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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
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Feb 21, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: literature, speculative, society
Read from March 25 to April 03, 2010

I loved the Stanley Kubrick movie, and I've been meaning to read this for ages. Well, I finally got around to it and it was fabulous.

It starts out with full-on slang, nadsat speech by the teens of the world. It's a bit difficult to grok in the first chapter or so, which is heavy in it. But it's done such that you get to understand it without it being explained. Once I got the hang of it, I enjoyed it.

The writing itself is very well done. The book is well balanced as a whole.

The story itself was pretty good, too. It's a good counterpoint to the coming-of-age stories usually seen. And, really, I do like the extended ending (21st chapter). It works without it, but it rounds out the book much better with it.

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message 1: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Sklar This is one of my favorite books, simply for the language aspect.

Amos There is definitely language. I've just started, and I'm still getting into the groove. That it's understandable at all is quite surprising, it's very well done.

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