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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
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Sep 10, 12

really liked it
Read from August 30 to September 10, 2012

Interesting, but mostly for Burgess' use of language. The 21st chapter completely changes what I thought this book was going to be about. I had seen Kubrick's movie, and even liked it, but was disappointed to learn that that was not the story Burgess intended. I think it serves the story much more for Alex to change on his own than to leave him a defiant, ultra-violent eighteen year old.
I remember a few of my friends in high school loving this book. Despite that, I had not read it until now. I must say that I am not sure why they liked it so much. If I hazard a guess (by putting my mind into that of an seventeen year old boy...just a second...okay, there it is) it would be the all-encompassing defiance Alex exhibits towards any sort of authority or societal mores. I fear, however, that it is the violence he unleashes upon his city at night, which, of course, is a defiance. As I read it, I tried to understand why this book is appealing to young people, but I kept thinking, "but, he's raping people and beating people." Perhaps that is the thirty-five year old who has seen more suffering than most at my age, but I'd hate to think that morality is for the aged...even the middle aged. Maybe, I am just a prude now...oh, my brothers.

A perfect ending, but perhaps more accurate would be to leave with a quote from Burgess in regards to his most popular novel. “We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.”

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“We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.”
Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange

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