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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
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Feb 07, 11

Read in February, 2011

The dystopian future found in Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange takes readers on psychological plummet into the darkest realms of the human mind. The Science Fiction fantasy nightmare follows the life of a deeply troubled young hooligan named Alex. This rebel teen and his gang of “droogs” terrorize the city. One of the more intriguing aspects of Burgess’ novel is that of nadsat, a type of Russian slang spoken by the youth. Though sometimes this slang can be hard to follow, it creates a sense of authenticity. In many ways Burgess’ novel is a fantastic commentary on psychology, government, and youth rebellion, while also raising important questions of ethics and the true nature of good and evil. Even those who have seen Stanley Kubrick’s adaption can enjoy this book, which has a drastically different ending. Most importantly, any who read A Clockwork Orange must have a strong stomach for a little bit of the “ultra violence”.
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