A Clockwork Orange

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W. W. Norton, 1986 - Fiction - 192 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  - soniaandree - LibraryThing

It is a very puzzling and interesting dystopian novel: the main character, Alex, leads a life of violence with his 'droogs' (i.e. fellow teenager friends) and is finally caught. He uses a special ... Read full review

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User Review  - ca.bookwyrm - LibraryThing

I finished this book, but it felt like an obligation to do so. I did not enjoy it. It feels like the kind of book you're not supposed to enjoy, though. It felt like a morality tale. Yes, I suppose at ... Read full review

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About the author (1986)

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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