which leads to tension and conflict within their Oregon logging community. The narrative also delves into the complex family dynamics, focusing on two half-brothers and their contentious relationship. The book explores themes of individualism, family loyalty, and the struggle against societal expectations.

    The 1132nd Greatest Book of All Time