A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

Book - 2000
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A vicious 15-year-old hoodlum is the central character of this modern classic, first published in 1963 and later made into a Stanley Kubrick film. Contains a controversial chapter not previously published and a new introduction.
Publisher: London : Penguin Group [2000], c1962
ISBN: 9781568495118
Characteristics: 140 p. --


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May 10, 2019

I understand why the last chapter is so controversial - it seems to take away from the message the book is trying to deliver, writing off all of Alex's escapades as simply the crimes of youth.

The slang is hard to get through at first, but you do get enough context to be able to figure out what the words mean. A real horrowshow book, my brothers.

Apr 22, 2019

Not impressed, the author demands that the reader waste their time reading this. There's two themes that I've heard this book is supposed to address and butchers terribly. The idea of addressing the corruption of our youth and how society may or may not have a hand in that must be handled with research and reverence, otherwise what's the point? Just recently becoming an adult, I can say most of the time when older generations try to make us believe that they "Weep for our future", its inaccurate, unproductive, and condescending. This book takes this ignorance a step further. When you know that not even Hitler was this unrealistically evil as a youth, as far as I know, then you know you have an unrealistic villain character. This has nothing to say about the youth of the time nor the youth of today because it doesn't portray humans, let alone teens. The comments on government are lost on me due to poor execution. And the title as well as the made language, are just like the author; pretentious and uninformed.

Jan 03, 2019

Its impossible to read because of the wierd and stupid slang included at least 3 times in every sentence

Nov 25, 2018

A disturbing, poorly thought-out, baddiwad crock of cal. The author seems to say that boys will be boys and it is immoral for society to try to restrict their freedom of choice to, night after night, terrorize, rob, beat up, rape and destroy the lives of countless innocent victims. Society should just wait until these antisocial, ultra-violent, unrepentant bullies simply grow out of it.

ArapahoeKarenQB Jul 23, 2018

If you've seen the movie, great! Surprise, surprise, the book is different. Worth your time even if you've seen the film!

SPPL_Violet Mar 26, 2018

Well, my dear droogs, pour yourself some moloko and get ready for some ultra-violence. This novel examines the idea of human freedom, reformation, good vs. evil. Take this linguistic adventure and explore the intriguing social pathology of a group of vicious 15-year-olds in a violent, dystopian....future?

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

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
hope this helps

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.

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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waitingforeternity Mar 29, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

waitingforeternity Mar 29, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Aug 29, 2009

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

Aug 29, 2009

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

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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May 10, 2019

TripodSnowDog thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

Jul 02, 2016

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waitingforeternity Mar 29, 2011

waitingforeternity thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


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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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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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