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A Clockwork Orange - Penguin Decades (Paperback)
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A Clockwork Orange - Penguin Decades (Paperback)

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Paperback 176 Pages / Published: 24/02/2000
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A short, scalpel sharp novel, A Clockwork Orange takes the totalitarianism of Orwell and ramps up the nihilism and ultraviolence. Alex and his teenage droogs rampage around a futuristic dystopia, committing appalling acts of brutal cruelty. The unfolding story unpacks issues of social conditioning and psychopathy with infinite style.

Anthony Burgess's nightmare vision of a society overrun by nihilistic violence and governed by a menacing totalitarian state, A Clockwork Orange includes an introduction by Blake Morrison in Penguin Modern Classics.

Fifteen-year-old Alex doesn't just like ultra-violence - he also enjoys rape, drugs and Beethoven's ninth. He and his gang of droogs rampage through a dystopian future, hunting for terrible thrills. But when Alex finds himself at the mercy of the state and subject to the ministrations of Dr Brodsky, and the mind-altering treatment of the Ludovico Technique, he discovers that fun is no longer the order of the day. The basis for Stanley Kubrick's notorious 1971 film, A Clockwork Orange is both a virtuoso performance from an electrifying prose stylist and a serious exploration of the morality of free will.

In his introduction, Blake Morrison situates A Clockwork Orange within the context of Anthony Burgess's many other works, explores the author's unhappiness with the Stanley Kubrick film version, analyses the composition of the Nadsat argot spoken by Alex and his droogs, and examines the influences on Burgess's unique, eternally original style.

Anthony Burgess (1917-93) was born in Manchester in 1917. From 1954 to 1960 he was stationed in Malaysia as an education officer - during this time he started writing The Malayan Trilogy. Diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in 1959, Burgess became a full-time writer and went on to write a book a year up until his death in 1993. His many works include: The Complete Enderby, Tremor of Intent, The Kingdom of the Wicked and A Clockwork Orange.

If you enjoyed A Clockwork Orange, you might like Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141182605
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 134 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 10 mm

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“A Clockwork Orange”

I had to read this book for AS English Literature.

I must admit at first I did struggle to like this book because I didn't like the narrator's character seeing as he was incredibly violent. However, I did... More

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“Incredibly entertaining”

I normally steer away from books which involve alterative languages, but I found myself picking up the narrative from the start, finding it incredibly amusing and disturbing at the same time. This was an intelligent... More

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“A Clockwork Orange”

I have to say the novel is better than the film, I want to make that clear before the main body of this review. However both the book and film are flawed. Anthony Burgess has written a grim, nightmarish novel where... More

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