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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
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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 saw the movie years ago, but had never managed to get around to reading the book. I am glad I did. The book has a different ending than the movie does and, I think, is a better ending, and what the author intended. It's very violent and dark in many places, so those sensitive to that should not read this. ( )
  ktlavender | Jul 17, 2017 |
Oh little Alex. ( )
  TysonAdams | Jun 20, 2017 |
I spent some time wondering how this book has been translated into other languages, though once I learned how much of Nadsat (the strange slang used by the narrator) is based on Russian, it became a bit clearer. Alex is an incredibly violent teenager who gets set up by his friends and sent to prison, where he joins an experimental re-education program meant to cure him of his violent impulses. The whole thing is very weird, pretty horrifying, and yet somehow enthralling. It's probably good it wasn't any longer, though I still wonder about the American publisher's decision to remove the final chapter (which is likewise absent from the famous Kubrick film), as I felt that rounded everything up quite well.

A note on the audio: I don't think I could have read this book on paper - I would have kept stumbling over the unfamiliar Nadsat words and taking me out of the story. Once you listen for a little while you pick up the rhythm and meaning quite well. Tom Hollander was an excellent choice of narrator. (My version also included a lengthy section read by Burgess himself after the end of the book, but it wasn't introduced and I didn't know it was there, so I was quite confused when it began.) ( )
  melydia | Jun 2, 2017 |
crazy book and movie ( )
  JordanAshleyPerkins | Jan 26, 2017 |
I saw the film before I read the book. Normally, I wouldn't recommend it, and for a lot of readers, that would be the cause of condemnation. Well, for this book I'll make an exception. The movie introduced me to the nadsat language of this book and therefore, when, after months after searching for it, I finally bought it and read it, it was easier to work around the language. The other words not included in the film (for accessibility reasons), I either used context clues or the internet to work around the meaning.

The book (and the film, of course)deals with issues: good vs. evil, free will, and the cause of goodness/badness. You can't help but pity Alex (though still be repulsed by his actions in Part One) as he goes through hell during and after the Ludovico Treatment. It begs the question: is it better to have a rapist have free will and choose to rape, or should we take away people's choices and make them, essentially, clockwork oranges? (Hence the title.)

I love this book, but I need to warn you; there is some disturbing aspects, including a part where Alex drugs and rapes two ten year olds. Read at your own risk. ( )
  kyndyleizabella | Jan 23, 2017 |
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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
Brumm, WalterTranslatorsecondary authorsome 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.
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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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