One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962) written by Ken Kesey. Set in an asylum, the narrative serves as a study of the institutional process, from commenting on society and culture of when the novel was written. While an intense description of the human mind, in terms of mental disorder. Observations of how patients cope with the disorders are well written, in comparison to how those looking after them also treat them. The rebellious, much-loved character Randle Patrick McMurphy, struggles against the oppression and restrictions that are placed upon the patients who are limited not only in their own ability, but their environment. This is a truly inspiring, heart warming novel and the films not too shabby either!
James Baldwin’s Another Country tells the stories of artists, mainly in New York, struggling to love and be loved while coping with the complexities of racism, sexism, and homophobia. James Baldwin divided the novel into three parts. This dramatic novel, can give an insight to what the reader wouldn’t normally expect! A great novel based around the jazz scene gives an amazing insight backstage to the highs, lows of being a musician.
On the Road
Jack kerouac’s On the Road tells the story of two main characters; one is the of the narrator, Salvatore “Sal” Paradise and his new friend Dean Moriarty, much admired for his care-free attitude and sense for adventure, a free-spirited maverick eager to explore all kicks, and an inspiration and catalyst for Sal’s travels. Dean soon captures the readers heart with his free spirit which is grounded by the ever so cautious Sal, a lovely duo that work together well, their relationship grows as their journey of traveling does too! The narrative takes place in the years 1947 to 1950, and is full of Americana and indicates a specific era in jazz history, as Sal is a musician, it follows the realms of the beat generation and movement. A great carefree read, with depth, truly a page turner!