A Clockwork Orange is a dystopian satirical black comedy novel by English writer Anthony The book is partially written in a Russian-influenced argot called " Nadsat", which takes its name from the Russian suffix that is equivalent to '-teen' in. A Clockwork Orange book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A vicious fifteen-year-old droog is the central character of. . The second, Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, is the brilliant But the book , not Kubrick's script, is the essential text, a stunningly original.
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A Clockwork Orange, novel by Anthony Burgess, published in Set in a dismal dystopian England, it is the first-person account of a juvenile delinquent who. A Clockwork Orange [Anthony Burgess] on taufeedenzanid.tk On David Bowie's Book List, A Clockwork Orange is a best novels of Time magazine and. A Clockwork Orange [Anthony Burgess] on taufeedenzanid.tk *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Book by Burgess, Anthony.
In my mind, I now think of her as the Yoga Bunny: She was kind, generous and polite to a fault and I do not mean to make fun of her: I may be a cynic, but it really struck me like a ton of bricks one evening, when she was looking at my bookcase after asking if she could borrow something to read. I did not bother trying to explain that the concept of free will is about much more than just the violent acts committed by the anti-hero Alex: And I must say, it is not as violent as some people make it sound: And furthermore, Burgess never condones any of the acts committed by Alex and his droogs.
That being said, few horror novels manage to be as disturbing as this tiny novella; not because of the violence, but because of the ideas. Some spoilers ahead. Their pain, their suffering, their feelings, none of that matters to him. He wants his thrills, whether those are sexual or from getting into a good fight. Because goodness cannot be imposed on anyone, it always remains a choice.
Because ultimately, Dr. He wants to cut down crime, not make people better. When Alex is freed again, attacked and incapable of defending himself, some readers would probably cheer because he finally gets what he deserves. But I see a more subtle point being made.
I find both endings equally fascinating. In either case he is cured, but what exactly is he cured of? I love this ambiguity. The linguistic tour de force accomplished by Burgess — while irritating at first, until your brain begins to recognize the patterns and cadence — is impressive enough to make it worth the read, regardless of how you feel about the moral dilemma contained within the pages. Russian, Shakespearean turns of phrase and Cockney slang actually blend beautifully, and the Nadsat words are used perfunctorily enough that when you read a sentence in context, you can quickly figure out what every word means.
But once you get past the Nadsat hurdle, so to speak, you start understanding the genius of its use: It scares me but I also enjoy it very much. And obviously, I also strongly recommend the wonderful Kubrick movie. View all 31 comments. Set in a near future English society featuring a subculture of extreme youth violence, the teenage protagonist, Alex, narrates his violent exploits and his experiences with state authorities intent on reforming him.
The book is partially written in a Russian-influenced argot called "Nadsat". View all 8 comments. A favourite of my late teens, still a favourite now. The brutality of male blooming and the private patois of our teenhood. Shakespearean, dammit. Goddamn Shakespearean! This book is musical! This book sings, swings, cries A favourite of my late teens, still a favourite now.
This book sings, swings, cries and rages! Oh this book, this book! My first encounter with unbridled creativity, intelligence, elegance, thematic unity, this book made me weep for the future of poor sadistic Alex.
Oh, he must grow up, he must! This book, this book! Oh my droogies, oh my Bog. View all 27 comments. Debo confesar que me ha gustado mucho leerla. Es que la estrella del libro no es Alex ni las andanzas con sus amigos ni el sistema contra el que quieren luchar. Es la violencia. Es como combatir fuego con fuego. Escucha a su querido Ludwig van Beethoven o a Mozart o Bach.
Se puede citar algunos: Ya entiendes.
Me pongo loco cuando un tipo interfiere en el canto de una chica. This is a dark, compelling read with massive amounts of violent acts and imagery that run throughout the novel. They are definitely vividly described but in one way the violence is slightly censored with the use of the nadsat language, a language teenagers use in the novel. The book doesn't promote violence but instead explores the idea of violence entwined with youth and the morality of free will.
The nadsat language is a little confusing and irritating at the start but with the help of an onli This is a dark, compelling read with massive amounts of violent acts and imagery that run throughout the novel. The nadsat language is a little confusing and irritating at the start but with the help of an online reference I quickly remembered what meant what and at times it was easy to decipher the word.
