In a futuristic England beyond 1984, beyond Anthem, beyond We; it's a baddiwad, bad, bezoomny, mad, bezoomny, bezoomny, mad, mad world out there; not that England hasn't really been like that for several decades. Teens running amok with pseudo-impunity. Everything goes; everything tolerated. Incidentally, be sure to get a book with a glossary of the Nadsat language or you'll be bezoomny (mad) also. Nadsat, it seems, is a permutation of pig-Russian: a patois of the streets to rival that of the gamins of Hugo. Well, except for a few words (such as baddiwad) that don't exist at all, but are spelled correctly. This ego-centric invective has all the trash you can hope for: senseless violence, rape, rapine, murder, gang war, animal cruelty. Did I leave anything out? But, "Big Brother" has a novel method of rehabilitating criminals. None of that goody-two-shoes, namby-pamby parole board farce. If your tummy (guttiwut) is a tad queasy take a whack at this one; you'll feel real horrorshow (well) after a good heave. This book is little more than a big pile of cal; enough to satiate the most ardent sophist. Finished the book? Go ahead and puke. You've earned it!
He makes some interesting points about the divine free agency and about gov't corruption but the main character is horrible. Someone who loves hurting Others and He kind of wins. So not one I would recommend. The not real words slang the author creates also breaks up the flow. You have to look them up in the back of The book too often.
It's a classic but I just could not get into it. The author made up slang to suit the story. Lots of people love the book, so maybe it was just me.
A great book. A must read for anyone that likes a good, easy read.
This is a classic that is a must read for everyone. Even if you're not into the psychological stories that make you feel eerie, I, as well as many others, feel this is one of the most important books to pick up because of it's strong moral-questioning message.
Stepping aside from that and to the character's themselves, Alex Delarge is rather disturbing iconic figure. Throughout the whole story, we know him to be this cocky psychopath. When he goes through his "treatments", we slowly begin to learn, or at least by my opinion, is that the only people that are scarier than this loose canon is the doctors themselves. This really starts the whole debate on who is the real monster.
Of course, by the end, he's back to his regular self. Another lesson, you can't really change anyone.
I feel like a lot of people get confused with the literature he and the rest speaks. What's going on is, Alex is a horrible delinquent. Rape, break ins, yadda yadda, until he ends up murdering a woman and is sent to prison. They treat him, and they let him go. What makes him "better" is that everytime he gets a psychopathic thought, it literally makes him ill to the point he has to stop. A lot like shocking a dog if he's bad.
Anyway, if you really can't get through the book, not because it's bad (and it's not) but because the language is hard to understand, then defiantly consider watching the movie. You wont regret it.
Interesting read! I found it difficult to unravel the street talk of young Alex who tells the story but finally figured out most of it. If you choose to read this one, look for the online definitions for the street talk words and phrases. Alex goes through a period of violence where he and three friends rob, beat up people, rape girls and young women and smash and destroy whatever they choose. The title comes from the drug treatment and violent films to which Alex was treated prior to being released from prison after a reign of violence results in the death of an old woman. It was said that those who are subjected to the treatment become like mechanical humans who can make no choices. Using drugs and films of violence, authorities condition Alex to feel sick each time he saw, contemplated or encountered violence. Unfortunately for Alex, it also sensitized him to the classical music he loved as the violent films to which he was exposed were accompanied by this music. Even this beautiful music makes him ill. He contemplates suicide and becomes involved in a political scheme to oust the current party in power. The ending is interesting, too, when Alex discovers that he has grown up.
I must admit that I had a very difficult time reading this book at first. The fist couple of pages slapped me in the face with the unusual slang and grammar, then, the next couple of chapters slapped me in the face with horrific, violent acts (that is, when I was finally able to understand what was going on). I almost put the book down for good after the first rape.
Burgess does a wonderful job at building up the main character, Alex, to be a monster. The slang, in my opinion, added to the experience, and made it feel as though I was living in Alex's world.
A Clockwork Orange really made me think about the importance of choice, and is really a compelling story. It is disturbing, yes, but it makes you think.