A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

About the 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?”

Reviewed by Kalooki Club Reading Group:

Not an easy or enjoyable read, but those who finished reading found this a rewarding book. The introduction was very helpful in giving discussion points.

Star rating: ***

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1 thought on “A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess”

  1. Review by Waterside Phoenix
    This book generated a considerable amount of discussion around the question “Why would nay publisher handle a book like this?” Which led us back through various authors and publishers who presented works which were disturbing in their time.
    The book proved too tough for most of the group and only a few read it completely.
    We were not able to give it a star rating.

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