The nadsat language quickly grew on me and enriched the narrative of Alex, an aggressive, vicious 15 year old boy who enjoys beating, raping, robbing and killing or any other criminal activity. I enjoyed his narrative as he continuously addresses the reader "O, my brothers," his narrative is interesting as he is a complex character as he is incredibly brutal but is also intellectual as he greatly appreciates classical music such as Beethoven's ninth symphony.
His character takes intriguing turns especially at the end when he goes through a drastic change. This book is definitely one of my favourites as the nadsat language immerses you into the dystopian world and actually makes you think more about what is being said. The story is full of surprises and twists with riveting concepts like whether it is better to choose to live a terrible life full of heinous crimes or forced to be good and abide by the law. This book makes you question society and moral instinct and aids you in fully understanding what is being said with its unique language.
I read this as part of a reading challenge.
The 100 best novels: No 82 – A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (1962)
I've never seen the movie either, and now that I've read it, I don't think I want to. This is what it would take to make me watch a movie that includes this as a scene. It's really hard to review this book because it has been studied, picked apart, and written about for years and years. So, I'm going to approach it as I would any book: No scholarly dissertation, no thesis, no talking about the symbolism. Ju I read this as part of a reading challenge. Just how it made me feel.
The biggest thing about this book is the fact that it is harder than hell to read. It's like decoding hieroglyphics. The language is some sort of made-up slang that will annoy the crap out of you when you start the book. And, this slang language is ridiculous. Many of the words are silly sounding and rhyming. It is supposed to be an off-shoot of Cockney Rhyming Slang. You may just want to shoot yourself in the head after a few pages.
It's like Dr. Seuss broke bad or something. Seriously annoying. The next big thing is the senseless, brutal violence in this story. There is killing, raping, and torture. It's horrible stuff. In this case, the stupid language actually helps because the words used for everything takes you a step-back from the violence.
The torture of our narrator was really the most important part of the story. Everything the book is saying comes down to whether the torture was a good thing or bad thing. This is why so much has been written about a book that calls eggs "eggiwegs".
It had better be deep if one is willing to slosh through that much annoyingness. It's like running through a Lego gauntlet. There had better be something good at the end. The version I read of this book included an extra chapter that was originally edited out of the American version of it. When I noted where it would have cut-off, I actually thought it would have been a much better story if it ended there.
I guess that means the editor understood us Americans. But, in the forward that was written by the author, he whines and bitches about the editing. He actually whined and bitched about a lot of things. He was pretty bitter about the book and about Stanley Kubrick making a buttload of money off the movie. His own protagonist would have bitch-slapped him, cut him up a bit, and raped his mother if he met his creator. Seriously, the guy was a self-important weenie.
Luckily, this author is dead, so I get to trash him without remorse.
So, would I recommend anyone reading this book? No freaking way. I just finished it and I have a headache, am slightly depressed, and will be afraid of teenagers from now on. Just skip this and read something that will make you happy. View all 25 comments. The feck?! I loved this movie as a kid a million years ago.
The book was pretty much: Although, I do love making up my own words and punctuation and shite. But still: This is going to be a challenge because I find A Clockwork Orange a tricky book. I'll start by saying that last week I read Prince of Thorns , a book about a 14 years old boy Jorg who kills, rapes and does pretty much everything he wants. This book is about a 15 years old boy Alex who rapes, kills and does pretty much everything he wants.
And to think people found Jorg disturbing. Jorg has a reason and a goal. Alex is just I guess he's just enjoying h Hmmm I guess he's just enjoying himself until he's caught and sent to prison.
In prison, he finds out about the Ludovico technique , an experimental behavior-modification treatment. Alex submits to it in exchange for his sentence being reduced. Problem is, once he's free, the simple thought of violence makes him very ill. I didn't particularly like this one because I don't really understand it. What happened to society that parents became so uninterested in their children's education? I mean a boy doesn't get like Alex if he has loving and caring parents.
And from what I got in the book, the youth violence problem was pretty much general. Where were all the adults?
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Something doesn't add up right. I don't mean that I cannot believe a year-old could be that vicious, I just don't understand why. Not my thing. Jan 31, R.
Gold rated it really liked it. The intro to this book made me awfully sad, even more so when I loved the book. The fact that this was perhaps Anthony Burgess' most memorable piece and that he was so ambivalent about it kind of twists my stomach in knots. It's why I felt so guilty giving it a perfect 5 star rating, but I really had no choice. I thought it was brilliant. The entire book had me emotionally attached. I felt angry at the world surrounding Alex and despised almost all he encountered while gnawing at the back of my The intro to this book made me awfully sad, even more so when I loved the book.
