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A Clockwork Orange

78.6% complete
1962
67,280
1985
1 time
See 6
1 - Part One
7 Chapters
2 - Part Two
7 Chapters
3 - Part Three
6 Chapters
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145
No series
Copyright © 1962 by Anthony Burgess 
Copyright © 1963 by W. W. Norton and Company, Inc.
No dedication.
'What's it going to be then, eh?'
May contain spoilers
I was cured all right.
No comments on file
Synopsis (may contain spoilers)
This story is told from the point of view of a fifteen-year-old street gang leader.  It follows them through some of their exploits which leads eventually to the leader, Alex's, arrest and imprisonment.  After a while in jail, he volunteers for a new treatment that will allow him to go free.  Scientists condition him against violence and sex by injecting him with drugs and forcing him to watch movies.  A side effect of the conditioning is that he also becomes conditioned against Beethoven, his favorite composer, as it was in the soundtrack to the movies he watched.

When he goes free, he meets people that he wronged before and they take advantage of his conditioning to torture and almost kill him.  In order to save face, the government must do something with him quickly or face unpopularity in the polls.

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Added: 29-Dec-2002
Last Updated: 08-Mar-2023

Publications

 12-Jul-1983
Ballantine Books
Mass Market Paperback
In my libraryI read this editionOrder from amazon.comHas a cover imageBook Edition Cover
Date Issued:
12-Jul-1983
Format:
Mass Market Paperback
Cover Price:
$2.50
Pages*:
187
Read:
Once
Reading(s):
1)   1 Oct 1985 - 1 Oct 1985
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Internal ID:
197
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-345-31483-2
ISBN-13:
978-0-345-31483-3
Printing:
26
Country:
United States
Language:
English
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
by Anthony Burgess


The famous 20th Century Classic of a world dominated by teenage gangs...

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
by Anthony Burgess


"One of the few books I have been able to read in recent years."  - William Burroughs

"A terrifying and marvelous book."  - Roald Dahl

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
by Anthony Burgess


"A brilliant novel... a tour de force in nastiness, an inventive primer in total violence, a savage satire on the distortions of the single and collective minds."  - New York Times
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Notes and Comments:
First Ballantine Books Edition: September 1965
Twenty-sixth Printing: July 1983

I read this book my Sophomore year in college.  I saw the movie first and found it to be a fascinating view of the future, especially with the slang that they used.  I wanted to read the book for that reason.  It is almost necessary to have the Glossary of NADSAT Language at the back of the book to understand it.
 17-Apr-1995
W.W. Norton & Company
Trade Paperback
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Date Issued:
17-Apr-1995
Format:
Trade Paperback
Cover Price:
$10.00
Pages*:
192
Internal ID:
198
ISBN:
0-393-31283-6
ISBN-13:
978-0-393-31283-6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Credits:
Robert Longo  - Cover Artist
"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

A vicious fifteen-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic.  In Anthony Burgess's nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends' social pathology.  A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom.  And when the state undertakes to reform Alex to "redeem" him, the novel asks, "At what cost?"

This edition includes the controversial last chapter not published in the first edition and Burgess's introduction "A Clockwork Orange Resucked."

ANTHONY BURGESS is the author of many works, including The Long Day Wanes, The Wanting Seed, The Doctor Is Sick, Nothing Like the Sun, Honey for the Bears, and Re Joyce, all available from Norton.

"A brilliant novel... a savage satire on the distortions of the single and collective minds."  - New York Times

"Anthony Burgess has written what looks like a nasty little shocker, but is really that rare thing in English letters: a philosophical novel."  - Time

"A terrifying and marvelous book."  - Roald Dahl
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Author(s)

 Anthony Burgess
Birth: 25 Feb 1917 Manchester, England, UK
Death: 25 Nov 1993 London, England, UK

Notes:
Anthony Burgess was born on February 25, 1917 in Manchester, England.  His full name is John Anthony Burgess Wilson.  Burgess spoke eight languages other than English.   He wrote A Clockwork Orange based on the death of his wife during World War II.  She was assaulted while he was at war and she died about a month after that from internal bleeding.  She was pregnant at the time and the baby was also killed.  Anthony Burgess died of cancer at age seventy-six, on November 25, 1993.

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