Cuckoo’s Nest Criticism

If you would like to read criticism of Kesey’s novel try this essay by Ian Currie at Here’s a snippet:

Cuckoo’s Nest captured the fear and uncertainty of a postwar generation who came of age with the still-new and very real possibility of total nuclear destruction. Dissatisfied with the easy answers and assurances of their parents’ generation, people began to explore for themselves new ways of coping with a rapidly changing world. The result was a culture of rebellion in the form of social protest, usually aided and abetted by the use of hallucinogenic drugs. Kesey’s novel, like many others written between the mid-1950s and the mid-1970s, is a chronicle of that exploration of new possibilities. In the years since the publication of Cuckoo’s Nest, new readers of the novel are not only further away in time from that era, they are also shaped by modern sensibilities about culture (especially music and literature) that were born in the 1960s. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest has endured because under these influences and through the passage of time, reading the novel has become a much more complicated task.

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