A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

Book - 1998
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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.

Publisher: London : Methuen, 1998
ISBN: 9780413735904
0413735907
Branch Call Number: 822 BUR
Characteristics: x, 52 p. : music ; 20 cm

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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None of the books were withdrawn from the high school reading list as a result of the protest.

List - The Handmaid's Tale
WVMLlibrarian May 19, 2017

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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TheeAvebury
Jan 23, 2018

I love this book. It gives a realistic view of the future, and it's possible darker societal changes that can be seen today, roughly 50 years after the book was first published. It includes the British ending, which is the way the book is supposed to end, compared to the lesser philosophical Kubrick ending that the U.S. was initially given. I will read this book dozens of times over, just because i enjoy Alex's charismatic and vulgar demeanor to provide more depth, reality, and complexity than anything found in modern media's characterization of the rebellious teenager. The story criticizes socialism, democracy at times, meanwhile pointing out our flaws as human beings to appreciate the arts of past generations, with just the right amount of satirical humor to keep the reader invested. It's a hard book to read, yet i challenge you to put it down after reading the first page. This book is a work of art. Thank you Anthony Burgess

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TIGERXIE
Dec 15, 2017

nice book, but to understand it you have to use https://www.dcs.k12.oh.us/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=4477&dataid=9022&FileName=AP%20-%20Clockwork%20Orange%20-%20Nadsat%20Dictionary.pdf
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green_cat_1952
Dec 02, 2017

Mugging, robbery, breaking in, rape, pedophilia(!) and beating.
I went into this novel, expecting the main character to be committing crimes, from beginning to end.

While the slang was a bit bizarre to me at first, it didn't entirely confuse me as to what was going on. I eventually got the hang of what most of the words meant as I went along.

Knowing that Alex was an awful person - which I questioned whilst reading, 'What made you this way??!' - I was prepared not to feel sorry for him once he got arrested. But as the second half of the novel wore on, no matter how hard I tried, I actually started to sympathize. Even as I reminded myself to what he did earlier in the book, it still couldn't be helped (I think the fact that he's so young was also a factor)! I actually wanted Alex to be happy!
He's a literary character who will stay with me forever, just like Damien Karras from The Exorcist (albeit for different reasons).

Even though this isn't very long, there's so much going on! After I finished it, I decided to re-read several scenes again, to get a better understanding with the slang and characters.

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mattstrelau
Oct 12, 2017

This was an interesting read! The slang made this not only a fun read, but a challenge that drives you to read more. Short book, thought-provoking, and you may benefit from using an online English-Nadsat dictionary next to you. All the boundaries are crossed with A Clockwork Orange.

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LonelyOwl
Jul 02, 2016

A truly amazing book.

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xBunnyCouturex
Jan 07, 2016

Interesting book, although reading it when I was 14, I was confused by the language. I think if you have watched the film there is a better understanding of the novel.

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Middle Town
Aug 17, 2015

A terrifying world created by Burgess, where the threat feels palpable and real.

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niqikrystine
Jun 14, 2015

Horrifically good! Stunning commentary on people in general. Oh my!

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peasworth
Feb 08, 2015

Rivers of red, all horrorshow and viddy like. A fast paced short read with great style.
This ones a keeper.

Marinetti Feb 04, 2015

A classic novel.

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waitingforeternity Mar 29, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

waitingforeternity Mar 29, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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DavidB
Aug 29, 2009

Violence: a wee bit o' the old "ultra-violence".

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DavidB
Aug 29, 2009

Sexual Content: some o' the ol' "in-out, in-out".

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DavidB
Aug 29, 2009

Coarse Language: p.s. The book contains many words in a slang argot which Burgess invented for the book, called Nadsat. It is a mix of modified Slavic words a rhyming slang, derived Russian, and words invented by Burgess himself. So don't get your 'soomkas' in a bunch.

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LonelyOwl
Jul 02, 2016

LonelyOwl thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

twilightsparkleswirl thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

waitingforeternity Mar 29, 2011

waitingforeternity thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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ddmyres
Jun 16, 2013

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.

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

Alex is a sadistic criminal. Raping, assaulting and robbing are part of his daily routine. When he is caught he is subjected to extreme mind conditioning which leaves him vulnerable to his previous victims.

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LazyNeko
Mar 02, 2012

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--'

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misscatastrophe
Oct 03, 2011

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.

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