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 loved reading about King Arthur and Knights of the round table when I was a wee lad. Now I am older and love Game of Thrones!
Yes, the distinct language and meaning of the words throws you back, and by mid way of the story, you as a reader are interpreting what the words mean. Its like being stranded in a strange land and picking and learning a new second language.
Interesting plot, and a different technique used in telling of it. Gripping and interesting all the way thru.
Of course the lead charactor.
Its been done.
I wish Audible would have first played a glossary of terms at the beginning. I was disapointed after hearing for years about it, then the prefix was Mr. Burgess telling a bit about it, and how he wears this like an anchor around his neck, how he always has to talk about the book, which he considers was not one of his greatest work. I am sorry, but if you wrote a book, and it gets included in the top 100 reads of the century.. take it and be humbled that people chose you.
I enjoyed it, but the prefix took away from the beginning pleasure to it. I would have rather read the book, then heard his interview after the story. All in all a good book.
After reading this novella, it is easy to see why Kubrick was drawn to the material. It is cinematic in every way. Except for the age of Alex, the main character, and the ending which Kubrick likely did not know about if he only read the American version.
This work was written 50 years ago, and takes place in the future — a future that supposedly has already taken place, but perhaps has not yet come to be. And Burgess' ability to see into the future of politics, religion and correctional institutions and envision a modern day Willie Horton story with a twist makes this piece worth a listen despite the age of the material.
Malenky malchick Alex has his own language and after a few minutes you are immersed in it. I love that this book contains the missing 21st chapter as well as Burgess' introduction, "A Clockwork Orange Resucked". Having the author explain some of the intentions behind the story makes it even more ... i dunno... just MORE. This is not your typical anti hero protagonist story. The characters violently shape this story into it's own unique box. I watched the movie version right after finishing the read and was amazed at how true to the book it stayed. Very entertaining read and also it is a bit on the funny side once you get your Nadsat vocabulary in place. Careful the slovo's are addicting.
This is a classic science fiction/commentary on civilization type story in the style of the book "1984".
This is truly a classic book and should be read. It is not particularly long and worth the read. An excellent book for high school or college reading courses.
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.
What a great audiobook. I found this reading to be very well read and the characters really came to life. It is difficult with a book like this to separate authors intent from the more recognizable film depictions. Kubrick did a great job, but the last chapter in the book was far to important to have been discarded. It is violent and horrific; but, that is only one element to the story.
This book is hard to listen to, especially at the beginning. The entire book is written using old British slag and heavy accents. After a few chapters it begins to become easier to understand what the author is talking about but even towards the end of the book I found myself clueless to some of the slang. The Narrator however gives an outstanding performance in this novel. I personally didn't feel this book to be awe inspiring or thrilling in anyway. There is a lesson to be learned but it was expected from the start of the book.
It is an adventure on speech alone. There are so many made up words and words pulled from other languages that even if the story wasn't that great, it would still be fun trying to figure out what all of the bezoomny words are that they are using. It does have a very good story though. The ultraviolence can be a bit strong but there is a lot of growth for the humble narrator throughout.
A reader who loves mid-century literature and inventive fiction.
A Clockwork Orange is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to, largely due to Tom Hollander's superb narration. I tried to read this book several times but could never get beyond a few pages due to the Nadsat slang. I believe A Clockwork Orange is one of those books which is better read aloud than silently. Hollander brings this book to life, and I can FINALLY see why it is such a cultural classic.
A Clockwork Orange explores similar themes to many bildungsroman, though with a much darker plot. Thematically, I could see some 'The Catcher in the Rye' inspiration. For those who love Margaret Atwood's troubling dystopian societies, I think this would be a good fit. I could also sense some 'Darkness at Noon' and '1984' inspiration in parts.
Despite the controversy, I thought the twenty-first and final chapter was perfect. I didn't find it to be silly or superfluous or needlessly sentimental. As we grow up, our priorities change, and I think Burgess hit the nail on the head with this one.
I can't think of a better name for the book.
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