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A Clockwork Orange 437 A Clockwork Orange Anthony BurgessA Clockwork Orange is a dystopian novel by English writer Anthony Burgess, published in 1962 Set in a near future English society featuring a subculture of extreme youth violence, the teenage protagonist, Alex, narrates his violent exploits and his experiences with state authorities intent on reforming him The book is partially written in a Russian influenced argot called Nadsat 2002 437 A Clockwork Orange Anthony BurgessA Clockwork Orange is a dystopian novel by English writer Anthony Burgess, published in 1962 Set in a near future English society featuring a subculture of extreme youth violence, the teenage protagonist, Alex, narrates his violent exploits and his experiences with state authorities intent on reforming him The book is partially written in a Russian influenced argot called Nadsat 2002 1381 211 9649040633 20 1394 180 9786007845264 1389 135 9649789642432257 1389 172 In the near future in an Utopian socialist country, England where everyone has to work except the ill or old whether the job makes any sense or not, a group of teenagers like to party without limits at night Alex the leader, George 2nd in command, Pete the most sane and the big dim Dim, he s good with his boots, fun loving kids Your humble narrator Alex, will tell this story my brothers First they see an ancient man leaving the library carrying books, very suspicious nobody goes there no In the near future in an Utopian socialist country, England where everyone has to work except the ill or old whether the job makes any sense or not, a group of teenagers like to party without limits at night Alex the leader, George 2nd in command, Pete the most sane and the big dim Dim, he s good with his boots, fun loving kids Your humble narrator Alex, will tell this story my brothers First they see an ancient man leaving the library carrying books, very suspicious nobody goes there now, inspecting these filthy things and ripping them to pieces, not forgetting a few punches on the offender to stop this evil habit, next entering a shop and borrowing some needed money, the owner and wife have to be persuaded with just a little force for this honor, then teaching a scummy drunk in the street the evil of his ways, pounding some sense into his addled brain Meeting old friends Billyboy and company, in a dark alley, they exchange love taps but boys sometimes play too hard, drops of blood fall lovingly to the ground When so many noisy sirens go off these peaceful youths, leave this unhealthy place Getting tired of walking the gang goes on a joy ride, after spotting the empty car not being used The friends decide to travel to the countryside, leaving dirty London behind for fresh air, the beauty of the land, the woods, tiny critters to watch and the slow ones on the road to be put out of their misery with a merciful crunch Viewing a mailbox with the name of Home on it how delightful, this cottage s welcoming couple lets the group in for a spot of tea, they re wearing masks to enliven the carnival atmosphere, even though the man is a creepy writer ugh Would you read something called A Clockwork Orange What a silly title for the good of the world, these pages are scattered everywhere, flying high to the ceiling and floating down below to be properly trashed on the floor by the good doers Exchanging warm greetings with the wife, Alex your humble narrator my brothers and associates, go back to the city it s getting late, school tomorrow ultra violent fun must end His frightened parents don t ask too many questions at his small , but dumpy apartment a place they share His room full of records of classical music, Ludwig Van a favorite to inspire him, which he plays very loud and his parents don t dare to complain any Later Alex is sent to prisoner for a long term murder they say, framed what rot, he is 15 His cell he shares with five other men, nasty criminals all unlike Alex, one will have to sleep on the floor, his fists will not let him be the one Doctors Branom and Brodsky ignorant fellows they don t understand his slang, have a new technique to cure his violent behavior, as some people call it two weeks and a free man, let the torture beginA magnificent fable of what might be What s it going to be then, eh A linguistic adventure, O my brothers I had seen the Kubrick film and so reading the novella was on the list I very much enjoyed it, was surprised to learn that American publishers and Kubrick had omitted the crucial last chapter that provides some moral denouement to the ultra violence.As disturbingly good as this is, one aspect that always comes back to me is Burgess creation of and use of the Nadsat language This provides color and mystery to the narrativ What s it going to be then, eh A linguistic adventure, O my brothers I had seen the Kubrick film and so reading the novella was on the list I very much enjoyed it, was surprised to learn that American publishers and Kubrick had omitted the crucial last chapter that provides some moral denouement to the ultra violence.As disturbingly good as this is, one aspect that always comes back to me is Burgess creation of and use of the Nadsat language This provides color and mystery to the narrative and it is noteworthy that Burgess intent was to soften the blow of the violent themes of the book 2018 addendum