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.
Alex, the fifteen year old narrator, has an odd manner of speaking, and the use of "nadsat" teenage slang made the book extremely memorable. The language becomes a way for Alex to mark himself out from others, and creates a stark contrast between the different speech and mind-set of adults and Alex and his "droogs" friends.
However, as I gradually stopped having to focus on translating the words, the details of "krovvy" blood being spilt became more sickening and extreme. I do warn anyone who is sensitive about violence against reading A Clockwork Orange due to its graphic nature.
Although, having said that, I am somewhat squeamish myself and found it bearable, so anyone over the age of 14 or 15 would most likely be able to deal with it.
What I thought was particularly disturbing about the violence was not the description, but the apathetic view of Alex and his friends towards it, including their lack of respect even for the age of their victims. Furthermore, it was unsettling to read of how their actions simply came from that common feeling of teenage boredom.
The most powerful issue in the book, for me, was the "Ludovico" technique imposed by the government to brainwash Alex into being a model citizen, physically sickened even by the thought of criminality.
Join the site and send us your review!A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. The use of Nadsat can be relatively confusing for the reader, however, you slowly begin to understand the terminology while progressing through the novel.
John Anthony Burgess Wilson, FRSL (/ ˈ b ɜːr dʒ ə s /; 25 February – 22 November ), who published under the name Anthony Burgess, was an English writer and composer..
Although Burgess was predominantly a comic writer, his dystopian satire A Clockwork Orange remains his best-known novel. In , it was adapted into a highly . Sep 02, · When, in , Anthony Burgess sat down to write “A Clockwork Orange,” we may be pretty sure that he had a handful of certainties about what lay ahead of him.
He knew the novel would be set in. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess - review 'A Clockwork Orange is one of those books that I have been told is an 'essential' read for any teenager – and after reading it myself, I found that.
A Clockwork Orange is a dystopian satirical black comedy novel by English writer Anthony Burgess, published in It is 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 . The acclaimed British stage adaptation of Anthony Burgess' novel 'A Clockwork Orange,' the inspiration for Stanley Kubrick's classic film, makes its off-Broadway debut.