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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange (original 1962; edition 1986)

by Anthony Burgess

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Title:A Clockwork Orange
Authors:Anthony Burgess
Info:W.W. Norton & Co. (1986), Paperback, 240 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned

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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (1962)

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    Aeryion: The sub-culture of designer drug use and it's effect on the gritty society within Rubicon call back to A Clockwork Orange like an anesthetized echo. The prevalent use and abuse of the potent designer neurocotic Synth and the language (Illuminese) that the addicts speak amongst themselves is a brilliant homage to Burgess's original genius! This story gave me shivers as I read through the vivid hallucinatory narrative. A must read for every fan of the genre!… (more)
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Having a glossary of the NADSAT language used by Alex and his droogs is a must. If your copy of A Clockwork Orange doesn't have a glossary, then you can download and print after an internet search, as I did. By the end of the book, this NADSAT slang will come more naturally.

Real horrorshow, as Alex would say.

Alex is the main protagonist, and a nightmare example of being a psychopath in a dystopian society. I then just had to watch Kubrick's movie version and Malcolm McDowell is perfect as Alex, even though in the movie he is much older than book Alex's alarmingly (especially considering the violence he does to others) young age of 15.

I am sure I will re-read this again. I think most versions (mine does) now have the deleted final chapter included. Evidently, it was removed when it was first published in America, and there is debate on whether the book is better with or without it. I personally think either way it is still good. By the way, the movie concludes without that final chapter. ( )
  ValerieAndBooks | Nov 14, 2016 |
Wow. Excellent stuff. I love the language, of course. And I'm very grateful that this version was a complete one - I loved the original ending. ( )
  electrascaife | Oct 16, 2016 |
Man, I really liked this book.

It was one of the first few classics that I read when I was quite young, and apart from having a hazy idea of its reputation, I knew absolutely nothing.

I found the language difficult at first, but you do really get used to it, and it is quite regular in its slang and pattern. The thing I think I appreciated the most about this book, apart from the craft of the words and how rhythmic it was, was the strength of the narrative.

A Clockwork Orange is a really good example of what happens when you write a well-constructed story and include a message. While the overall moral of the story is bold, it's also quite well-concealed within plot, characters and an arc. It is very unlike George Orwell's Animal Farm, for example, where the characters are purely to facilitate - puppets and nothing more.

Alex, the protagonist, is three dimensional. It is because he was so well-written that I fell in love with this story so much.

However, much like the reading material of my youth, I am not sure how graphic this material is, but you may want to be careful if you decide to read it. c: ( )
  lydia1879 | Aug 31, 2016 |
I'm reading some classic books that I've missed reading over the years. The slang that dominates this book could be hard to read. The audiobook version makes it much clearer, especialy with the excellend reading by Mr. Hollander. ( )
  dougcornelius | Aug 19, 2016 |
Zajedno sa knjigama Stepski vuk i 1984 Paklena naranča je bila kultna knjiga moje generacije. Nisam je tada pročitala jer me je količina nasilja u filmu šokirala (kada sam ga gledala imala sam godina kao Alex) i mislila sam da je u knjizi još gore. Na žalost sada me količina nasilja nije šokirala jer očito je maloljetničko nasilje postalo naša svakodnevnica.

Interesantna mi je kombinacija ruskog i engleskog jezika (Nadsat) ali mogu misliti šezdesetih u periodu hladnog rata koji je to bio šok.

Ono što mi je najbolje u knjizi je definitivno ta moralna dvojba oko "ispiranja mozga" za uklanjanje nasilja. Treba li dopustiti mogućnost izbora i po koju cijenu?! Teško pitanje a odgovor još teži. ( )
  Dinci | Aug 16, 2016 |
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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
Buenaventura, RamónPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hollander, TomReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, BenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pelham, DavidCover artistsecondary 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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