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 g...more
There are horrors in this book, but there is beauty too, and so much to think about. The ends of the book justify the means of its execution, even if the same is not true of what happens in the story.
BOOK vs FILM
I saw the film first, and read the book shortly afterwards. Usually a bad idea, but in this case, being familiar with the plot and the Nadsat slang made...more
For as dark as cynical as the book is, the main point I got out of the book is that freedom of choice is more important than being good. Burgess takes the most atrocious person possible and strips him of his ability to choose until optimal vulnerability makes you agree that choosing evil is better than not choosing at all.
The obligatory warning that vague spoilers follow:
Here we have a futuristic society in which the night is overrun by you...more
The new understanding made me excited as I got the chance to reread it years after, I understood why it’s been divided to 3 parts, what’s the philosophy by passing from one part to another, how...more
I had seen the movie about 15 years ago. It was disturbing and many of the images were already so much a part of our cultural consciousness that it was at once familiar, yet disturbing. Many of the images are permanently et...more
This is a confronting novel and yet one which ultimately poses an incredibly deep question. It is to me a novel about: morality, free will, government control, human nature and good versus evil. It is an exploration of the human propensity towards evil and challenges whether a man can truly ever be good if he is forced to do so or whether by removing his choice he becomes instead something other than human. However despite this depth the premise itself is so unlikeable that unless a reader can p...more
However, I loved this book, for all the red, red krovvy and in-and-out and the ultraviolence. The dialect of Alex, your Humble Narrator, can be somewhat off-putting at first, which is something that Burgess himself admits in the introduction. But slowly you find yourself understanding the nonsense flowing so easily from his rot...more
3 sections, each containing 7 chapters, for a total of 21 chapters.
The 21st chapter was only omitted from American editions published prior to 1990, so if your edition was published after that, you should be golden.
Well, maybe golden is a subjective term because I personally found the 21st (final) chapter to be the weakest one in the book. Frankly, I applau...more
I know not all of you would get what I just said. But don't worry, no one does in the beginning. You slowly start to get the hang of it as you progress through the story narrated by the 15 year o...more
There's no way around it; everything and anything we do is violent. Including opposing violence. Looking at it...more
The twenty-chapter-long Orange takes a jaded, darkly hilarious look at government and morality. It's a bit heavy-handed—there's no room for subtlety when t...more
DONE READING...Y'all need to excuse my language for a minute.
Holy Fuck! This is the most fucked up coming of age story I have ever read. Fucked up, but fan-fucking-tastic!
I have always figured I was not an audio book kind of girl. I am not an auditory learner, so often have a hard time retaining information that I only...more
I borrowed A Clockwork Orange from Bill. I have been wanting to read this book for years, mainly because I also want to see the movie, but couldn't bear to watch it until I'd read the book. By doing so, I have left myself out of a social loophole, missed many jokes, wondered at costumes, and never knew the cryptic sources of certain band names. But despite all that I've missed in life because of it, I am still glad I read the book before I saw the movie (and sti...more
Initially I found the slang language that Alex uses very hard to come to terms with but once I managed to work it out I found this a very compelling and disturbing.This is a book that I have been meaning to read for quite some time yet never seemed to get around to it until now but perhaps a bit of maturity is no bad thing.
As a fairly law abiding (speeding tickets not included) citizen who has never felt the need (desire definately need no) to physically attack another...more
What Burgess did here was take an ugly great big stone and paint it in many wonderful colours. Merciless violence, a dystopian setting and compelling but slightly unoriginal political satire and existential angst are the great big ugly stone. Nadsat, Alex’s charm and his appreciation of Classical music are the paint. Concerning this last element: the penultimate paragraph of chapter 3 part 1 – which sees Alex lyin...more
A Clockwork Orange is about Alex, the protagonist and our Humble Narrator, and his love for violence and classical music. Dressed in the...more
An early turn-off in "A Clockwork Orange" is the dialect of the narrator, Alex, who uses a set of nadsat slang that any modern reader is likely to find confusing at first. However, readers, don't just put the book down--read on, and soon you'll find yourself understanding the words, and the experience becomes much more rewarding (yes, I...more
So I picked up a paperback of the latest edition and was interested to read Anthony Burgess’s introduction, written in 1986 (the novel came out in 1962). Normally I skip introductions. I don’t want to be told what t...more
i feel that it's essential to have the basic fundamentals of behavioral psychology under your belt in order to truly grasp the ideas in a clockwork orange, especially since this was written at a time when behaviorism was pretty much considered gospel truth (the mind is a black box, anyone?). psychologists believed that they could pretty much change who you were and what made you you just by giving you a few hefty doses of classical and operant conditioning.
because of this, i'm super super super...more
This book was mandatory reading, else I wouldn't have finished it. The violence in it, particularly the multiple rapes, is just so tough to stomach. Perhaps my gender is influencing my rating, but the front half...more
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