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 wanted to love this book. I liked this book but I definitely didn't love it. The topic, setting, and characters sounded right up my alley. I think the execution of this story falls short. Of course the somewhat alternate language makes it hard to relate but I don't think that's what put me off. I think the story isn't well paced. I found certain parts to last too long, while other somewhat important parts were glazed through. To be honest I can't quite put my finger on my full issue with this book, it just didn't pull me in enough.
A Clockwork Orange is a fascinating exploration of the moral decisions faced by culture.
Prepare yourself to be subtly charmed and horrified by the protagonist. The author shines light on some compelling ethical and political realities that modern cultures struggle with and embraces absurdity in a very existential manner. (The protagonist, while believing himself to be existentially responsible, betrays those values at key moments. Make of it what you will.)
I found the ending to be somewhat Pollyanna. I was expecting the satisfying bashing of idealism or the emptiness of a tragic conclusion. The author did neither of these and I found his ending to be rather trite following the questions the book has addressed head on in the story.
I would, however, recommend it to anyone. There's much to be found here if you are willing to plumb the ethical and philosophical depths as you think back on it.
The reader's performance is top notch! I'll be looking for other performances by him.
Absolutely. The narrator was fantastic and the story was fast-paced and relentless. I loved the use of Russian words (but I speak Russian so it was more fun for me than I imagine it would be for most others) and the final chapter.
I don't think I've ever read anything quite like this before. It was required for a class and far outside my comfort zone.
I loved his accent and his (in places) monotone style. It was ironic.
"Might Just Change Your Perspective on Teenage Boys"
It was cool. I learned quite a bit from this book.
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
NOT PLAIN ENGLISH
I HAD NO FAVE.
IT MUST BE HARD TALKING IN CODE ENGLISH. TOOK A WILE TO FIGURE THINGS OUT.
ALEX'S PARENTS AND ASK THEM WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO HAVE A SON LIKE ALEX THEY WERE AFRAID OF HIM.
IT WOULD BE MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE WITH PLAIN ENGLISH. IT WAS QUITE VIOLENT. I WOULD LIKE TO UNDERSTAND WHY THESE KIDS WERE SO SADISTIC.
Yes, but only because it added to my book collection. And it got me introduced to Audible
Displeased and let down. I expected a better ending, especially with the controversy between 20 versus 21 chapters was mentioned. Honestly I didn't like either ending.
Definitely the main character. He really brought him to life; loved the accent and made the times feel real.
Well I know it's already been made into a movie. I've never seen it however but I am now curious to view it because hopefully it will be better than the book.
This story has always been one of my number ones. I read this back in my high school days but had to see the movie to understand it. The narrator did an exceptional job giving you a visual of the characters and situations just by the inflictions in his voice. He also did an amazing job capturing each character's personality when doing their voices.
Alex, of course. He's the villain, hero AND victim
Genius, addictive, and timeless.
The introduction and everything that followed.
Mr. Hollander WAS "Alex, the narrator." His narration was comparable to Malcolm McDowell's narration in Stanley Kubrick's masterful rendering of the movie. Most importantly, I was better able to understand the unique mixture of languages used much more easily than when I watched the movie (multiple times; I own it). The Audible.com version of the book allowed me to easily follow the unique mixture of languages because I was able to understand the context in which they were used. I haven't finished listening to this captivating book, but can't wait to hear the 21st chapter that was omitted from the movie.
No; I wanted to savor it. I don't want it to end.
By far, the best book I have ever listened to!
This had been on my list of dystopias for a while, and I'm glad I finally got around to reading it. It has great social commentary about free will and the nature of what it means to be human, as well as questioning how far society is willing to go in the name of personal security. I must say, what I loved best was the way Burgess crafted the Nadsat slang, and Tom Hollander's performance really made it shine in a way that simply reading the book just couldn't do, and the bits of classical music interspersed added to the effect. What's it going to be then, eh? A horrorshow performance if ever there was one me droogs!
This narrator and book blew me away. The narrator has the patter down so well that the book is a narrative poem. The writing is existential and fatalistic while not being morose. It's a lighthearted telling of tragedy with exquisite language and imagery.
This edition includes the 21st chapter which is crucial at climaxing the existential crisis and is not a sellout. It is no Walt Disney redemption.
This edition also includes an intro and 3 chapters read by the author.
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