Each month our pupils are invited to nominate a ‘Book of the Month’ for others to read and January’s top read has been chosen by Sixth Former Alexander O’Hara.
The initiative was launched by the Worth Library to encourage a love of reading and promote books for pupils to read.
Alexander, who is in Year 12, has nominated Ken Kesey’s 1962 book, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He said of the book: “This is a different read to what has previously been on the table as book of the month. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a coming of age story, and displays a large variety of emotions in its storyline, ranging from joy and excitement, to depression, loss and pain. For not every novel has a happy ending.
“The book looks into a person’s mind. Set in an asylum in Oregon, the inmates are under complete control of Nurse Ratched, a manipulative, repressive woman who follows her and only her rules having complete control over the patient’s mind and volition. Then a new man turns up, a different kind of patient – Randle McMurphy. McMurphy is a man who ignores the nurse’s strict rules and arouses something that the patients haven’t seen for a long time: confidence, freedom, and hope.
“With all of these traits, consequences eventually will always arrive. This novel is moving and important as even though fictional, still today some patients in asylums and mental hospitals can be mistreated, oppressed and neglected, and the main message of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is that, however unwell and ailing, everybody deserves free will.”