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50th Anniversary: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Carolyn Kellogg asks: does the novel stand up alone?
50th Anniversary edition of Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
As Ken Kesey's novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, reaches its fiftieth anniversary, Carolyn Kellogg of the Los Angeles Times asks whether it still stands up: 'So with the new edition making it easy, I wondered if I could read "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" as one might have 50 years ago. I would try to set aside five decades of history and massive cultural shifts, set aside all I casually knew about Kesey and his failure of promise. Since I'd missed it in the curves of my education and never gotten around to reading it as an adult, I might evaluate it on its merits, nothing more. Could it hold up?' [Read More]