One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

The Organisers invite you to join us for our Book Discussion Evening.

Share views and gain new insights into this months book.

....and to vote for our next book from a list of suggestions from our members.

Drinks and socialising in The Bar from 7.30pm for a 8pm Start in the function room upstairs.

If, as a new member, you need help finding us and becoming acquainted with the group please email the organiser.



If anyone has a suggestion for our next book please email the details to the message board at... [masked]  Please include a review of the book with your message or better still, tell us in your own words why we should be reading it. Ideally suggestions should be available in paperback (for affordability) not too long or too short [masked] pages seems to work best) and of a decent standard of literature (make your own judgment about that one).

Also please give some thought as to how well the book lends itself to  lively discussion and debate on the night - Such things as a complexity of plot, a variety of themes, philosophical or social issues, well developed characters and perhaps a few unexpected twists and turns.

If you do recommend a book we will ask you to briefly (3 minutes maximum) tell us about the book at the meetup before we put each title to the vote so please come prepared for that. You do not have to chair

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  • Steve L.

    Many thanks to John & to Tony for an excellent evening. Here's a point that came up in the bar afterwards that didn't make it into the main discussion:

    The start of the book is narrated in the present tense. Bromden is in the ward and explains that he is going to tell the story of what happened. This implies that, after the end of the book, he returned to the ward, whether willingly or otherwise. So it's not a story of escape and redemption at all.

    5 · February 13

    • Richard P.

      Nooooooo! I need a whisky now

      1 · February 13

    • Tony C

      Well he was Ahab yah and mcmurphy was the great white whale yah ...

      1 · February 14

  • Carol H.

    I really enjoyed it, even the monologues were interesting, if overlong. Well done John, a tougher gig than usual for the Chair.

    3 · February 12

  • Paul C.

    I have to say I enjoyed it; I completely missed the idea of the shamanistic point of view: interesting.

    4 · February 12

  • Carol B.

    I see where Catherine is coming from and it is difficult sometimes to get the balance right but actually I learnt quite a bit from some of the contributors last night - Dionysian for example in relation to McMurphy. Had to look that one up! Thanks for the insights and thanks to John for proposing such a thought provoking book.

    2 · February 12

  • Tony C

    Great to see this event so well supported. Great chairing from John and many enlightening contributions.

    5 · February 12

  • Catherine

    Hi everyone, I've been coming to this book group for six years now and have always enjoyed it. The different perspectives people offer are always interesting, often lead to a change in my opinion or thoughts on a book and I come away feeling I've gained something. I hate to say anything negative and have never posted like this before but I felt tonight there were a few people delivering lectures and less real discussion on what everyone thought. I did leave in the break so am only commenting on what happened in the first half! I decided to post this message just to politely ask people to allow everyone to speak and not talk for too long, also to try and stay on the topic that the chair has posed in their question so we get to interesting themes, etc within the books. I hope this is seen as a positive and polite post so that we can keep on enjoying this hugely successful group and continue reading lots of cool books, as well as having entertaining nights out! Happy reading! Catherine

    February 11

    • Tony C

      Catherine, I fully support this comment. The "open to everyone" policy of this group means we will always have the occasional annoyance

      2 · February 12

  • Kirsty m.

    Sorry couldn't stay for the whole night but great book. Thanks for suggesting it.

    2 · February 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wanted to make this my first but work got in the way! Next time I hope.

    February 11

  • Erin K.

    Im afraid i wont be able to make it to book club tonight either due to work commitments - boo! Hopefully shall see you at the social.

    February 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey, disappointed I won't be able to make tonight unfortunately. Have been off work sick so medicine and early nights for me. Looking forward to making the next one though.

    February 11

  • Cara J.

    Never seen the movie but anything has to be better than this book!

    2 · February 6

    • Paul C.

      Haha! You reckon it's that bad? It did drag on a bit...

      February 10

    • Cara J.

      I'm still persevering but don't think I'll finish it before tomorrow

      1 · February 10

  • Ian M.

    Unfortunately I will not be able to make the event tomorrow, I am staying with my auntie in Lancashire for a while as there has been a delay on our house move.

    February 10

  • Jon

    Sorry, maybe next time

    February 9

  • Richard P.

    This book has broken one of my key assumptions in life, that the movie of a book is ALWAYS worse than the book. Heresy I know, but I think I like the movie more than the book… Looking forward to Tuesday’s discussion.

    4 · February 6

    • Richard P.

      The perspective in the film is quite different to the book, and I think works better. It isn’t from the Native American character, whose escape is made more poignant for me, because he has chosen to be institutionalised in the film, where as in the book he’s clearly in need of some help. In the film, he and McMurphy are “faking it”; where as in the book he’s either become or always was paranoid and delusional.

      2 · February 7

    • Matthew S.

      I can see that if this book is disliked (which it clearly is by some) it will probably be because of Bromden's slips into paranoid delusions and drug fuelled fogginess. Although the Chief is clearly a device to tell the story, I think where others might see him as the weakness of the book, I see him and his narration as its strength.

      1 · February 7

  • Paul C.

    This will be my first time coming a book discussion group; I look forward to meeting you all.

    February 1, 2014

  • Sarah C.

    Looking forward to it!

    1 · February 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    First time for me! Look forward to it.

    January 17, 2014

  • Heather R.

    Looking forward to reading this!! Great choice!!

    1 · January 15, 2014

  • Ian M.

    Hi April, It is ashame you won't be back, however I can understand your reasons. It was good meeting you and thanks for your help getting to the station last night.

    January 15, 2014

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