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A CLOCK-WORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess

A CLOCK-WORK ORANGE (original 1962; edition 1971)

by Anthony Burgess

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Authors:Anthony Burgess
Info:Ballantine Books (1971), Paperback
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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (1962)

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Review: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.

When I started reading this book it was confusing, and tricky with the invasion of Russian words (glossary at the end) throughout the story and many teenage uncommon slang words. Yet, once I got the hang of the words and writing style it turned out to be a good book.

Burgess creates a disturbing but realistic view of the world. A very strange novel but it speaks well to the nature and confusion of adolescents. It’s a story of a world dominated by teenage gangs in a savage satire on distortions of single minds and an inventive primer of total violence.

The main character, Alex, is a violent 15-year old teenager who enjoys bringing pain to other humans. Being the leader of his gang, three others, follow his steps in major criminal acts such as: rapes, stompings, stealing, drugs, and many rumbles with the police. Alex showed no fear of the law or threats of jail time. As far as he was concerned, he ruled and owned his territory. Alex and his gang will take the reader on several crime sprees where the author does not hold back his creative words of violence.

However, one day Alex does get caught…..(no spoilers) …Than the reader is introduced to Alex’s reconditioning…..Is it better to be good or bad??

This is a great story but be aware that it’s a slow pace read in order to comprehend because of the different style of words and languages.
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
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review сомнительное чтиво.
Очевидно, на любителя. Как и некая "дорога".​

Пытался пересилить себя почитать, полистать, но эт​от сленг просто на корню рубит мою способность пон​имать и наслаждаться или хотя бы просто спокойно в​
В общем бредятина редкая. Очень негативные ощущени​я во время чтения книги. очень.​ ( )
  Billy.Jhon | Apr 25, 2016 |
I actually found myself enjoying this much to my surprise.
I'd always thought this was an awful story from things I had heard, but it was very interesting. ( )
  hredwards | Apr 19, 2016 |
One of my favorites actually. I liked the unfamiliar language and ugly future of it. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
TERRIBLE! Couldn't get passed a couple chapter with fully understanding whats going on. Not my type of book.
1 vote welkeral | Mar 20, 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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Burgess, Anthonyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Берджесс, Энтониmain 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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'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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