it is a testament to great literature that a reader recalls the work years later and this is a book about which I frequently think This is a book that, for me at least, is connected to the Stanley Kubrick film I don t always watch a movie after I ve read the book, and when I do I usually draw a distinction between the two, but these two works remain indelibly connected in my mind and recollection The most noteworthy contrast is the omission of the last chapter from the film Burgess ending provides a settling of accounts while Kubrick s vision leaves the viewer edgy and uncomfortable In 1960 Anthony Burgess was 43 and had written 4 novels and had a proper job teaching in the British Colonial Service in Malaya and Brunei Then he had a collapse and the story gets complicated But I like the first cool version AB told, which was that he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour and given a year to live Since as you know he lived a further 33 years, we may conclude the doctors were not entirely correct However the doctor tells you you have a year to live what do you d In 1960 Anthony Burgess was 43 and had written 4 novels and had a proper job teaching in the British Colonial Service in Malaya and Brunei Then he had a collapse and the story gets complicated But I like the first cool version AB told, which was that he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour and given a year to live Since as you know he lived a further 33 years, we may conclude the doctors were not entirely correct However the doctor tells you you have a year to live what do you do Lapse into a major depression Get drunk and stay drunk Buy a Harley davidson Not if you were Anthony Burgess Uxorious regard for his wife s future security bade him to place his arse on a chair in the unpleasing English seaside town of Hove and type out five and a half novels in the one year left to him, which, he later pointed out, was approximately equivalent to E M Forster s entire lifetime output And the last of these five completed novels was A Clockwork Orange No mean feat.So, this little novel should be on everyone who hasn t read it s must read list It s a real hoot, and it s absolutely eerie in its predictions about youth culture and recreational drug use It s also very famous for its hilarious language, all those malenky droogs, horrorshow devotchkas and gullivers and lashings of the old in out in out the reader must be warned that it s very catching and you will for sure begin boring all your friends and family about tolchocking the millicents and creeching on your platties and suchlike They ll give you frosty looks and begin avoiding you at the breakfast table, but you won t be able to help it In extreme cases they might smeck your grazhny yarbles and that will definately shut you up Reminds me of the old joke where the doctor says to the guy I m sorry to say you only have three minutes to live Guy says Isn t there anything you can do for me Doctor says I could boil you an egg Rebellion can take on many forms and inA Clockwork Orangeit takes on the form of language the spoken word All societies have their constraints, though breaking through them is often difficult What the poor disaffected youth do here is create their own system of communication that is so utterly theirs Every word carries history, and by destroying such words the youngster are proposing a break from tradition they are proposing something new This idea is captured when they attack the b Rebellion can take on many forms and inA Clockwork Orangeit takes on the form of language the spoken word All societies have their constraints, though breaking through them is often difficult What the poor disaffected youth do here is create their own system of communication that is so utterly theirs Every word carries history, and by destroying such words the youngster are proposing a break from tradition they are proposing something new This idea is captured when they attack the bourgeoisie professor in the opening scene they beat him, tear his books apart and strip him naked in the streets It is an act of aggression and power it is an act that is infused with jealousy and rage The lower classes are sick of the elites, and the poor are sick of the rich And they want to stand on their own two feetIs it better for a man to have chosen evil than to have good imposed upon himHowever, despite the symbolic nature of the scene, it also demonstrates the rash nature of such youths In their actions they perpetuate such divisions and class divides They never stop to consider that perhaps the professor could be sympathetic to their cause They just don t care they enjoy violence too much Instead they just see and object of power, knowledge and wealth, so they attempt to destroy it Having passion and a strong will are vital for social change, but using such things sensibly and at the right time is also of equal importance I m not an advocate of violence, but they could have used that better andproductively too Society fears them it fears these boys that represent dissatisfaction and anger How far can they go How powerful could they become What will the future hold Burgress shows us a speculative future, a what if situation that is not implausible The novel is advisory it suggests that something needs to be done to society in order to avoid the pitfall the gang fell into here Like all significant