It's been quite a while since I read this book. I do remember it was a fun read. I read the quote from William S. Burroughs listed here at amazon.com:
"I do not know of any other writer who has done as much with language as Mr. Burgess has done here-the fact that this is also a very funny book may pass unnoticed."
An excellent point regarding the special language of "A Clockwork Orange"--it definitely adds to its appeal. However I'm surprised that Burroughs expected many to miss the humor in this book. I'm curious as to whether others found this book humorous.
I hope people will continue to explore Anthony Burgess beyond his most famous book.
Regarding the special language in "A Clockwork Orange"--if you find this aspect of the book appealing, I recommend "The Bonfire of the Vanities" by Tom Wolfe. He doesn't create a new language for this book, but his love of language is apparent throughout--I devoured this 704-page book. I even read it a second time and may eventually read it a third.
yes; this book makes me want to read more of the author's work, especially the ones he was most proud of, though I would imagine some of those are out of print; do any of you readers happen to know any other titles by the author that he was most proud of?
gosh this book was so good, what reading, what incredible language, what a job!
At anthonyburgess.com, there's a section which lists all his writings. There it says that he's most proud of his book MF. This book is available used at http://amazon.com. I haven't read this book. It sounds intriguing.
Those readers of " A Clockwork Orange" who enjoyed the author's construction/invention of the new language, may enjoy Burgess' "A Mouthful of Air". It is a wonderfully lucid and readable treatise on speech and language - how we make the variety of discrete sounds / phonemes of which our evolved vocal apparatus is capable of producing and use them within the frameworks of the spectrum of human spoken language. Dave in Estelline, SD