I felt angry at the world surrounding Alex and despised almost all he encountered while gnawing at the back of my mind was the unrelenting truth that he himself was a monster.
It's an outrageous thought put down on the page, which the intro also touches on, how non-human a being incapable of doing evil is and how it's just as foreign as a being of pure evil. It's a short read, I finished it in a day and a half and in my opinion a must read. View 2 comments. Love the language used and getting used to that. That title has stuck to my mind for a big part of my life, without ever making sense to me.
The only image I had in association with these words, not having seen the movie but only some references to it, was a guy forced to keep his eyes open, forced to watch horrible images of extreme violence accompanied with music so loud it made his ears bleed. I could not make sense of that title, oh no. I was afraid of that title and of the question as to what it meant.
The image of that guy strapped into a chair seemed too scary, the title too absurd to merit further thought. In my mind, it was probably just some artistic take on absurdity, and the image the result of a quest for art trying to cover up a primitive need for showing and seeing violence, for being shocked.
I could understand this being in the height of fashion at some point, but that point was long gone. I didn't need such a thing in my life, not Your Humble Reviewer, oh no.
I've tried dismissing its existence from my thoughts, but the orange, tic-tac-tocking in my brain, kept gnawing and nagging and I caved. And so it is that I decided to enter Nightmare Theatre. The first thing one notices when reading this book, or even reviews on this book, is the language. Nadsat , slang used by British youth in this hypothetical future, is influenced by English, Russian this being a dystopian British novel written in the sixties, after all and teenagers in search of identity through the appropriation of language.
Our narrator, Alex, being a molodoy malchick with his em's moloko still dripping from his rot, uses it consistently when addressing the reader, making this language inescapable. The first page may seem utterly daunting because of this, but put your mind at ease. It's not a coincidence that so many reviews chose to assimilate its words.
It's very easy to catch on, with a lot of the words being sufficiently repeated I don't think there's many novels using the word "mouth" as much as this one uses "rot" in a context that makes their meaning clear. And if you like puns, you'll find plenty in this book. My favorite one was a "symphony" being called a "seemfunnah". Well, it seemed funny to me at least. Most of the nadsat words pertain to the body and verbs of the five senses, making the image of zoobies being pulled out of one's krovvy rot a little easier to digest.
This way the subject is very fleshy, violent and bloody up-close and personal, while keeping the tone surprisingly light and distant. Anyone up for a little ultra-violent in-out-in-out? Deine Zauber binden wieder, Was die Mode streng geteilt; The theme of this book is a lot deeper than I had given it credit earlier on, and surprisingly easy to find. First consider the following key passage showing the badness of the narrator, in his own words: They don't go into the cause of goodness, so why the other shop?
If lewdies are good that's because they like it, and I wouldn't ever interfere with their pleasures, and so of the other shop. And I was patronizing the other shop. More, badness is of the self, the one, the you or me on our oddy knockies, and that self is 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 school cannot allow bad because they cannot allow the self. And is not our modern history, my brothers, the story of brave malenky selves fighting these big machines?
I am serious with you, brothers, over this. But what I do I do because I like to do. On the other hand, as he himself puts it, we have a government who doesn't want all this theft, rape and murder in its streets. Upon seeing that incarceration doesn't work, they figured out a way to brainwash criminals into being good people, or rather, good citizens, stripping them from their identity. Their method consists of some chemical treatment and also the exercise of forcing someone to look at evil without the luxury of turning away.
Without the luxury of blinking even. A punishment that even the best among the good could learn from, I would think. Now consider the following statements and questions raised by the prison chaplain: It may be horrible to be good.
And when I say that to you I realize how self-contradictory that sounds. I know I shall have many sleepless nights about this. What does God want? Does God want woodness or the choice of goodness? Is a man who chooses the bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?
If those questions aren't enough for you, oh my brothers, to sit and think hard on your own value systems, Anthony Burgess uses this amazing protagonist as a mirror for your mind, inescapable and uncomfortable. We're talking about a teenager, shown in his worst possible light. He steals, he rapes, he murders. Mercy and remorse are unknown to him.
But he likes you, the Reader. He trusts you with his innermost thoughts and feelings. In the beginning of the book I thoroughly hated the guy and couldn't wait for him to go sit in that chair. But then the questions came. If we decide to kill his mind, why not just decide to kill him whole? And how good does that make us, the good people asking themselves these horrible questions?