literature, the work has a universal quality it is as relevant today as it was when it was first published in the 1970s because it shows us what unbridled and misguided temper can achieve.Alex the gang leader is thrown into jail after committing a particularly nasty crime The doctors then attempt to rehabilitate him through psychological treatment based on schema theory and the rules of conditioning and association Afterwards, the thought of violence sickens him physically and he is thrown out into a world that hates him and one he can no longer survive him He is completely failed by society, but it is near impossible to have sympathy with such a reckless anarchist He is violent and spitefulA Clockwork Orangeis a postmodern masterpiece because of its experimental style, language and allegorical content However, it is also an extremely difficult book to read and an even harder one to enjoy The slang frustrated me it was understandable but very dense at times It s a clever device, but an agenising one I disliked this element for the same reason I will never attempt to readFinnegan s Wakeby James Joyce I liked to get lost I don t like to have to put effort in when I read perhaps I m a lazy reader Regardless though, it was a huge relief to actually finish I m still going to watch the film, and I do think I may enjoy it a littlethan this A classic, probably a bit overrated book and one of the rare cases in which I would say that the movie is better than the book The most unnecessary thing was to add an extra chapter at the end that took the flow, logic, and atmosphere out of the whole thing Nice development of an own language, but also not as cool as other examples The whole dystopic brainwashing idea is one of the best elements It reminds me of many overrated classics that form 3 stages or categories of boredom Books that A classic, probably a bit overrated book and one of the rare cases in which I would say that the movie is better than the book The most unnecessary thing was to add an extra chapter at the end that took the flow, logic, and atmosphere out of the whole thing Nice development of an own language, but also not as cool as other examples The whole dystopic brainwashing idea is one of the best elements It reminds me of many overrated classics that form 3 stages or categories of boredom Books that for no understandable reason have to be read in school, depending on the countries culture, and are mainly focused on the bad, outdated, old, very long time dead, writers of each country, so that there are individual purgatories for young readers in each state Nobel price, nothing to add, the same with peace and economics, it s just a bad joke Clockwork Orange is in the third category Books that use complex, not absolutely logical or even not for the author understandable, instable plots and inconsistent ideas to be progressive, provocative, and sellby activating the bite reflexes of conservatives, bigots, and philistines and give nothing on the thousands of years old conventions of writing for the pleasure of the reader I ve read much of all 3 categories and must say that it s the same as with modern art If there is no recognizable concept, many others could do the same, and if it s not universally acclaimed a masterpiece, it s probably average or completely inexplicably overhyped trash Clockwork Orange is one of the better ones, but it would be nothing without Kubricks adaption, and looking at the general ratings and popularity of all of Burgess other works, one can see the picture of a one hit wonder.Tropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres unique This book was sweet The way russian was used to show the distopian future was one of the coolest literary devices I have seen Because I was so enthralled by it, I often read partsthan once to make sure I was getting the meaning right Everyone should read this book, and then read it again to make sure they got it. Like many I suppose, I saw Kubrick s film long ago without having read the book until now Part punk rock version of Finnegans Wake, part scalding criticism of UK society in the 50s, Burgess dystopian Center is a real horrorshow in a non ACO interpretation of the word of violence Alex is a terrifying character every bit as evil as the Joker or Anton Chigurh whose state sponsored brainwashing is equally disturbing The prison chaplain s pleas for free choice tend to exemplify the theme of Like many I suppose, I saw Kubrick s film long ago without having read the book until now Part punk rock version of Finnegans Wake, part scalding criticism of UK society in the 50s, Burgess dystopian Center is a real horrorshow in a non ACO interpretation of the word of violence Alex is a terrifying character every bit as evil as the Joker or Anton Chigurh whose state sponsored brainwashing is equally disturbing The prison chaplain s pleas for free choice tend to exemplify the theme of the book In any case, the Wakesque language that Alex employs, while not entirely opaque, takes a little getting used to, but I found it did not take away from the powerful emotions that the text invokes.I also suppose that many of us who are anti Trump fear this kind of proto fascist dystopian state which in some ways is a cousin to that of Atwood s Handmaiden s Tale and this is what will make reading this book really resonate Read at your own risk O my brothers How to review an