A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

A vicious fifteen-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic. In Anthony Burgess's nightmare vision of the future, where criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends' social pathology. A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. And 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 and Burgess's introduction "A Clockwork Orange Resucked."

Title:A Clockwork Orange
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780393312836
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    A Clockwork Orange Reviews

  • Martine

    A Clockwork Orange is one of those books which everyone has heard of but which few people have actually read ā€“- mostly, I think, because it is preceded by a reputation of shocking ultra-violence. Iā...

  • Cecily

    How to review an infamous book about which so much has already been said? By avoiding reading othersā€™ thoughts until Iā€™ve written mine.There are horrors in this book, but there is beauty too, and ...

  • Lyn

    "What's it going to be then, eh?" A linguistic adventure, O my brothers. I had seen the Kubrick film and so reading the novella was on the list. I very much enjoyed it, was surprised to learn that Ame...

  • Paul Bryant

    In 1960 Anthony Burgess was 43 and had written 4 novels and had a proper job teaching in the British Colonial Service in Malaya and Brunei. Then he had a collapse and the story gets complicated. But I...

  • Mario the lone bookwolf

    A classic, probably a bit overrated book and one of the rare cases in which I would say that the movie is better than the book. The most unnecessary thing was to add an extra chapter at the end that t...

  • Sean Barrs

    Rebellion can take on many forms and in A Clockwork Orange it takes on the form of language: the spoken word. All societies have their constraints, though breaking through them is often difficult. W...

  • Henry Avila

    In the near future in an Utopian socialist country, England where everyone has to work ( except the ill or old) whether the job makes any sense or not, a group of teenagers like to party without limit...

  • Jonathan Ashleigh

    This book was sweet. The way russian was used to show the distopian future was one of the coolest literary devices I have seen. Because I was so enthralled by it, I often read parts more than once to ...

  • Michael Finocchiaro

    Like many I suppose, I saw Kubrick's film long ago without having read the book until now. Part punk rock version of Finnegans Wake, part scalding criticism of UK society in the 50s, Burgess' dystopia...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    437. A Clockwork Orange ā€“ Anthony BurgessA Clockwork Orange is a dystopian novel by English writer Anthony Burgess, published in 1962. Set in a near future English society featuring a subculture of ...