A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

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A disturbing tale about good and evil and the meaning of human freedom, A Clockwork Orange has become a modern classic since its publication in 1962. Anthony Burgess's hero, the hedonistic and violent Alex, is our guide on a journey into a dystopian future where sociopathic youths rule the night and the authorities emulate their moral indifference in the pursuit of social order.
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2000, 1972, c1962.
ISBN: 9780141182605


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Oct 12, 2017

This was an interesting read! The slang made this not only a fun read, but a challenge that drives you to read more. Short book, thought-provoking, and you may benefit from using an online English-Nadsat dictionary next to you. All the boundaries are crossed with A Clockwork Orange.

Jun 28, 2017

I love this book. It gives a realistic view of the future, and it's possible darker societal changes that can be seen today, roughly 50 years after the book was first published. It includes the British ending, which is the way the book is supposed to end, compared to the lesser philosophical Kubrick ending that the U.S. was initially given. I will read this book dozens of times over, just because i enjoy Alex's charismatic and vulgar demeanor to provide more depth, reality, and complexity than anything found in modern media's characterization of the rebellious teenager. The story criticizes socialism, democracy at times, meanwhile pointing out our flaws as human beings to appreciate the arts of past generations, with just the right amount of satirical humor to keep the reader invested. It's a hard book to read, yet i challenge you to put it down after reading the first page. This book is a work of art. Thank you Anthony Burgess

Jul 02, 2016

A truly amazing book.

Jan 07, 2016

Interesting book, although reading it when I was 14, I was confused by the language. I think if you have watched the film there is a better understanding of the novel.

Middle Town
Aug 17, 2015

A terrifying world created by Burgess, where the threat feels palpable and real.

Jun 14, 2015

Horrifically good! Stunning commentary on people in general. Oh my!

Feb 08, 2015

Rivers of red, all horrorshow and viddy like. A fast paced short read with great style.
This ones a keeper.

Marinetti Feb 04, 2015

A classic novel.

kdwaynec Oct 11, 2014

I tried to read this three times, but the nadsat language was too much for me. My son said the movie was good, I'll try that some day.

Alan Davies
Sep 16, 2014

I read this several times in my teens, and was so disappointed when I finally saw the movie- all the menace was gone. Creates its own consistent and terrifying world.

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waitingforeternity Mar 29, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

waitingforeternity Mar 29, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Aug 29, 2009

Violence: a wee bit o' the old "ultra-violence".

Aug 29, 2009

Sexual Content: some o' the ol' "in-out, in-out".

Aug 29, 2009

Coarse Language: p.s. The book contains many words in a slang argot which Burgess invented for the book, called Nadsat. It is a mix of modified Slavic words a rhyming slang, derived Russian, and words invented by Burgess himself. So don't get your 'soomkas' in a bunch.

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Jul 02, 2016

LonelyOwl thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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waitingforeternity Mar 29, 2011

waitingforeternity thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


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Jun 16, 2013

A Clockwork Orange is set in a dystopian society where teenage criminals terrorize the city at night. Alex, only 15 years old, is imprisoned and later offered his freedom following a questionable new "cure" for his violent nature.

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

Alex is a sadistic criminal. Raping, assaulting and robbing are part of his daily routine. When he is caught he is subjected to extreme mind conditioning which leaves him vulnerable to his previous victims.


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Mar 02, 2012

Then I looked at its top sheet, and there was the name-- A CLOCKWORK ORANGE-- and I said: "That's a fair gloopy title. Who ever heard of a clockwork orange?" Then I read a malenky bit out loud in a sort of very high type preaching goloss: '--The attempt to impose upon man, a creature of growth and capable of sweetness, to ooze juicily at the last round the bearded lips of God, to attempt to impose, I say, laws and conditions appropriate to a mechanical creation, against this I raise my swordpen--'

Oct 03, 2011

Badness is of the self, the one, the you or me on our oddy knockies, and that self if made by old Bog or God and is his great pride and radosty. But the not-self cannot have the bad, meaning they of the government and the judges and the schools cannot allow the bad because they cannot allow the self.

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