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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange (original 1962; edition 1995)

by Anthony Burgess (Author)

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Title:A Clockwork Orange
Authors:Anthony Burgess (Author)
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (1995), 213 pages
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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (1962)

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No matter how many years go by Burgess's use of slang makes this novel stuck in time. For a 15 year old "broog", you would be happy that your life at 15 was nothing in comparison. Every time I read this book it makes me want eggs and milk lol.
Sociopaths, antihero, social control, dystopia, SEX AND VIOLENCE! Classical music tames this adolescent arrogant beast? Why not? Therapy to tame this beast completely with social control, yeah that's pretty much the jist. Definitely a book I can read over and over. ( )
  Jychelle88 | Oct 16, 2017 |
I saw the movie years ago, but had never managed to get around to reading the book. I am glad I did. The book has a different ending than the movie does and, I think, is a better ending, and what the author intended. It's very violent and dark in many places, so those sensitive to that should not read this. ( )
  ktlavender | Jul 17, 2017 |
Oh little Alex. ( )
  TysonAdams | Jun 20, 2017 |
I spent some time wondering how this book has been translated into other languages, though once I learned how much of Nadsat (the strange slang used by the narrator) is based on Russian, it became a bit clearer. Alex is an incredibly violent teenager who gets set up by his friends and sent to prison, where he joins an experimental re-education program meant to cure him of his violent impulses. The whole thing is very weird, pretty horrifying, and yet somehow enthralling. It's probably good it wasn't any longer, though I still wonder about the American publisher's decision to remove the final chapter (which is likewise absent from the famous Kubrick film), as I felt that rounded everything up quite well.

A note on the audio: I don't think I could have read this book on paper - I would have kept stumbling over the unfamiliar Nadsat words and taking me out of the story. Once you listen for a little while you pick up the rhythm and meaning quite well. Tom Hollander was an excellent choice of narrator. (My version also included a lengthy section read by Burgess himself after the end of the book, but it wasn't introduced and I didn't know it was there, so I was quite confused when it began.) ( )
  melydia | Jun 2, 2017 |
crazy book and movie ( )
  JordanAshleyPerkins | Jan 26, 2017 |
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But all in all, “A Clockwork Orange” is a tour-de-force in nastiness, an inventive primer in total violence, a savage satire on the distortions of the single and collective minds.
In A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess has written what looks like a nasty little shocker but is really that rare thing in English letters—a philosophical novel. The point may be overlooked because the hero, a teen-age monster, tells all about everything in nadsat, a weird argot that seems to be all his own. Nadsat is neither gibberish nor a Joycean exercise. It serves to put Alex where he belongs—half in and half out of the human race.
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Burgess, Anthonyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Arbonès, JordiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Šenkyřík, Ladislavsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brumm, WalterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Buenaventura, RamónPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hollander, TomReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, BenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morrison, BlakeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pelham, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Walsh, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Welsh, IrvinePrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A Clockwork Orange (1962) is a dystopian novel by Anthony Burgess.
The title is taken from an old Cockney expression, "as queer as a clockwork orange", and alludes to the prevention of the main character's exercise of his free will through the use of a classical conditioning technique. With this technique, the subject’s emotional responses to violence are systematically paired with a negative stimulation in the form of nausea caused by an emetic medicine administered just before the presentation of films depicting "ultra-violent" situations. Written from the perspective of a seemingly biased and unapologetic protagonist, the novel also contains an experiment in language: Burgess creates a new speech that is the teenage slang of the not-too-distant future.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393312836, Paperback)

The only American edition of the cult classic novel.

A vicious fifteen-year-old "droog" is the central character of this 1963 classic, whose stark terror was captured in Stanley Kubrick's magnificent film of the same title. In Anthony Burgess's nightmare vision of the future, where criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends' social pathology. A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. When the state undertakes to reform Alex—to "redeem" him—the novel asks, "At what cost?" This edition includes the controversial last chapter not published in the first edition and Burgess's introduction "A Clockwork Orange Resucked."

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Told through a central character, Alex, the disturbing novel creates an alarming futuristic vision of violence, high technology, and authoritarianism. A modern classic of youthful violence and social redemption set in a dismal dystopia whereby a juvenile deliquent undergoes state-sponsored psychological rehabilitation for his aberrant behavior.… (more)

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