A Clockwork Orange

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W. W. Norton, Apr 17, 1995 - Fiction - 240 pages
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Great Music, it said, and Great Poetry would like quieten Modern Youth down and make Modern Youth more Civilized. Civilized my syphilised yarbles.

A vicious fifteen-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic. In Anthony Burgess's nightmare vision of the future, where the 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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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Burgess puts on his linguists hat for this foray into the realm of the surreal, not-so-distant future. We know he has succeeded when we find ourselves rooting for the bad guy. Also, one of Stanley Kubrick's most controversial films. Read full review

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User Review  - evilmoose - LibraryThing

Listening to the audiobook was a great choice for this. Another one where I'd seen in the movie (back in 1998? 1999?) but hadn't read the book. Tried once before but was overwhelmed by the invented ... Read full review

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About the author (1995)

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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