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)
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
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).
It's been several years since I read this book in both forms (U.S. and U.K. versions). Listening to this audiobook brings back memories of why I love it so much.
To begin with, it is incredibly well written, and of course is an excellent story... I consider this a must read. Our humble narrator (Tom Hollander) is absolutely perfect as Alex! His accent is perfect, and he does the other voices well, too. The way he blends the definitions of the made-up teen slang (Nadsat) is natural rather than disruptive. I don't think there could be a better narrator for this book. He roped me in and mesmerized me. I couldn't put my iPod down until it was finished (and I've read both versions of the book many times).
If you haven't read the book but have seen the movie, you should get this audiobook. The last chapter, omitted from the movie and the book's original U.S. release and for many years of reprints after, changes the book into a wonderful work of literature.
Tom Hollander does a wonderful job of narrating this book, giving almost every cheracter in the book a unique voice and personality beyond just what the book provides. Anthony Burgess made a great book, although it not being for the feint of heart considering it is far more mature than the movie, which I watched before I listened to the book. Absolutely enjoyed this classic, and would recommend it up and down.
This story is very well written and extermely well preformed. I wish i could deduct less than i full star because my only complaint is that the slang that Alew uses can make it a bit difficult to visualze at times. I recommed just pay close attention to how the words are used early on. I would recommended this book to everyone 15+
There were times during the story where I had to pull out my headphones and just laugh. Ironically, if this story is taken at face value, there are no laughing matters, rape and murder, lots of deviant things and nasty situations, abound throughout. It is just written in such a way that I could not help but laugh. I don't know if dark comedy was intended but it was achieved with me. After finishing this book and moving on to the next, I kept thinking about nasdat, droogs and ultraviolence. This may become my favorite novel of all time. I can't wait to read it over and over again.The narrator is spot on two. Don't worry about the weird language, its fictional, there is a dictionary online, but comes easy as you listen to it.
ACTUAL RATING: 4.5/5 stars
ROUNDED RATING: 5/5 stars
A Clockwork Orange, from Anthony Burgess, is set in the not-too distant future (I guess now the past), and chronicles the life of its "humble narrator," Alexander. I have yet to see the movie, but the book, which includes the 21st and most essential chapter, is a masterpiece.
Alex is a murderous, raping hoodlum in the first part of the book, seemingly without much of a conscious. He could be aptly compared to Marlo Stansfield, from David Simon's HBO series "The Wire," except that he may come off a tad bit smarter and wittier. We are exposed to all of Alex's crimes, with his "droogs," or friends, as he steals from others, kills people, and rapes 10 year old girls.
If this last paragraph scares you off from reading the story, I would advise you to read the rest of my review, as the story is not as raw or vicious as it might sound. As you may have heard, Burgess created his own register, or slang, called "Nasdat," for Alex to use. This is the modern slang spoken by hoodlums at the time. While we are privy to all of these immoral and unspeakable crimes, they are deftly explained in this slang, so; as it turns out, in the first part of the book, we are not focusing as much on Alex and his crimes, but rather the language he uses. This device softens the impact and horribleness of what takes place, and almost allows the reader to sympathize with Alex and see things from his perspective. If not for this, the opening part may be too hardened for most to read.
I will not explain in detail what happens throughout the rest of the book, as you can read it to find out, but I will comment on the most important feature of the book. After Alex goes to prison, and is reformed against his own wishes, and then used by an anti-government author and his friend, we see Alex back on the street, with new droogs, committing, the same types of awful crimes we were subjected to in the first part of the novel. As some of you may know, the New York publisher of the book omitted the final chapter of the book, which detailed Alex's change of heart towards crime and violence, and prepared him to look for a wife and to have a son; as he deemed it unrealistic given the pretext of the rest of the novel. I disagree; I do not find it at all unrealistic to see Alex change his ways. One of the main themes of the novel is the concept of juvenile delinquency. The 21st chapter (a homage to the adult age of 21), shows that Alex is capable of evolving; that he is indeed grown up. This theme of juvenile delinquency is echoed by the fact that Alex reflects that his own son will likely grow up to be a hoodlum like Alex was, and there is nothing Alex can do to stop it. This final chapter solidifies A Clockwork Orange as a masterpiece; showing the perilous condition of the adolescent, while also commenting that he is able to evolve and mature into someone and something better.
To slooshy this audio edition of A Clockwork Orange, o my brothers, is to slooshy it well. It's fun, it's flip and it's bezoomney horrorshow. If you can pony it, you shall think it well and dorogoy as it fillys upon your mozg. Waste not a minoota, o droogs. Every slovo will bring a smeck to the rot of any chelloveck. Choodesney, hound-and-horny, nadsat and real, real horrorshow, oh my brothers.
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