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In Burgess's infamous nightmare vision of youth culture in revolt year old Alex a charismatic psychopathic delinuent whose pleasures are classical music especially Beethoven rape and so called 'ultra violence' leads a small gang of thugs Pete G How to review an infamous book about which so much has already been said By avoiding reading others thoughts until I ve written mineThere are horrors in this book but there is beauty too and so much to think about The ends of the book justify the means of its execution even if the same is not true of what happens in the storyBook vs Film and Omission of Final ChapterI saw the film first and read the book shortly afterwards Usually a bad idea but in this case being familiar with the plot and the Nadsat slang made it easier to relax if that s an appropriate word given some of the horrors to come into the book The film is less hypnotic and far shocking than the book because it is visual and because like the US version of the book it omits the optimistic final chapterThe British censors originally passed the film uncut But a year later it was cited as possibly inspiring a couple of murders leading to threats against Kubrick s family The year after that Kubrick asked for it to be withdrawn and it was even though he said To try and fasten any responsibility on art as the cause of life seems to me to put the case the wrong way aroundSee Withdrawl of film from UK screensandOmission of final chapterPlot and StructureIt is a short novel comprising three sections of seven chapters told by your humble narrator Alex In the first section Alex and his teenage gang indulge in ultra violence including sexual assault of young girls in the middle section Alex is in prison and then undergoes a horrific new treatment a sort of aversion therapy the final section follows him back in the real world rejected by his parents now the puppet of opposing political factions 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 evilOne awful incident involves breaking in to a writer s house and gang raping his wife who later dies A similar incident happened to Burgess first wife though he wasn t there at the time Writing a fictionalised account from the point of view of the perpetrator is extraordinary charitable cathartic or a complex mixtureThemesWhy is Alex as he is What I do I do because I like to do and perhaps there is no that can be said As Alex ponders this biting of their toe nails over what is the CAUSE of badness is what turns me into a fine laughing malchick They don t go into the cause of GOODNESS badness is of the self and that self is made by old Bog or God and is his great pride and radosty Can people like Alex be cured and if so howImprisonment police brutality fire and brimstone don t work Enter the Ludovico Techniue whereby Alex is injected with emetics before being strapped with his eyelids held open to watch videos of extreme physical and sexual violence He becomes conditioned to be unable to commit such acts or even to watch or think about them This raises uestions than it solves The prison governor prefers the old eye for an eye but has to give in to the new idea of making bad people good The uestion is whether such a techniue can really make a man good Goodness comes from within Goodness is something chosen When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man The chaplain has doubts too Is a man who chooses the bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him On the other hand by consenting to the treatment Alex is in an indirect way choosing to be goodThe techniue or torture is promoted as making Alex sane and healthy so that he can be a free man but although he is released from prison he remains imprisoned by the power of the techniue even to the extent that the music he loves now makes him sick because it was playing in the background and his inability to defend himself means he becomes a victimDo the ends justify the meansDr Brodsky thinks so We are not concerned with motive with the higher ethics We are only concerned with cutting down crime However if it wears off it will all have been for nothingRedemptionThe possibility of redemption is a common thread reaching its peak in this final chapter Burgess was raised as a Catholic educated in Catholic schools but lost his faith aged sixteen He continued to have profound interest in religious ideas though as explained here The final chapter omitted from US editions of the book until 1986 and also the film feels incongruously optimistic in some ways but by suggesting the true answer as to what will cure delinuency is maturity it might be thought the most pessimistic chapter Is teen violence an inevitable cycle something people grow into and then out of when they start to see their place in the bigger picture And if so is that acceptable to society Language Nadsat SlangA distinctive feature of the book is the Nadsat slang that Alex and his droogs use nadsat is the Russian suffix for teen see here Burgess invented it from Russian with a bit of Cockney rhyming slang and Malay because real teen slang is so ephemeral the book would uickly seem dated otherwise He wanted the book published without a glossary and it is written so carefully that the meaning is usually clear and becomes progressively so as you become accustomed to it a bottle of beer frothing its gulliver off and a horrorshow rookerful of like plum cake and There s only one veshch I reuire having my malenky bit of fun with real droogs Where an English word is used literally and metaphorically the Nadsat one is too for example viddy is used to see with one s eyes and to understand someone s point The skill of carefully used context makes Russian based Nadsat much easier to follow than the dialect of Riddley Walker see my review HERE even though the latter is based on mishearings of English To be fair the whole of Riddley Walker is written in dialect whereas in Clockwork Orange it s conventional English with a generous smattering of slangWhere the meaning isn t immediately obvious or is merely vague you go with the flow until it seeps into your consciousness much as would happen if you were dropped into an environment where you had no language in common with anyone else It s another way of sucking the reader into Alex s world and his gang Nadsat lends a mesmerising and poetic aspect to the text that is in sharp contrast to the revulsion invoked by some of the things Alex does tolchocking a starry veck doesn t sound nearly as bad as beating an old man into a pulp Nadsat acts as a protective veil In the film this effect is somewhat diluted because you SEE these actsThe book was like published in 1962 and Alex freuently uses like as an interjection as I did earlier in this sentence something that has become uite a common feature of youth speak in recent times What happened in between I wonderOther than that much of what Alex says has echoes of Shakespeare and the King James Bible Come gloopy bastard thou art Think thou not on them and If fear thou hast in thy heart o brother pray banish it forthwith and Fear not He canst taketh care of himself verily There is always the painful contrast of beautiful language describing unpleasant and horrific thingsSimilarly the repetition of a few phrases is almost liturgical Alex addresses his readers as oh my brothers which is unsettling if I m one of his brothers am I in some way complicit or at least condoning what he does Another recurring phrase is What s it going to be then eh It is the opening phrase of each section and used several times in the first chapter of each sectionMusicBurgess was a composer as well as a writer and Alex has a passion for classical music especially Ludwig van This may be partly a ploy to make the book ageless than if he loved for example Buddy Holly but importantly it s another way of creating dissonance a deep appreciation of great art is not supposed to coexist with mindless delinuency Alex has lots of small speakers around his room so I was like netted and meshed in the orchestra and the music is his deepest joy Oh bliss bliss and heaven I lay all nagoy to the ceiling sloshing the sluice of lovely sounds Oh it was gorgeousness and gorgeosity made flesh The treatment destroys this pleasure with dramatic resultsHorror and Beauty Sympathy for a VillainUltimately I think Alex is sympathetic villain he has a seductive exuberance and charm and although he does horrific things when awful things are done to him sympathy flows Yes there are horrors in this book but there is beauty too and so much to think about The ends of the book justify the means of its execution even if the same is not true of what happens in the story BrilliantJabberwock in NadsatThanks to Forrest for finding this brilliant hybridthe

