A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

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My Ratings: 4/5 stars

Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopian, Classics

About this Book:

A vicious fifteen-year-old “droog” is the central character of this 1963 classic, whose stark terror was captured in Stanley Kubrick’s magnificent film of the same title.
In Anthony Burgess’s nightmare vision of the future, where 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. 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”.

My Review:

What the hell did I just read?
Honestly, with that writing style, I’m surprised I even understood what I was reading. (glad I watched the movie before watching).
But then there is the concept. A dystopian world where teenagers have turned into violent sycophants. Murder and rape is common. The language has turned into the lowest level of slang.
That is how the author viewed the future to become like.
It’s gory, graphic and sickening because it might as well be true.
But the way it is treated, using (find the word) treatment… That left worse consequences.
Shouldn’t a man choose to be good?
And even if you force the violence out of someone by showing them videos and making them sick while watching it using drugs, the videos should be of them doing violence. Not violence generally.
Because it made the protagonist so vulnerable as he couldn’t even raise a hand in self-defense.
And then there is the ending. Two endings actually, the way the movie ended, I felt it left scope for something to be added to it and then I read the book and found the Chapter 21 which is only present in certain editions and the author gives you a choice to either accept it or deny. I choose the former.
Maybe Alex did change in the end, on his own. I would like to believe that he did.


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