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The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master
David Thomas, Andrew Hunt
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey, Robert Faggen, Joe Sacco, Chuck Palahniuk
Nobody's very big in the first place, and it looks to me like everybody spends their whole life tearing everybody else down.
What do you do with this book? You're tempted to call it a young adult book, just because it's a bit obvious for a grown-up. With the asylum metaphor, and the Combine, and just in case you didn't quite get the Christ imagery, McMurphy goes ahead and says, "Do I get a crown of thorns?" as they tie him to the cross. The whole "question authority" message here is unlikely to be new or interesting to anyone who's past tenth grade. So you're tempted to assign it to tenth graders.

But then there's Kesey's woman problem. "We are victims of a matriarchy here, my friend," we're told, and Kesey's got the...mother of all virgin / whore complexes going on. So you might have some explaining to do to female tenth graders, or tenth graders who might be interested in talking to females.

It's a problematic book, is what I'm saying, and its good points - brisk pacing, a memorable protagonist in McMurphy, its general competence - aren't so thrilling that I feel compelled to find a way to defend it.

Sorry to tear you down, Kesey, but this book is just okay.