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A Clockwork Orange Paperback – April 17, 1995
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“A brilliant novel... a savage satire on the distortions of the single and collective minds.”
- New York Times
“Looks like a nasty little shocker, but is really that rare thing in English letters: a philosophical novel.”
“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.”
- William S. Burroughs
“A terrifying and marvelous book.”
- Roald Dahl
About the Author
Anthony Burgess (1917–1993) is the author of many works, including A Clockwork Orange, The Wanting Seed, Nothing Like the Sun, Honey for the Bears, The Long Day Wanes, The Doctor Is Sick, and ReJoyce.
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The book comes with an introduction from Anthony Burgess which served as a bit of a buzz kill since he admits to disliking the story, and goes on to complain about the American version of his book omitting the last chapter to keep things negative. After finishing the book there was a counter point added from the publisher saying that there may have been a misunderstanding (very odd of them to add that)when the final chapter was originally omitted. Still the last chapter will surprise those of you that have only seen the movie. Many hate the last chapter but I enjoyed it.
This book can be hard to understand, but after a while you'll pick up on the "nadsat" slang. If you're not very fond of violence, I wouldn't recommend you to read this novel. However, if you're eager to learn about the life of a criminal and have an open mind when it comes to wrongdoers, this book might just grab your attention.
I don't want to say too much for I might give away too many details, but I must say I so enjoyed this book. Though it is a wonderful piece of work (even art), the reader mustn't see the protagonist for what he seems to be. My advice is to read this book with an open mind and consider every detail you come across. There's plenty of insight to obtain from this story and I hope you find it as fascinating as I did.
The story is told by the central character Alex who is violent and bad just because that is who he is. Him and his gang go around creating havoc until Alex is mutinied by them and left to be arrested. The story talks in a a brutal invented slang that at first can make the book hard to understand, but adds to his and his friends different social pathology. Through all the different writing techniques that arise some very important questions and brought up: to what extent do people go to make everyone "good?"
In a very interesting way the author shows a duality between the government and the young people who rebel. It is shown in a dark twisted way the freedom that the boys want and at a point have. The police are trying to reign in this horrid behavior and are wanting to fix the ones who are caught in violent heinous acts.
A Clockwork Orange was in the end a good read. It kept me interested in what was going on and really had an effect on some of my thoughts regarding freedom and how a person is. It will appeal to people for many different reasons. It will effect people in completely different ways; but it will effect them.
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