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A Clockwork Orange, 1st Edition (original 1962; edition 1963)

by Anthony Burgess, Stanley Edgar Hyman (Afterword)

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Title:A Clockwork Orange, 1st Edition
Authors:Anthony Burgess
Other authors:Stanley Edgar Hyman (Afterword)
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (1963), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 185 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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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 |
Read after seeing the movie. Glossary of NADSAT in the back. Like virtually all American editions of the time, missing the final chapter ( )
  unclebob53703 | Jan 25, 2015 |
I remember the distaste I had for this book when I first read it and so I picked it up again with some trepidation. This time, though, like little Alex, I find I have changed and I appreciated the novel much more. Burgess does seem to be suggesting two or three rather contradictory ideas, though – or at least that’s what it seems to me at the moment. On the one hand he is making it clear that he thinks taking away our free will is too reductive although the characters who propound this view – the chaplain and Alex’s earlier victim, F. Alexander, and his political allies – are not characters who appeal to us. Restoring Alex’s free will, though, is not presented positively with Alex happily contemplating violence again. And then we have Alex’s rejection of violence and his looking forward to a quietly married life but thinking that any son he has will be just like him – a person who in their youth can’t stop the way they behave but carry on like wind-up toys banging into things.

What does all this amount to? Even remembering that Alex as narrator is not necessarily reliable, it seems to me that Burgess is suggesting that whether we curtail people’s behaviour or not, we have little control over what we do. Of course this is something people have been thinking about for a long time, and more recent discoveries tell us how much our behaviour is determined by sources outside our control. It’s depressing, though.

In fact the whole book is depressing. When I first read the book I was very uneasy about Alex’s violent behaviour but this time I felt at least equally uneasy about his parents’ lives of drudgery, society offering so little to them that I could understand Alex having no desire to share in the life it offered. All the political manipulation in the book is still highly relevant to today’s world even if it’s increasingly multi-nationals in charge rather than individual governments.

What perhaps makes this as convincing as it is is the language Burgess has given his narrator. More and more I am becoming convinced that an appropriate choice of words is the bedrock of a successful novel. And this one’s language was much more easily understood than Kingsnorth’s in ‘The Wake’. I should now go back to ‘Riddley Scott’ and see how I fare with that one a second time round . . . ( )
  evening | Jan 6, 2015 |
This book was AMAZING!!! I was nervous, at first, because the language is one that Burgess seems to have made up to support the style of his protagonist. However, I was able to understand it after a few pages... I felt like I was reading Shakespeare, in a way--I've always felt that his iambic pentameter takes some getting used to, as well, but once you're submerged in it, it all flows quite naturally. I found the same with this book--in fact, there were times I found myself thinking things (about happenings in my own life) in Burgess' language!

I saw Kubrick's movie several years ago, and while I found it interesting, I'm not sure I'd have ever watched it again. I don't think I *got* it, if you know what I mean. Well, I understood the story much better this time, when I was able to read it at my own pace and sort of absorb it. One thing I REALLY appreciated was that the edition I found (same as the one pictured above) included the final chapter originally written by Burgess.... that chapter was included in the original book released in the UK, but in the US, it was removed. (There are arguments as to why....) Upon re-releasing the book in the late '80's, they agreed to include that final chapter. I felt that it actually enhanced the story--I came away from it feeling much better than I probably would have if I'd read it with that final chapter omitted.

I'm tempted to go back and watch the movie again..... ( )
  trayceetee | Nov 15, 2014 |
Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange is one of the most brilliant and original books I've ever read. It was astounding, in fact, I haven't enough adjectives to describe the power of the book, and the linguistic genius of its author.

Set in a post-apocalyptic London, Alex is the leader of a gang of toughs who get their jollies severely beating innocent strangers, and gang-raping any women unfortunate enough to cross their path. Their brutality is sickening, and it's only the disguise of Burgess' created Nadsat language that keeps the violence from overwhelming the reader.

Betrayed and deserted by his fellow gang-members, Alex is arrested one evening, and is tried for murder, as one of the gang's victims has died. He is sentenced to a long term inside an overcrowded prison, and what happens to him there and after his release forms the main part of the tale.

It's an rich book, intelligent, creative: the mere linguistic part of the book alone is enough to excite and fascinate. My brain went a bit further and pictured the young Malcolm McDowell in this role, heard his voice whilst reading, and this mental trickery made the book's nightmarish quality even more astonishing. ( )
  ahef1963 | Oct 14, 2014 |
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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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'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?
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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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