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Modern Classics a Clockwork Orange (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – International Edition, January 28, 2014
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Starred Review. After his youthful adventures of raping and pillaging, Alex finds himself in prison. When he volunteers for an experiment, his sentence is commuted to two weeks. The experiment leaves him physically incapable of doing wrong and releases him back into the world. However, when he repeatedly runs into people he has wronged in the past, his real suffering begins. This audiobook gives new life to Burgess's tale of recklessly violent youth, free will and true redemption. While Malcolm McDowell forever infused viewers with the look of Alex in the film, Tom Hollander performs an even more amazing feat. With a smooth, almost lyrical, crisp voice, Hollander delivers Burgess's nadsat dialect to readers with such rhythmic cadence that listeners will easily understand the extensive slang used throughout the book. This unabridged production also includes the 21st chapter, which was not dramatized in the film or in the book's original U.S. publication. The audiobook opens with a brief note by Burgess on living with the book's legacy. The final CD features selected readings by Burgess from a previous recorded abridged version. While it's interesting to hear the older and gruffer voice, it does not compare to Hollander's performance. A Penguin paperback. (July)
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*Starred Review* It may be a sign of a great work that it can be misinterpreted by detractors and proponents alike. Contemporary readers who saw Burgess’ 1962 dystopian novel as a celebration of youth violence were as far off base as the teens since then who have thrilled to the transgressive violence it—or, at least, Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation—depicts. But paradox is at the heart of this book, as this newly restored, fiftieth-anniversary edition makes more clear than ever. Narrated by Alex, a teenage dandy who revels in language (he speaks a slang called Nadsat), music (especially Bach and Beethoven), and violence, especially violence. When imprisoned for murder, he is offered a chance at reform and leaps at it—but the reform turns out to be brainwashing, an aversion therapy that, alas, leaves him able to enjoy neither beatings nor Beethoven. Upon his release he becomes first a victim of his victims, then a cause célèbre of antigovernment activists before . . . well, publishers offered different endings to British and American audiences, as readers will discover here. What makes A Clockwork Orange so challenging, besides the language (“He looked a malenky bit poogly when he viddied the four of us”), is Burgess’ willingness to use an unsympathetic protagonist to make his point, which is essentially that it may be better to choose evil than to be forced to be good. (For, as it is put by two different characters: “When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man.”) Readers can revisit or discover a classic that, while drawing from Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock, has in turn influenced authors from Irvine Welsh to Suzanne Collins. Extras include a thoughtful introduction by editor Andrew Biswell, reproductions of manuscript pages annotated by Burgess, and a previously unpublished chapter of a book that was to have been called The Clockwork Condition, in which Burgess intended to set the record straight about his intentions now that Kubrick’s film adaptation had made him famous. Readers will learn much, including the meaning behind the book’s title. All in all, a fitting publication of a book that remains just as shocking and thought provoking as ever. --Keir Graff --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.
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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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