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A Clockwork Orange (original 1962; edition 1995)

by Anthony Burgess (Author)

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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (Author) (1962)

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This is a very disturbing book filled with extreme violence. I read it because it’s a ‘classic’ and I like to be informed but struggled to get through it. The narrator is an unrepentant ultra-violent teenager in a near-future (imagined in the 1960s) who, after spending his youth in and out of reform centres and eventually prison, goes through a new treatment to turn him into a decent citizen. Essentially they make him watch violence while inducing extreme nausea, so that he associates the two. Afterwards, he is compelled to avoid violence, even to defend himself, because he feels so sick if he even thinks about it. There is a lot of discussion about whether taking away his free will is a worse crime than any he committed. (I disagree, they haven’t taken away his free will, most people would feel nausea contemplating the things he did but still have a choice to do or not.) The novel is full of made-up teen slang but you get used to it quite quickly. ‘He looked a malenky bit poogly when he viddied the four of us...’ Not my kind of book at all. ( )
  Griffin22 | Mar 22, 2019 |
No sé cómo sentirme con este libro. Cuando estaba en la prepa lo leí y me gustó bastante, pero ahora tengo la sensación de que no es necesariamente tan bueno como lo recordaba. Y no es que sea un libro malo, pero mi gusto ha cambiado.
Plantea un debate interesante sobre la libertad y sobre qué es lo que nos hace humanos, y pone muy clara su postura con su planteamiento entre cuento filosófico y bildungsroman ultra-violenta, pero mucho del encanto y del juego de lenguaje se pierde en la traducción al español. La novela es muy entretenida, pero creo que necesito hacer una lectura más profunda para que me encante. ( )
  LeoOrozco | Feb 26, 2019 |
Good read and worthy of a classic - just. My cover different to this. ( )
  DannyKeep | Feb 8, 2019 |
Fairly entertaining, not great. As the author notes in the introduction, it's very heavy-handed about its moral. I don't think that moral - the overriding importance of the freedom to choose good or evil - is particularly profound or credible (and the story didn't increase my sympathy toward it). ( )
  brokensandals | Feb 7, 2019 |
First time where I can say parts of the movie were better than the book. The music is such a part of the story and the graphics are too, that the movie gave the book "a run for the money". This is a page turner, odd, engaging and in an invented vocabulary. The pace was fast, the issues timeless and the good vs. evil piece was passionately written. Human nature was the study but in such an unusual template that it was a fun read. ( )
  DonaldPowell | Feb 5, 2019 |
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Mr. Burgess, whenever we remeet him in a literary setting, seems to be standing kneedeep in the shavings of new methods, grimed with the metallic filings of bright ideas. A Clockwork Orange, for example, was a book which no one could take seriously for what was supposed to happen in it-its plot and "meaning" were the merest pretenses-but which contained a number of lively notions, as when his delinquents use Russian slang and become murderous on Mozart and Beethoven. In a work by Burgess nothing is connected necessarily or organically with anything else but is strung together with wires and pulleys as we go.
added by SnootyBaronet | editThe New York Times, John Bayley
 
Burgess’s 1962 novel is set in a vaguely Socialist future (roughly, the late seventies or early eighties)—a dreary, routinized England that roving gangs of teenage thugs terrorize at night. In perceiving the amoral destructive potential of youth gangs, Burgess’s ironic fable differs from Orwell’s 1984 in a way that already seems prophetically accurate. The novel is narrated by the leader of one of these gangs-—Alex, a conscienceless schoolboy sadist—and, in a witty, extraordinarily sustained literary conceit, narrated in his own slang (Nadsat, the teenagers’ special dialect). The book is a fast read; Burgess, a composer turned novelist, has an ebullient, musical sense of language, and you pick up the meanings of the strange words as the prose rhythms speed you along.
added by SnootyBaronet | editThe New Yorker, Pauline Kael
 
A Clockwork Orange, the book for which Burgess — to his understandable dismay — is best known. A handy transitional primer for anyone learning Russian, in other respects it is a bit thin. Burgess makes a good ethical point when he says that the state has no right to extirpate the impulse towards violence. But it is hard to see why he is so determined to link the impulse towards violence with the aesthetic impulse, unless he suffers, as so many other writers do, from the delusion that the arts are really rather a dangerous occupation. Presumably the connection in the hero’s head between mayhem and music was what led Stanley Kubrick to find the text such an inspiration. Hence the world was regaled with profound images of Malcolm McDowell jumping up and down on people’s chests to the accompaniment of an invisible orchestra.

It is a moot point whether Burgess is saying much about human psychology when he so connects the destructive element with the creative impulse. What is certain is that he is not saying much about politics. Nothing in A Clockwork Orange is very fully worked out. There is only half a paragraph of blurred hints to tell you why the young marauders speak a mixture of English and Russian. Has Britain been invaded recently? Apparently not. Something called ‘propaganda’, presumably of the left-wing variety, is vaguely gestured towards as being responsible for this hybrid speech. But even when we leave the possible causes aside, and just examine the language itself, how could so basic a word as ‘thing’ have been replaced by the Russian word without other, equally basic, words being replaced as well?
added by SnootyBaronet | editNew York Review of Books, Clive James
 
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, AnthonyAuthorprimary 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
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Then I noticed, in all my pain and sickness, what music it was that like crackled and boomed on the sound-track, and it was Ludwig van, the last movement of the Fifth Symphony, and I creeched like bezoomny at that. ‘Stop!’ I creeched. ‘Stop, you grahzny disgusting sods. It’s a sin, that’s what it is, a filthy unforgivable sin, you bratchnies!’
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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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