Modern Classics A Clockwork Orange

Modern Classics A Clockwork Orange

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ISBN-13: 9780141192369
Publisher: Penguin UK
Publication date: 05/25/2010
Pages: 224

About the Author

Anthony Burgess was born in Manchester in 1917 and educated at Xaverian College and Manchester University. He spent six years in the British Army before becoming a schoolmaster and colonial education officer in Malaya and Brunei. After the success of his Malayan Trilogy, he became a full-time writer in 1959. His books have been published all over the world, and they include The Complete Enderby, Nothing Like the Sun, Napoleon Symphony, Tremor of Intent, Earthly Powers and A Dead Man in Deptford. Anthony Burgess died in London in 1993. Andrew Biswell is the Professor of Modern Literature at Manchester Metropolitan University and the Director of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. His publications include a biography, The Real Life of Anthony Burgess, which won the Portico Prize in 2006. He is currently editing the letters and short stories of Anthony Burgess.

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Modern Classics A Clockwork Orange 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
theportal2002 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book is an absolute classic. The author paints a perfect picture of angry youth, corrupt big brother through use of clever language..
sburton on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A Clockwork Orange, strangely enough, is like our generation now. We have gangs that go out and do things they shouldn¿t just because they can. I thought Anthony Burgess did a wonderful job portraying our society, even though it wasn¿t written in our time. The whole time I was reading the book, I was tossing around the idea in my head that you could be bad if you wanted to, or you could be good because you¿re told to. I think everyone goes through this idea at least once in their lifetime, and Anthony Burgess did a good job on this because he is giving characteristics to a fictional person that people can relate to in their lives. I think my favorite part of the book was when Alex was in prison, and he finds the new prisoner lying next to him, causing Alex to lash out. This was my favorite part of the book because prison represents a place of being forced to be good, and you have to do so in order to get out and be back with society. Even though Alex is in this situation, he still lashes out at the prisoner because he wants to, not because he is forced to.I also liked the part of the book where Alex meets with F. Alexander. Because Alexander¿s hatred of the government, he takes Alex in because of his beating. But, once he realizes who Alex is, he plays the symphony he hates most, causing him to jump out of the window. I thought this part was important because this is the point where Alex breaks most of his bones, causing doctors to operate, which eventually changes him back to his old self. I thought Anthony Burgess did a good job of explaining that you can never change someone, no matter how much you want to.Overall, I thought the book was good, but a little confusing at times because of the language used. But, I did like the idea of choosing between being bad because you want to, or being good because you¿re told to.
billmcn on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Annecdote: my old girlfriend is one of the few people I know who read A Clockwork Orange long before she saw the movie. When she finally did watch it, she thought it was awful. For her, Burgess' novel depicted a gray, grinding, bleakly English world and Kubrick's kitsch 1970s codpiece-and-broad-necktie astheticization completely missed the point. I saw the movie first, and for me it's a classic, but still I see her point, and it's interesting to reimagine Alex as a thick-necked football thug stalking the streets of contemporary London. Makes everything a bit nastier.
stipe168 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
written in a whole new language to keep up with the slang of the violent kids of the future. easier to read than you think, and twice as good.
adricv on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Absolutely brilliant book in every way. Uses Slavic slang to the point of credibility, which lends the whole setting an air of mysterious future dystopianness.
stillbeing on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Just like the film, only so much more deeper. Mind you, it's hard to read without hearing Alex's voice from the film in your head.
ericalynnb on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I thought this book was real horrorshow, an excellent read. Many thought-provoking questions on the nature of good and choice were posed and I enjoyed the exploring them. Personally, I also loved decoding the slang that Burgess created for this book. In addition to being well-written and thought provoking I loved this book because it brought me to a realm that I would never have known in real-life. They say that good girls fall for bad boys, maybe the same is true for books.