A Clockwork Orange by Anthony BurgessA vicious fifteen-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic. In Anthony Burgesss 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. And 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 Burgesss introduction A Clockwork Orange Resucked.
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A Clockwork Orange , novel by Anthony Burgess , published in Set in a dismal dystopian England , it is the first-person account of a juvenile delinquent who undergoes state-sponsored psychological rehabilitation for his aberrant behaviour. The novel satirizes extreme political systems that are based on opposing models of the perfectibility or incorrigibility of humanity. Written in a futuristic slang vocabulary invented by Burgess, in part by adaptation of Russian words, it was his most original and best-known work. The novel opens in a totalitarian society where violent youths abound. Alex, the protagonist, has a passion for classical music and is a member of a vicious teen gang. At one point the group breaks into a cottage, beating a young writer and gang raping his wife, who later dies.
So the book and the film go forward together, like dysfunctional, conjoined twins. According to his biographer, Andrew Biswell, Burgess began planning a series of novels about imaginary futures in He himself liked to say he wrote the book in three weeks, to make money. Burgess had returned to Britain in after some years abroad in Malaya to find, to his dismay, that much had changed. Actually, a lot of the source material in A Clockwork Orange dates to the 40s, not the 50s or 60s. She subsequently miscarried.
In his introduction, Blake Morrison situates A Clockwork Orange within writer and went on to write a book a year up until his death in
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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 film, A Clockwork Orange is both a virtuoso performance from an electrifying prose stylist and a serious exploration of the morality of free will.
A Clockwork Orange takes place in a futuristic city governed by a repressive, totalitarian super-State. In this society, ordinary citizens have fallen into a passive stupor of complacency, blind to the insidious growth of a rampant, violent youth culture. The protagonist of the story is Alex, a fifteen-year-old boy who narrates in a teenage slang called nadsat , which incorporates elements of Russian and Cockney English. Alex leads a small gang of teenage criminals—Dim, Pete, and Georgie—through the streets, robbing and beating men and raping women. Alex and his friends spend the rest of their time at the Korova Milkbar, an establishment that serves milk laced with drugs, and a bar called the Duke of New York. Alex begins his narrative from the Korova, where the boys sit around drinking.