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A Clockwork Orange (Paperback)
  • A Clockwork Orange (Paperback)
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Paperback Published: 24/02/2000
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Anthony Burgess' 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' 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' 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". "I do not know of any other writer who has done as much with language...a very funny book." (William S. Burroughs).

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141182605

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“Thought-provoking!”

I loved this book. I was a bit hesitant to read it because I knew it was written using Nadsat, a sort of slang created by Burgess for the novel. However I got used to this quickly; the words are easy to understand... More

21st January 2014
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“Outstanding”

A Clockwork Orange is undoubtedly one of the greatest books I have ever read. Burgess is masterful in his use of language and creation of a deeply disturbing vision of the future.
Although I know a great many people... More

21st September 2010
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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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