Monday, October 29, 2012

A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

Barnes & Noble

A vicious fifteen-year-old "droog" is the central character of this 1963 classic, whose stark terror was captured in Stanley Kubrick's magnificent film of the same title. 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. 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."

What an intense novel. I really wish I had read this in high school, because I know I would have been able to write a kick-ass book report. I need to convince my book club to read this so I can talk about it more.

I have so many conflicting feelings about Our Humble Narrator and I need more time to sort them all out. I was horrified at all of the violence; I certainly don't need "vitamins" in order to make good decisions. 

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