After so many years after I watched Milos Forman movie, I finally read Ken Kesey's book (originally published in 1962). I did like it a lot, and I found the movie actually to be very much based on the novel, almost literally. The novel is told from the point of view of Chief Bromden (actor Will Sampson on the movie). This particular edition is a Deluxe Edition from Penguin including a foreword by Chcuck Palahniuk, an introduction by Robert Faggen, and most importantly, sketches by Ken Kesey all over the book (he writes a short introduction about this as well). If you already have this book already, the old edition, I find the sketches to be absolutely worth buying this book again.
Milos Forman brought to live an excellent story and created a masterpiece of a movie. Filmed on location at the Oregon State Mental Hospital - 2600 Center Street NE, Salem, Oregon, USA, and starred by Jack Nicholson (Randle McMurphy) in perhaps the most brilliant act of his whole career (which is saying a lot), the movie surpasses the movie in my humble opinion. I stated above the movie is very much following the book. However, the main difference between the movie and the book is that the movie is not told from the point of view of Chief, but Randle McMurphy's. The movie was the hit of 1976, taking BEST MOVIE at the Academy Awards (Oscar) and Best Actor for Nicholson, Best Actress for Louise Fletcher, Best Director for Milos Forman, Best Adapted Screenplay for Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman. By the way, did you know that Ken Kesey NEVER watched Milos Forman movie of his acclaimed book? Hard to believe, but true.
Finally, Jack Nitzsche's soundtrack, which is very good, although not great. It lost in the Academy Awards against John William's Jaws. The soundtrack is kind of short (about 30 minutes), and it is, like the book, told from the perspective of Chief. Thus, the several Indian musical elements. Although not great, I still enjoy listening to it very much, specially the opening and closing credits, which really transports you to the ward and the minds of the Acutes.
Book: 4 stars
Movie: 5 stars
Soundtrack: 3.5 stars.