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A Clockwork Orange

Inuency and attempted rehabilitation via a controversial psychological conditioning techniueAlex narrates most of the film in Nadsat a fractured contemporary adolescent slang comprising Slavic especially Russian English and Cockney rhyming slan 437 A Clockwork Orange Anthony BurgessA Clockwork Orange is a dystopian novel by English writer Anthony Burgess published in 1962 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 partially written in a Russian influenced argot called Nadsat 2002 1381 211 9649040633 20 1394 180 9786007845264 1389 135 9649789642432257 1389 172 08061399

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Eorgie and Dim whom he calls his droogs from the Russian друг friend buddy on a diabolical orgy of robbery rape torture and murder The book tells the horrific crime spree of A Clockwork PDFEPUB or his gang Alex's jailing for his teenage del A classic probably a bit overrated book and one of the rare cases in which I would say that the movie is better than the book The most unnecessary thing was to add an extra chapter at the end that took the flow logic and atmosphere out of the whole thing Nice development of an own language but also not as cool as other examples The whole dystopic brainwashing idea is one of the best elements It reminds me of many overrated classics that form 3 stages or categories of boredom Books that for no understandable reason have to be read in school depending on the countries culture and are mainly focused on the bad outdated old very long time dead writers of each country so that there are individual purgatories for young readers in each state Nobel price nothing to add the same with peace and economics it s just a bad joke Clockwork Orange is in the third category Books that use complex not absolutely logical or even not for the author understandable instable plots and inconsistent ideas to be progressive provocative and sell by activating the bite reflexes of conservatives bigots and philistines and give nothing on the thousands of years old conventions of writing for the pleasure of the reader I ve read much of all 3 categories and must say that it s the same as with modern art If there is no recognizable concept many others could do the same and if it s not universally acclaimed a masterpiece it s probably average or completely inexplicably overhyped trash Clockwork Orange is one of the better ones but it would be nothing without Kubricks adaption and looking at the general ratings and popularity of all of Burgess other works one can see the picture of a one hit wonderTropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres uniue


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  1. says:

    A Clockwork Orange is one of those books which everyone has heard of but which few people have actually read –

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    How to review an infamous book about which so much has already been said By avoiding reading others’ thoughts

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    What's it going to be then eh A linguistic adventure O my brothers I had seen the Kubrick film and so reading th

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    In 1960 Anthony Burgess was 43 and had written 4 novels and had a proper job teaching in the British Colonial Service in Malaya and Brunei Then he had a collapse and the story gets complicated But I like the first cool version AB told which was that he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour and given a year to live Since as you know h

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    In the near future in an Utopian socialist country England where everyone has to work except the ill or old whether the job makes any sense or not a group of teenagers like to party without limits at night Alex

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    A classic probably a bit overrated book and one of the rare cases in which I would say that the movie is better than the book The most unnecessary thing was to add an extra chapter at the end that took the flow logic and atmosphere out of the whole thing Nice development of an own language but also not as cool as

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    437 A Clockwork Orange – Anthony BurgessA Clockwork Orange is a dystopian novel by English writer Anthony Burgess published in 1962 Set in a near future English society featuring a subculture of extreme youth violence the teenage protagonist

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    Rebellion can take on many forms and in A Clockwork Orange it takes on the form of language the spoken word All societies have their constrai

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    This book was sweet The way russian was used to show the distopian future was one of the coolest literary devices I have seen Because I was so enthralled by it I often read parts than once to make sure I was getting the meaning right Everyone should read this book and then read it again to make sure they got it

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    Like many I suppose I saw Kubrick's film long ago without having read the book until now Part punk rock version of Finnegans Wake part scalding criticism of UK society in the 50s Burgess' dystopian Center is a real horrorshow in a non ACO interpretation of the word of violence Alex is a terrifying character every bit as evil as th