A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

By (author) Anthony Burgess


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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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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 142.24 x 205.74 x 25.4mm | 158.76g
  • 24 Oct 2001
  • WW Norton & Co
  • New York
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0393312836
  • 9780393312836
  • 31,404

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Anthony Burgess (1917-1993) is the author of many works, including A Clockwork Orange, The Wanting Seed, Nothing Like the Sun, Honey for the Bears, The Long Day Wanes, The Doctor Is Sick, and ReJoyce.

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"A brilliant novel... a savage satire on the distortions of the single and collective minds." "Looks like a nasty little shocker, but is really that rare thing in English letters: a philosophical novel." "I do not know of any other writer who has done as much with language as Mr. Burgess has done here - the fact that this is also a very funny book may pass unnoticed." -- William S. Burroughs "A terrifying and marvelous book." -- Roald Dahl

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Foremost in the genre, this novel uses difficult and disorientating language - Burgess's own invented teenage argot of Nadsat - to relate a story of extreme violence and moral anarchy. Four thugs run riot, until their leader, Alex, is caught, jailed and an attempt made to reform him by methods as depraved as his own. A brilliant and terrifying examination of the nature of good and evil. This was made into a controversial film by Stanley Kubrick in 1971. (Kirkus UK)

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