infamous book about which so much has already been said By avoiding reading others thoughts until I ve written mine.There are horrors in this book, but there is beauty too, and so much to think about The ends of the book justify the means of its execution, even if the same is not true of what happens in the story.Book vs Film, and Omission of Final ChapterI saw the film first, and read the book shortly afterwards Usually a bad idea, but in this case, being familiar with the How to review an infamous book about which so much has already been said By avoiding reading others thoughts until I ve written mine.There are horrors in this book, but there is beauty too, and so much to think about The ends of the book justify the means of its execution, even if the same is not true of what happens in the story.Book vs Film, and Omission of Final ChapterI saw the film first, and read the book shortly afterwards Usually a bad idea, but in this case, being familiar with the plot and the Nadsat slang made it easier to relax if that s an appropriate word, given some of the horrors to come into the book The film is less hypnotic and farshocking than the book, because it isvisual and because, like the US version of the book, it omits theoptimistic final chapter.The British censors originally passed the film uncut But a year later, it was cited as possibly inspiring a couple of murders, leading to threats against Kubrick s family The year after that, Kubrick asked for it to be withdrawn, and it was, even though he said To try and fasten any responsibility on art as the cause of life seems to me to put the case the wrong way around See Withdrawl of film from UK screensandOmission of final chapterPlot and StructureIt is a short novel, comprising three sections of seven chapters, told by your humble narrator , Alex In the first section, Alex and his teenage gang indulge in ultra violence including sexual assault of young girls in the middle section, Alex is in prison and then undergoes a horrific new treatment a sort of aversion therapy the final section follows him back in the real world, rejected by his parents, now the puppet of opposing political factions The whole thing is set in a slightly dystopian, very near future and explores issues of original sin, punishment and revenge, free will, and the nature of evil.One awful incident involves breaking in to a writer s house and gang raping his wife, who later dies A similar incident happened to Burgess first wife though he wasn t there at the time Writing a fictionalised account from the point of view of the perpetrator is extraordinary charitable, cathartic, or acomplex mixture ThemesWhy is Alex as he is What I do I do because I like to do , and perhaps there is nothat can be said As Alex ponders, this biting of their toe nails over what is the CAUSE of badness is what turns me into a fine laughing malchick They don t go into the cause of GOODNESS badness is of the self and that self is made by old Bog or God and is his great pride and radosty.Can people like Alex be cured, and if so, how Imprisonment, police brutality, fire and brimstone don t work Enter the Ludovico Technique, whereby Alex is injected with emetics before being strapped, with his eyelids held open, to watch videos of extreme physical and sexual violence He becomes conditioned to be unable to commit such acts, or even to watch or think about them This raisesquestions than it solves The prison governor prefers the old eye for an eye , but has to give in to the new idea of making bad people good The question is whether such a technique can really make a man good Goodness comes from within Goodness is something chosen When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man The chaplain has doubts, too, Is a man who chooses the bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him On the other hand, by consenting to the treatment, Alex is, in an indirect way, choosing to be good.The technique or torture is promoted as making Alex sane and healthy so that he can be a free man , but although he is released from prison, he remains imprisoned by the power of the technique, even to the extent that the music he loves now makes him sick because it was playing in the background and his inability to defend himself means he becomes a victim.Do the ends justify the means Dr Brodsky thinks so We are not concerned with motive, with the higher ethics We are only concerned with cutting down crime However, if it wears off, it will all have been for nothing.Redemption The possibility of redemption is a common thread, reaching its peak in this final chapter Burgess was raised as a Catholic, educated in Catholic schools, but lost his faith aged sixteen He continued to have profound interest in religious ideas, though, as explained here The final chapter omitted from US editions of the book until 1986, and also the film feels incongruously optimistic in some ways, but by suggesting the true answer as to what will cure delinquency is maturity, it might be thought the most pessimistic chapter Is teen violence an inevitable cycle something people grow into, and then out of when they start to see their place in the bigger picture And if so, is that acceptable to society Language Nadsat SlangA distinctive feature of the book is the Nadsat slang that Alex and his droogs use nadsat is the Russian suffix for teen see here Burgess invented it