Nurse Ratched's ward in the mental hospital runs like clockwork until Randle Patrick McMurphy is committed. The red-headed gambler incites the patients to disobedience, thus earning the disapprobation of the head nurse. But there are ways to deal with troublemakers. Will McMurphy get the best of Nurse Ratched before she does something drastic to him? Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Kesey's work is the seminal novel of the 1960s that has left an indelible mark on literature. Here is the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially the tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her.