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)
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.
This book is a classic. While the story is violent, it is one of the most beautiful works of language and vocabulary. The narrator is absolutely fantastic as the Nadsat slang using, 15 year old, ultra violent protagonist. This version contains the original 21st chapter.
I did not read the print version. I can't imagine the print version being better than this.
When he reaps what he sows.
Alex. He would be very interesting to talk with.
This is what a good reader and good book can do. Keep it up!
The need to find a dictionary with his new words in it.
The voices and easiness of the vocabulary.
I would definitely listen to A Clockwork Orange again due to it's extended vocabulary and dystopian significance. Anthony Burgess show a great amount of detail throughout the book which leaves you with a better picture of the plot than the movie.
Alex is by far my favorite character due to his mischievous ways. He is also very hurtful and cruel which makes you sick to your stomach. A great amount of detail is shown to the life of Alex and you understand why he is in the state that he's in.
I had not seen the Kubrick movie in eons and had never read the book, so I went for it. Hollander is an excellent reader and has the precise timing I think Burgess's "humble narrator" would have. This edition also includes a last chapter omitted from several previous US editions, apparently, and Burgess's Introduction, read by Hollander before starting the novel, is worth not skipping if you are interested in Kubrick's film version versus the original. I am eager to try more Burgess books -- Clockwork Orange was sort of a British, very twisted Vonnegut in style, I found.
No, but I bet they are excellent.
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