from Russian with a bit of Cockney rhyming slang and Malay, because real teen slang is so ephemeral, the book would quickly seem dated otherwise He wanted the book published without a glossary, and it is written so carefully, that the meaning is usually clear, and becomes progressively so, as you become accustomed to it a bottle of beer frothing its gulliver off and a horrorshow rookerful of like plum cake and There s only one veshch I require having my malenky bit of fun with real droogs Where an English word is used literally and metaphorically, the Nadsat one is too for example, viddy is used to see with one s eyes and to understand someone s point The skill of carefully used context makes Russian based Nadsat much easier to follow than the dialect of Riddley Walker see my review HERE , even though the latter is based on mishearings of English To be fair, the whole of Riddley Walker is written in dialect, whereas in Clockwork Orange, it s conventional English with a generous smattering of slang Where the meaning isn t immediately obvious or is merely vague, you go with the flow until it seeps into your consciousness much as would happen if you were dropped into an environment where you had no language in common with anyone else It s another way of sucking the reader into Alex s world and his gang Nadsat lends a mesmerising and poetic aspect to the text that is in sharp contrast to the revulsion invoked by some of the things Alex does tolchocking a starry veck doesn t sound nearly as bad as beating an old man into a pulp Nadsat acts as a protective veil In the film, this effect is somewhat diluted because you SEE these acts.The book was like published in 1962 and Alex frequently uses like as an interjection as I did earlier in this sentence something that has become quite a common feature of youth speak in recent times What happened in between, I wonder Other than that, much of what Alex says has echoes of Shakespeare and the King James Bible Come, gloopy bastard thou art Think thou not on them and If fear thou hast in thy heart, o brother, pray banish it forthwith and Fear not He canst taketh care of himself, verily There is always the painful contrast of beautiful language describing unpleasant and horrific things.Similarly, the repetition of a few phrases is almost liturgical Alex addresses his readers as oh my brothers , which is unsettling if I m one of his brothers, am I in some way complicit, or at least condoning, what he does Another recurring phrase is, What s it going to be then, eh It is the opening phrase of each section and used several times in the first chapter of each section.MusicBurgess was a composer, as well as a writer, and Alex has a passion for classical music, especially Ludwig van This may be partly a ploy to make the bookageless than if he loved, for example, Buddy Holly, butimportantly, it s another way of creating dissonance a deep appreciation of great art is not supposed to coexist with mindless delinquency Alex has lots of small speakers around his room, so I was like netted and meshed in the orchestra , and the music is his deepest joy Oh bliss, bliss and heaven I lay all nagoy to the ceiling sloshing the sluice of lovely sounds Oh it was gorgeousness and gorgeosity made flesh The treatment destroys this pleasure with dramatic results.Horror and Beauty, Sympathy for a VillainUltimately, I think Alex is sympathetic villain he has a seductive exuberance and charm and although he does horrific things, when awful things are done to him, sympathy flows Yes, there are horrors in this book, but there is beauty too, and so much to think about The ends of the book justify the means of its execution, even if the same is not true of what happens in the story Brilliant.Jabberwock in NadsatThanks to Forrest for finding this brilliant hybrid the A vicious fifteen year old droog is the central character of thisclassic In Anthony Burgess s 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 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About the Author: Anthony Burgess

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the Goodreads database with this name.Anthony Burgess was a British novelist, critic and composer He was also a librettist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, essayist, travel writer, broadcaster, translator, linguist and educationalist Born in Manchester, he lived for long periods in Southeast Asia, the USA and Mediterranean Europe as well as in England His fiction includes the Malayan trilogy The Long Day Wanes on the dying days of Britain s empire in the East the Enderby quartet of novels about a poet and his muse Nothing Like the Sun, a recreation of Shakespeare s love life A Clockwork Orange, an exploration of the nature of evil and Earthly Powers, a panoramic saga of the 20th century He published studies of Joyce, Hemingway, Shakespeare and Lawrence, produced the treatises on linguistics Language Made Plain and A Mouthful of Air, and was a prolific journalist, writing in several languages He translated and adapted Cyrano de Bergerac, Oedipus the King, and Carmen for the stage scripted Jesus of Nazareth and Moses the Lawgiver for the screen invented the prehistoric language spoken in Quest for Fire and composed the Sinfoni Melayu, the Symphony No 3 in C, and the opera Blooms of Dublin Wikipedia


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