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A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

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by Anthony Burgess
     
 

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A Clockwork Orange is as brilliant, transgressive, and influential as when it was published fifty years ago. A nightmare vision of the future told in its own fantastically inventive lexicon, it has since become a classic of modern literature and the basis for Stanley Kubrick’s once-banned film, whose recent reissue has brought this revolutionary tale

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A Clockwork Orange is as brilliant, transgressive, and influential as when it was published fifty years ago. A nightmare vision of the future told in its own fantastically inventive lexicon, it has since become a classic of modern literature and the basis for Stanley Kubrick’s once-banned film, whose recent reissue has brought this revolutionary tale on modern civilization to an even wider audience. Andrew Biswell, PhD, director of the International Burgess Foundation, has taken a close look at the three varying published editions alongside the original typescript to recreate the novel as Anthony Burgess envisioned it. We publish this landmark edition with its original British cover and six of Burgess’s own illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Irvine Welsh
“One of the most groundbreaking and influential novels of all time—and one of the best.”
Roald Dahl
“A terrifying and marvelous book.”
Publishers Weekly

After his youthful adventures of raping and pillaging, Alex finds himself in prison. When he volunteers for an experiment, his sentence is commuted to two weeks. The experiment leaves him physically incapable of doing wrong and releases him back into the world. However, when he repeatedly runs into people he has wronged in the past, his real suffering begins. This audiobook gives new life to Burgess's tale of recklessly violent youth, free will and true redemption. While Malcolm McDowell forever infused viewers with the look of Alex in the film, Tom Hollander performs an even more amazing feat. With a smooth, almost lyrical, crisp voice, Hollander delivers Burgess's "nadsat" dialect to readers with such rhythmic cadence that listeners will easily understand the extensive slang used throughout the book. This unabridged production also includes the 21st chapter, which was not dramatized in the film or in the book's original U.S. publication. The audiobook opens with a brief note by Burgess on living with the book's legacy. The final CD features selected readings by Burgess from a previous recorded abridged version. While it's interesting to hear the older and gruffer voice, it does not compare to Hollander's performance. A Penguin paperback. (July)

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The New York Times
Anthony Burgess reads chapters of his novel A Clockwork Orange with hair-raising drive and energy. Although it is a fantasy set in an Orwellian future, this is anything but a bedtime story.
New York Times
“A brilliant novel... a savage satire on the distortions of the single and collective minds.”
William S. Burroughs
“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.”
Time
“Looks like a nasty little shocker, but is really that rare thing in English letters: a philosophical novel.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393089134
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/22/2012
Edition description:
Restored Text
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
207,922
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.60(d)

What People are saying about this

Roald Dahl
A terrifying and marvelous book.
Roald Dahl
A terrifying and marvelous book.
—(Roald Dahl)
William S. Burroughs
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)
Irvine Welsh
One of the most groundbreaking and influential novels of all time—and one of the best.

Meet the Author

Anthony Burgess is the author of many works, including The Wanting Seed, Nothing Like the Sun, The Doctor Is Sick, The Long Day Wanes, Honey for the Bears, and ReJoyce. He died in 1993.

Andrew Biswell, PhD, is the author of The Real Life of Anthony Burgess.

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