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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 & Company (1986), Paperback, 213 pages
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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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I have seen the movie several times and was surprised how close it was to the book. It remains one of my favourite stories of all time and even more so now that I have read the book.

I found it quite a challenge to read with all the slang but as you get used to it you seem to slip into Burgess's world and it all makes sense!

Very worth a read ( )
  Ben_Harnwell | Apr 26, 2015 |
It's a long time since I've read this and it's still as shocking and original as I remember. It's a depressing but plausible vision of the future with feral teenagers, excessive violence, and street slang. After a series of horrible events perpetuated by Alex it morphs into a more philosophical book about mind control, free will, and what it means to be human. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Mar 26, 2015 |
A Clockwork Orange is a dystopian fiction written by Anthony Burges. Since its publication, in 1962, it was the subject of several attacks in many countries.
The story is dystopian, because it is set in an imagined future place, probably in Britain, where the State does everything to put pressure on people and deprive them of their free will. The government also tries to restrain youth violence, crime and abuse, which would not be a problem per se, but the method applied leaves something to be desired. The story is narrated by the central character, Alex, in English-Russian slang, which makes reading quite difficult and confusing if you are not familiar with Russian. On the other hand, I think it gives the book a sort of uniqueness, and after a few pages some words are understandable in the context. Alex is a fifteen-year old teenager, the leader of a gang whose violent actions probably make you despondent, but the way Alex is cured by the State is much more outrageous. I am sure some people think that Alex deserves what he went through, but I think that in this case the end does not justify the means. In particular when the goal is to control and brainwash people. I would not say that the story is about the battle of good and evil. Although Alex is the main character, he is not a protagonist because he does not represent good because of his actions. However, it is rather a struggle between morals and immoral represented by the State.
The title is absolutely inventive. It refers to the mechanical force (clockwork) that is applied to a living organism (orange) to manipulate and shape it against its will. In this case, Alex was that orange, and I find it quite ironic that in the second chapter it is Alex who asks what Clockwork Orange means.
Besides violence, crime, brainwashing and manipulation, we can witness happiness and a chance for normal life in Pete’s character. Although he was member of Alex’s gang, he managed to change and start a new life.
All in all, I think it is a fantastic book which makes people think about morals and free choice among others. I would definitely recommend it if you are interested in brainwashing and you like people-against-the State stories. ( )
  BorosAlexandra | Mar 23, 2015 |
Anthology of short stories with the title piece the largest. Over shadowed by the film of the same name. I am not sure that conventional behaviour will always kill creativity. if that is the case, then LOTR and the Narnia Stories didn't happen. Artists however are rather paranoid about their creative streak, for that can always disappear...in this case, the paranoia led to a good though mannered parable. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Mar 20, 2015 |
This was an impressive novel - it was thought-provoking and idea-inspiring. I don't really have anything to add that hasn't been said much better by so many others who have analyzed this book, except that I was impressed. ( )
  VincentDarlage | Jan 30, 2015 |
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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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Buenaventura, RamónPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Pelham, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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'What's it going to be then, eh?'
Goodness comes from within [...] Goodness is something chosen. When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man.
Does God want goodness or the choice of goodness? Is a man who chooses to be bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?
There is, in fact, not much point in writing a novel unless you can show the possibility of moral transformation, or an increase in wisdom, operating in your chief character or characters.
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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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