A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange


This book is excellent and on so many levels. The slang of the book makes it timeless and so it is as relevant now as when it was written. It also makes the book so alive and so it doesn’t exist merely as words on a page. The book is also thought provoking and full of ironies.

One of the ironies is that it is civilised people who are meant to listen to classical music and yet here Alex does. Tis is Burgess’s response to, perhaps, the fact that the Nazi’s were said to have listen to Back and read Goethe. The slang also means people read it differently and that is why there should not be a glossary. People should interpret it all their own way and should think about what they are reading and not be told what to think. It is the same as Chaucer – once you understand the language you become so immersed in the world that the author creates that you almost slip into the slang in everyday speech – much more so than if it was pure English.

The book is surely about the capacity to choose and how it is better to have the choice to be bad than being forced to be good. People choose their own path and choose to go to hell their own ways. People must be able to have a fling because that is making a choice.

The dark humour also adds to the book but it may be overshadowed by the violence.

It is something everyone should read so that they can see what a well-crafted book looks like. Also, and I hope I am not alone here, there is something about Alex that you end up sympathising and empathising with and there is something of alomst a charm (if that is the right word) about him.

A truly artful book





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