A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. When the state undertakes to reform Alex to "redeem" him, the novel asks, "At what cost?"
This edition includes the controversial last chapter not published in the first edition, as well as Burgess' introduction, "A Clockwork Orange Resucked".
©1962, 1986 The Estate of Anthony Burgess; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
"I do not know of any other writer who has done as much with language as Mr. Burgess has done here - the fact that this is also a very funny book may pass unnoticed." (William S. Burroughs)
I was a little apprehensive about picking up this book because of the sociopathic violent weirdness I had heard about. I was pleasantly surprised at how well written and narrated it is! Very horrorshow! Which, by the way is just a slangily anglicized Russian word "horosho"- good! I was several chapters into the book before I realized that, and it slowly dawned on me that I understood 99% of Alex's slang, because it is mostly picked up from Russian. Very cleverly disguised and humorous for the most part. chellovek = "vek" = man. adinoky = alone. moloko=milk. platies=dress, or clothes, used loosely. karman=pocket. And so on and on. Great listen! I only give 4 stars because the subject matter is really not my chashka of chai (cup of tea).
Welly welly welly welly welly well.. What a fine piece of work.
As a twelve year old I found this book under my aunts bed and of course, went straight to the photos in the middle. Years later I vidded the flick and was fascinated.
I thoroughly enjoyed listneing to this, after watching the movie a million times over the last 25 years. The final chapter makes so much sense
Loved this title...unfortunately I saw the Stanley Kubrick adaptation film before I read it...but to my surprise I enjoyed the book much more than the film...a real mind blowing experience.
4th out of the 17 audio books i have listened to
hard to compare to other books because it is so characteristic and unique.
when he was fighting with the old woman in her house before he was arrested
the scene where the main character returns to the house that he victimized in the past
Speculative fiction is my genre. Narrative voice (the voice the author wrote the tale in) is very important to me. I love good dialogue.
Sure. It's a fun read that tackles an interesting theme, and the language is a joy to listen to (although it gets a bit repetitive). I actually had an easier time listening to it than I did trying to read it several years ago.
Alex. When a writer can get you to sympathize with a scumbag, you know you've just read something good.
Amazing reader who brought this story to life. Had tired to read before but was so tripped up by the new language Burgess created for the character Alex that I could not get into it and gave up. But Hollander speaks it with such clarity creating depth and understanding to this masterpiece! It was utterly brilliant heard read out loud!
The "humble narrator" is incredible in this reading. He really brings the dialect to life.
I have not read the print version but I would have probably enjoyed it better. There were too many slang words being said that I don't know how to spell so I can't look them up. Hearing a really British accent saying British slang didn't make for easy listening.
I really liked the descriptions of the clothes and fashion of the era.
This was my first time listening to Tom Hollander. He did a great job of bringing an excitement to the narration that fit the storyline.
Clearly it would be Alex. Although lethal, he'd be fun to talk about music with.
The last hour of the narration is of the author reading 3 chapters from the book. So the actual story isn't as long as described. It also has a pretty long introduction that is important to hear because it tells the listener an important fact about the end of the UK novel, US novel, and film.
I travel the country setting up at comic, toy, sci-fi, and horror conventions. Audiobooks help with the travels.
That i knew the movie really well and how close some of the dialogue matched made it even better. The narrator was awesome.
No i haven't
Stanley did it.
Marvelous vocal performance by Tom Hollander. Alex is the ultimate unreliable narrator though, so I think I would hear something new in the story each time I listened to it.
Burgess takes you completely inside little Alex's head, until his language, which is a strain to follow to begin with, becomes familiar and logical.
Alex is outstanding, but the accent and persona Tom gave the prison chaplain made me laugh, and brought a character I had not paid a lot of attention to when I read the book, to the forefront.
In the introduction of the edition that Tom reads, Anthony Burgess explains why there is a different ending to the novel than those who have only seen the film would expect, and expresses his disagreement with Kubrick's decision to end the story where he did. I must admit that I found the chapter that Kubrick decided to omit hard to believe, given what came before, and I felt it to be the weakest part of the book. I'm not saying that Alex would not grow up in some way, but his rumination on the topic ultimately came across as twee, not consistent with the narrator we had come to know.
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