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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
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Nov 26, 2011

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Clockwork Orange falls into that category of classic that's more easily admired than loved, a brilliantly executed mental feat that leaves one cold but impressed. In a novel focused largely on brainwashing, Burgess cunningly uses language - in the form of his invented nadsat - to subtly mentally condition the reader. By the close of the novel, one reads "horrorshow" as "good" quite without thinking, and thus becomes complicit. Burgess has successfully altered us in a way, much as the State alters Alex. Purists may smite me, but I also think I'd've preferred the abbreviated American edit. The 21st chapter seems a near-pointless, hapless epilogue... but what do I know? I'll continue to love Burgess for translating Rostand, and not for this ultraviolent mindfuck.

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