Penguin Essentials A Clockwork Orange

Penguin Essentials A Clockwork Orange

Mass Market Paperback | May 17, 2011

byAnthony Burgess

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A Clockwork Orange is the daring and electrifying book by Anthony Burgess that inspired one of the most notorious films ever made, beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range. 'What's it going to be then, eh?' In this nightmare vision of youth in revolt, fifteen-year-old Alex and his friends set out on a diabolical orgy of robbery, rape, torture and murder. Alex is jailed for his teenage delinquency and the State tries to reform him - but at what cost? Social prophecy? Black comedy? Study of freewill? A Clockwork Orange is all of these. It is also a dazzling experiment in language, as Burgess creates a new language - 'nadsat', the teenage slang of a not-too-distant future. 'Every generation should discover this book' Time Out 'A gruesomely witty cautionary tale' Time 'Not only about man's violent nature and his capacity to choose between good and evil. It is about the excitements and intoxicating effects of language' Daily Telegraph 'I do not know of any other writer who has done as much with language...a very funny book' William S. Burroughs 'One of the cleverest and most original writers of his generation' The Times Anthony Burgess was born in Manchester in 1917. He studied English at Manchester University and joined the army in 1940 where he spent six years in the Education Corps. After demobilization, he worked first as a college lecturer in Speech and Drama and then as a grammar-school master before becoming an education officer in the Colonial Service, stationed in Malay and Borneo. In 1959 Burgess was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour and decided to become a full-time writer. Despite being given less than a year to live, Burgess went on to write at least a book a year - including A Clockwork Orange (1962), M/F (1971), Man of Nazareth (1979), Earthly Powers (1980) and The Kingdom of the Wicked (1985) - and hundreds of book reviews right up until his death. He was also a prolific composer and produced many full-scale works for orchestra and other media during his lifetime. Anthony Burgess died in 1993.

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A Clockwork Orange is the daring and electrifying book by Anthony Burgess that inspired one of the most notorious films ever made, beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range. 'What's it going to be then, eh?' In this nightmare vision of youth in revolt, fifteen-year-old Alex and his friends set out on a diabolical...

Anthony Burgess was born in Manchester in 1917. He studied English at Manchester University and joined the army in 1940 where he spent six years in the Education Corps. After demobilization, he worked first as a college lecturer in Speech and Drama and then as a grammar-school master before becoming an education officer in the Colonial...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.12 × 4.36 × 0.38 inPublished:May 17, 2011Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0241951445

ISBN - 13:9780241951446

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from It helped that I watched the movie first for once. It definitely helped that I watched the movie before reading the book. The nadsat language used throughout the story is hard to grasp at first. Thankfully, I was able to understand the gist of what scene the book was at because of the film. That being said, once I was about half way through the book, I had become used to the slang language and was able to understand a lot quicker. If you have seen the movie you know that it is very disturbing and hard to watch. The book is only slightly less disturbing and I believe that is because the movie provides you with visuals and music all mashed together to give you an uneasy feeling. I still can't decide whether or not I liked the ending, which was different from the movie. I like both endings for different reasons. Overall, if you liked the movie you will like the book...just give yourself a chance to get a grasp on the nadsat slang!
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Unbelievably Original and Important Novel I finally got around to reading Anthony Burgess’ disturbing dystopian novel “A Clockwork Orange” recently and was completely floored by its incredible originally, and yet, its all too familiar description of a mindlessly violent and amoral sub-society of youths infringing upon the lives of good honest hard-working people. Narrated by Alex, a 14 year old youth of obvious intelligence, with a love of classical musical…and a vicious bent toward mayhem and murder, the novel is written in a sort of street-slang language that takes the reader a few pages to get used to, but is well worth the trouble. One night Alex and his gang embark on a violent crime spree and, having completely gotten away with their hideous acts, repeat the violence the following evening. However, there is no honor amongst criminals, and our young narrator soon finds himself incarcerated after being abandoned while committing a homicide. But the overcrowded prison is far from a rehabilitative experience for Alex, and before long he has killed again. He appears to be a lost case, but because of his young age he is singled out by the authorities to be their first ever subject to go through a radical reconditioning experiment thought to completely reverse one's predisposition towards violence. The process is brutal, and Alex is a changed man...or is he? This novel is the basis of the even more famous movie of the same name directed by Stanley Kubrick. Interestingly, Kubrick elected to faithfully follow the U.S. version of the novel, which had 20 chapters, and not the U.K. version, which contained an additional chapter. This final chapter is significant, in that it has an older and wiser Alex now starting to see some folly of his ways. This "changed" Alex was withheld from readers by the U.S. publishers because they felt it somehow took away from the overall bleak impact of the work. Burgess himself always said he had wanted the novel published in its entirety but, desperate for publication, agreed to the changes. Thankfully, now the full version is readily available, so you can judge for yourself.
Date published: 2008-09-22