I don't know if it is because he went through that brainwashing treatment, meaning I would agree with it in the end, or because of the trusting, innocent tone he uses when telling his tale, but the bastard did grow on me.
The raping, murdering rascall won me over and made me shed a tear of sympathy at the close of this book.
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Watch out, my brothers, for he's good with words. His tongue is sharp but his heart is twisted.
Twisted and juicy and beating with life and wih a purity I can't help but admire and love. I have no answers here. It's all about good and evil and many men before me have pointed to the skies in exasperation, in search for an answer to these things. I'm just another guy, thankful for the questions raised, questions heard by the tic-tac-tocking orange in my chest, tic-tac-tocking without knowing a single thing but tic-tac-tocking none the less and all the more.
It also results in Alex disliking classical music. According to the chaplain, good behaviour should be a choice. Alex is released from prison, but his behavioral conditioning has left him harmless and defenseless. Among those that exact retribution are former gang members who have become policemen. Alexander, does not recognize him.
However, after coming to suspect that Alex was involved in the brutal assault, he tries to make Alex commit suicide, which he plans to blame on the government. This is the only character who is truly concerned about Alex's welfare; he is not taken seriously by Alex, though. He is nicknamed by Alex "prison charlie" or "chaplin", a pun on Charlie Chaplin. Billyboy: A rival of Alex's. Early on in the story, Alex and his droogs battle Billyboy and his droogs, which ends abruptly when the police arrive.
Later, after Alex is released from prison, Billyboy along with Dim, who like Billyboy has become a police officer rescues Alex from a mob, then subsequently beats him in a location out of town. Prison Governor: The man who decides to let Alex "choose" to be the first reformed by the Ludovico technique. The Minister of the Interior: The government high-official who determined that the Ludovico's technique will be used to cut recidivism.
He is referred to as the Inferior by Alex.
What’s it going to be then, eh?
Branom: A scientist, co-developer of the Ludovico technique. He appears friendly and almost paternal towards Alex at first, before forcing him into the theatre and what Alex calls the "chair of torture". Brodsky: Branom's colleague and co-developer of the Ludovico technique. He seems much more passive than Branom and says considerably less.
Alexander: An author who was in the process of typing his magnum opus A Clockwork Orange when Alex and his droogs broke into his house, beat him, tore up his work and then brutally gang-raped his wife, which caused her subsequent death.
He is left deeply scarred by these events and when he encounters Alex two years later, he uses him as a guinea pig in a sadistic experiment intended to prove the Ludovico technique unsound.
He is given the name Frank Alexander in the film. Cat Woman: An indirectly named woman who blocks Alex's gang's entrance scheme, and threatens to shoot Alex and set her cats on him if he does not leave.
After Alex breaks into her house, she fights with him, ordering her cats to join the melee, but reprimands Alex for fighting them off.
She sustains a fatal blow to the head during the scuffle. She is given the name Miss Weathers in the film. Background[ edit ] A Clockwork Orange was written in Hove , then a senescent seaside town.
A youth culture had grown, including coffee bars, pop music and teenage gangs. She subsequently miscarried. In Clockwork Marmalade, an essay published in the Listener in , he said that he had heard the phrase several times since that occasion.
He also explained the title in response to a question from William Everson on the television programme Camera Three in , "Well, the title has a very different meaning but only to a particular generation of London Cockneys. It's a phrase which I heard many years ago and so fell in love with, I wanted to use it, the title of the book. But the phrase itself I did not make up. The phrase "as queer as a clockwork orange" is good old East London slang and it didn't seem to me necessary to explain it.
Now, obviously, I have to give it an extra meaning. I've implied an extra dimension. I've implied the junction of the organic, the lively, the sweet — in other words, life, the orange — and the mechanical, the cold, the disciplined.
I've brought them together in this kind of oxymoron , this sour-sweet word. His second explanation was that it was a pun on the Malay word orang, meaning "man," like in Orangutan. The novella contains no other Malay words or links. This title alludes to the protagonist's negative emotional responses to feelings of evil which prevent the exercise of his free will subsequent to the administration of the Ludovico Technique.
To induce this conditioning, Alex is forced to watch scenes of violence on a screen that are systematically paired with negative physical stimulation. The negative physical stimulation takes the form of nausea and "feelings of terror," which are caused by an emetic medicine administered just before the presentation of the films. Use of slang[ edit ] Main article: Nadsat The book, narrated by Alex, contains many words in a slang argot which Burgess invented for the book, called Nadsat.
But what I do I do because I like to do.
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