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Paperback A Clockwork Orange : Norton Critical Edition Book

ISBN: 0393928098

ISBN13: 9780393928099

A Clockwork Orange : Norton Critical Edition

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A terrifying tale about good and evil and the meaning of human freedom, A Clockwork Orange became an instant classic when it was published in 1962 and has remained so ever since. Anthony Burgess takes us on a journey to a nightmarish future where sociopathic criminals rule the night. Brilliantly told in harsh invented slang by the novel's main character and merciless droog, fifteen-year-old Alex, this influential novel is now available in a student...

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Immersive and worth pushing through the first chapter

Interesting that no matter how much tinkering and meddling with a person’s drives and actions, it is proposed that they will come to do ‘good’ (however the hell that is defined, definitely not objectively) naturally as they age. It’s in their biology to be riotous in youth and age finely and come to contribute to society. There was never a choice, we were always acting like clockwork. A Clockwork Orange (‘orange’ is a ‘man’ in nasdat). The use of language was incredibly clever, and I’ve never seen such engaging use of words in a book before. It draws you into the narrative and mindset of Alex that you almost feel bad for the fellow. What struck me most is that it wasn’t his killings, beating, and raping that upset me the most. I felt most sick at the torturing and conditioning of Alex to State-determined values of right and wrong. Worth a second read and a third for deeper themes.

Not satisfied

The novel came with writing on some of the pages. Tried to reach out to customer service but wasn’t successful at all.

Such a phenomenal book

If you like books that make you think and that don't end where the last page is, this is a book for you. Will definitely check out more by Anthony Burgess.

Morality is tied into every aspect

If you enjoy something abit different from the norm, this is the book for you. The Author will keep you on the edge of your seat, this one will make you want to keep reading. I bought this book for an English class and I have not put it down since! Only 4 stars due to the first couple of pages missing.

"Like New"

Arrived with a bent spine, damaged cover, and with damaged pages. (Softcover) When I purchase a book with a "Like New" description I expect it to be like new not acceptable or worse. I have received books labelled as "Good" or "Acceptable" in a much better state than this one. The book's content was great, -2 stars just for its condition.


un libro cautivador,violento, unpoko de sexo, y con una lesion q aprenderlo recomiendo al maximooooooooooo

Not as difficult as you have heard

I knew about this book way before I actually went out and bought it (of course there was a gap between buying it and reading it, but that's another, utterly irrelevant, story), being aware of most of the basic facts about it, the general plot and so forth. I've never seen the movie, although I've heard it's rather ultraviolent, which seems to be appropriate. The thing that both attracted me and made me shy away from the novel though was the prose itself . . . for those who aren't already aware, Burgess sprinkles the novel liberally with a made-up slang that the main character uses. I had seen a few pages at my local library and thought, "Crap, this isn't going to make any sense to me at all". But it does, somehow. There might actually be some editions floating out there with a glossary of sorts, giving you a clue as to what the more obscure slang terms might mean but you don't really need it. Reading the novel, it's very easy to figure out what's going on and the text isn't impenetrable at all. Most of the slang you can figure out via context and for the linguistically agile among you, I believe most of it is derived from Russian, mixed with some Britishisms and other stuff that I'm not smart enough to figure out. The end result of this is that it gives the book a weird sort of driving rhythm, half the words seem made up but it flows anyway and I never had any trouble figuring out what was going on at any given point (not that you don't have to read carefully, but it's not Finnegans Wake or anything). So that's that. But what is it about? The story is narrated by Alex, a teenager who inhabits a future Britain that has fallen into dingy decay, gangs walk the streets at night committing all sorts of violent acts, there hardly seems to be any hope and the government has become rather oppressive. But Alex doesn't care because he's quite enjoying himself. The book is a lot funnier than you might think and the violence (it's ample but not graphic) is almost slapstick. Alex and his pals spend the first third of the book (it details a typical night) basically walking around and beating up everyone they see, the narration makes it clear that Alex is intelligent enough to know what he's doing but he likes it and would like to keep doing it. One incident lands him in prison and while there and serving a long sentence, he's given a chance to get out early. All he has to do is submit to a new procedure that will make him nonviolent and he can go back into society. That procedure and its consequences drive the rest of the book, showing how things can seem to get better while actually getting worse. It's a testament to Burgess' skill that he manages to make Alex a nearly sympathetic character, to the point where I started to feel bad for him, especially in the scenes where he's denied the joy of his beloved classical music. The moral dilemma he poses is an interesting one, questioning whether society really becomes better if you take away fre

And all that cal

A Clockwork Orange is the story of good and evil and the value of choice. The main character, is a 15 year old lad named Alex whose life consists of crime, cruelty, and recklessness. After being betrayed by an accomplice, he is sentenced to prison where he volunteers for a program that corrects the seemingly uncorrectable. Only then does he being to suffer the consequences of his crash and burn lifestyle. A Clockwork Orange is what I believe to be a fabulous novel. It may confuse a reader at the start because of the language, but its not that hard to understand the slang dialect if you have a firm grasp on English and are a few pages into the book. Also, one must be patient when reading it because the main ideas aren't revealed until later in the novel. There is a lot of building up the characters before hand, which is valuable information but may bore those who are already have a distaste for the book's violent nature. I also highly recommend that you read the British version because the last or 21st chapter is quite important. Anyways, the book is more oriented those who can see past the gore and sex and can grasp the main ideas the author is trying to convey through a clockwork orange.

A Journey into places you dare not look...

A Clockwork Orange is by far the best book i have ever read. even if you have seen the movie, read the book. It takes place in london in the not-so-distant future. The main character, Alex, is the leader of a gang of four teenagers, who run a muck, breaking into people's houses, beating people up, etc. alex runs into trouble, and is thrown in jail, where the government gives him horrific punishment.... anyway, enough of the plot. alex and his "droogs" speak a kind of Russified english, which they called "Nadsat" (russian for "teen"). The novel has no glossary, although nadsat is laced thickly throughout the entire book. this was not a problem for me because i speak russian, but i imagine that this book would be a very difficult read for someone who does not. but hey, if you cant, you can download a "nadsat translator". overall, a clockwork orange is a visciously bizzarre, violent, hilarious, intruiging book that asks the reader "is a person who does not have the option of evil really good?". a clockwork orange is the best book ever written because it breaks free of ordinary book structure. the main character is not very heroic, and is actually very dispicable. the book has very unexpected twists in it, so reader never knows what to expect. anyway, read it- it is not something you will soon forget.
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