A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

Book - 1986
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Told through a central character, Alex, the disturbing novel creates an alarming futuristic vision of violence, high technology, and authoritarianism. A modern classic of youthful violence and social redemption set in a dismal dystopia whereby a juvenile deliquent undergoes state-sponsored psychological rehabilitation for his aberrant behavior.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, c1986
ISBN: 9780393312836
Branch Call Number: FICTION BURGESS 1986
Characteristics: xv, 213 p. ; 21 cm


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Nov 25, 2018

A disturbing, poorly thought-out, baddiwad crock of cal. The author seems to say that boys will be boys and it is immoral for society to try to restrict their freedom of choice to, night after night, terrorize, rob, beat up, rape and destroy the lives of countless innocent victims. Society should just wait until these antisocial, ultra-violent, unrepentant bullies simply grow out of it.

ArapahoeKarenQB Jul 23, 2018

If you've seen the movie, great! Surprise, surprise, the book is different. Worth your time even if you've seen the film!

SPPL_Violet Mar 26, 2018

Well, my dear droogs, pour yourself some moloko and get ready for some ultra-violence. This novel examines the idea of human freedom, reformation, good vs. evil. Take this linguistic adventure and explore the intriguing social pathology of a group of vicious 15-year-olds in a violent, dystopian....future?

Jan 23, 2018

I love this book. It gives a realistic view of the future, and it's possible darker societal changes that can be seen today, roughly 50 years after the book was first published. It includes the British ending, which is the way the book is supposed to end, compared to the lesser philosophical Kubrick ending that the U.S. was initially given. I will read this book dozens of times over, just because i enjoy Alex's charismatic and vulgar demeanor to provide more depth, reality, and complexity than anything found in modern media's characterization of the rebellious teenager. The story criticizes socialism, democracy at times, meanwhile pointing out our flaws as human beings to appreciate the arts of past generations, with just the right amount of satirical humor to keep the reader invested. It's a hard book to read, yet i challenge you to put it down after reading the first page. This book is a work of art. Thank you Anthony Burgess

Dec 15, 2017

nice book, but to understand it you have to use https://www.dcs.k12.oh.us/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=4477&dataid=9022&FileName=AP%20-%20Clockwork%20Orange%20-%20Nadsat%20Dictionary.pdf
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Dec 02, 2017

Mugging, robbery, breaking in, rape, pedophilia(!) and beating.
I went into this novel, expecting the main character to be committing crimes, from beginning to end.

While the slang was a bit bizarre to me at first, it didn't entirely confuse me as to what was going on. I eventually got the hang of what most of the words meant as I went along.

Knowing that Alex was an awful person - which I questioned whilst reading, 'What made you this way??!' - I was prepared not to feel sorry for him once he got arrested. But as the second half of the novel wore on, no matter how hard I tried, I actually started to sympathize. Even as I reminded myself to what he did earlier in the book, it still couldn't be helped (I think the fact that he's so young was also a factor)! I actually wanted Alex to be happy!
He's a literary character who will stay with me forever, just like Damien Karras from The Exorcist (albeit for different reasons).

Even though this isn't very long, there's so much going on! After I finished it, I decided to re-read several scenes again, to get a better understanding with the slang and characters.

Oct 12, 2017

This was an interesting read! The slang made this not only a fun read, but a challenge that drives you to read more. Short book, thought-provoking, and you may benefit from using an online English-Nadsat dictionary next to you. All the boundaries are crossed with A Clockwork Orange.

Jul 02, 2016

A truly amazing book.

Jan 07, 2016

Interesting book, although reading it when I was 14, I was confused by the language. I think if you have watched the film there is a better understanding of the novel.

Aug 17, 2015

A terrifying world created by Burgess, where the threat feels palpable and real.

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waitingforeternity Mar 29, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

waitingforeternity Mar 29, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Aug 29, 2009

Violence: a wee bit o' the old "ultra-violence".

Aug 29, 2009

Sexual Content: some o' the ol' "in-out, in-out".

Aug 29, 2009

Coarse Language: p.s. The book contains many words in a slang argot which Burgess invented for the book, called Nadsat. It is a mix of modified Slavic words a rhyming slang, derived Russian, and words invented by Burgess himself. So don't get your 'soomkas' in a bunch.


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Jul 02, 2016

LonelyOwl thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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waitingforeternity Mar 29, 2011

waitingforeternity thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


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Jun 16, 2013

A Clockwork Orange is set in a dystopian society where teenage criminals terrorize the city at night. Alex, only 15 years old, is imprisoned and later offered his freedom following a questionable new "cure" for his violent nature.

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

Alex is a sadistic criminal. Raping, assaulting and robbing are part of his daily routine. When he is caught he is subjected to extreme mind conditioning which leaves him vulnerable to his previous victims.


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Oct 03, 2011

Badness is of the self, the one, the you or me on our oddy knockies, and that self if made by old Bog or God and is his great pride and radosty. But the not-self cannot have the bad, meaning they of the government and the judges and the schools cannot allow the bad because they cannot allow the self.

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