A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Most people know this title from the iconic Stanley Kubrick film but, as always seems to be the case, I always hear some variation of “if you like that, you should read the book!” Now for some bedtime reading and to see if there’s anything to that.
A vicious fifteen-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic. In Anthony Burgess’s nightmare vision of the future, where the 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.”
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