A Clockwork OrangeBook - 1998
Anthony Burgess's stage play of his infamous cult novel and film of the same name.
Alex and his vicious teenage gang revel in horrific violence, mugging and gang rape. Alex also revels in the music of Beethoven. The Gang communicates in a language which is as complicated as their actions. When a drug-fuelled night of fun ends in murder, Alex is finally busted and banged up. He is given a choice - be brainwashed into good citizenship and set free, or face a lifetime inside.
Anthony Burgess's play with music, based on his own provocative 1962 novella of the same name, was first published in 1987. A Clockwork Orange was made into a film classic by Stanley Kubrick in 1971 and was dramatizes by the RSC in 1990.
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1990—One of several books challenged by a parent group in Essex County (ON).
None of the books were withdrawn from the high school reading list as a result of the protest.
Presents Burgess' satire of the present inhumanity of man to man through a futuristic culture where teenagers rule with violence.
Fifteen-year-old Alex leads a violent criminal life in a nightmarish future. The State puts a stop to his actions and forces Alex into a “re-education” program. But what will his re-education mean?
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A Clockwork Orange is set in a dystopian society where teenage criminals terrorize the city at night. Alex, only 15 years old, is imprisoned and later offered his freedom following a questionable new "cure" for his violent nature.
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Then I looked at its top sheet, and there was the name-- A CLOCKWORK ORANGE-- and I said: "That's a fair gloopy title. Who ever heard of a clockwork orange?" Then I read a malenky bit out loud in a sort of very high type preaching goloss: '--The attempt to impose upon man, a creature of growth and capable of sweetness, to ooze juicily at the last round the bearded lips of God, to attempt to impose, I say, laws and conditions appropriate to a mechanical creation, against this I raise my swordpen--'
Badness is of the self, the one, the you or me on our oddy knockies, and that self if made by old Bog or God and is his great pride and radosty. But the not-self cannot have the bad, meaning they of the government and the judges and the schools cannot allow the bad because they cannot allow the self.