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This description may be from another edition of this product. In Anthony Burgess's influential nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, a teen who talks in a fantastically...

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6 ratings

Immersive and worth pushing through the first chapter

Interesting that no matter how much tinkering and meddling with a person’s drives and actions, it is proposed that they will come to do ‘good’ (however the hell that is defined, definitely not objectively) naturally as they age. It’s in their biology to be riotous in youth and age finely and come to contribute to society. There was never a choice, we were always acting like clockwork. A Clockwork Orange (‘orange’ is a ‘man’ in nasdat). The use of language was incredibly clever, and I’ve never seen such engaging use of words in a book before. It draws you into the narrative and mindset of Alex that you almost feel bad for the fellow. What struck me most is that it wasn’t his killings, beating, and raping that upset me the most. I felt most sick at the torturing and conditioning of Alex to State-determined values of right and wrong. Worth a second read and a third for deeper themes.

Not satisfied

The novel came with writing on some of the pages. Tried to reach out to customer service but wasn’t successful at all.

Such a phenomenal book

If you like books that make you think and that don't end where the last page is, this is a book for you. Will definitely check out more by Anthony Burgess.

Morality is tied into every aspect

If you enjoy something abit different from the norm, this is the book for you. The Author will keep you on the edge of your seat, this one will make you want to keep reading. I bought this book for an English class and I have not put it down since! Only 4 stars due to the first couple of pages missing.

And all that cal

A Clockwork Orange is the story of good and evil and the value of choice. The main character, is a 15 year old lad named Alex whose life consists of crime, cruelty, and recklessness. After being betrayed by an accomplice, he is sentenced to prison where he volunteers for a program that corrects the seemingly uncorrectable. Only then does he being to suffer the consequences of his crash and burn lifestyle. A Clockwork Orange is what I believe to be a fabulous novel. It may confuse a reader at the start because of the language, but its not that hard to understand the slang dialect if you have a firm grasp on English and are a few pages into the book. Also, one must be patient when reading it because the main ideas aren't revealed until later in the novel. There is a lot of building up the characters before hand, which is valuable information but may bore those who are already have a distaste for the book's violent nature. I also highly recommend that you read the British version because the last or 21st chapter is quite important. Anyways, the book is more oriented those who can see past the gore and sex and can grasp the main ideas the author is trying to convey through a clockwork orange.

A Journey into places you dare not look...

A Clockwork Orange is by far the best book i have ever read. even if you have seen the movie, read the book. It takes place in london in the not-so-distant future. The main character, Alex, is the leader of a gang of four teenagers, who run a muck, breaking into people's houses, beating people up, etc. alex runs into trouble, and is thrown in jail, where the government gives him horrific punishment.... anyway, enough of the plot. alex and his "droogs" speak a kind of Russified english, which they called "Nadsat" (russian for "teen"). The novel has no glossary, although nadsat is laced thickly throughout the entire book. this was not a problem for me because i speak russian, but i imagine that this book would be a very difficult read for someone who does not. but hey, if you cant, you can download a "nadsat translator". overall, a clockwork orange is a visciously bizzarre, violent, hilarious, intruiging book that asks the reader "is a person who does not have the option of evil really good?". a clockwork orange is the best book ever written because it breaks free of ordinary book structure. the main character is not very heroic, and is actually very dispicable. the book has very unexpected twists in it, so reader never knows what to expect. anyway, read it- it is not something you will soon forget.

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A Clockwork Orange in Creative Linguistics: Novels Introducing a Novel Tongue
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Published by Ashly Moore Sheldon • July 01, 2021

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