A modern classic of youthful violence and social redemption...by Anthony Burgess.
Mass Market Paperback
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I've always wanted to read "A Clockwork Orange," but never had the chance. Finally, after a few years, I decided to get around to it. I'm sure glad I did! This story brings us the life of a young boy full of corruption... We learn about his mischievous thoughts and actions and eventually his own mishaps.
This book can be hard to understand, but after a while you'll pick up on the "nadsat" slang. If you're not very fond of violence, I wouldn't recommend you to read this novel. However, if you're eager to learn about the life of a criminal and have an open mind when it comes to wrongdoers, this book might just grab your attention.
I don't want to say too much for I might give away too many details, but I must say I so enjoyed this book. Though it is a wonderful piece of work (even art), the reader mustn't see the protagonist for what he seems to be. My advice is to read this book with an open mind and consider every detail you come across. There's plenty of insight...
It is a dark, interesting story, but may not be accessible to some due to content. There are a lot of Russian words in this book. Some of them are explainable by context, but most aren't. I can't speak from the perspective of a pure English speaker, because I happen to know both Russian and English. The content can be very dark and explicit at times. I would not recommend this for young teens or children.
I love this book. It gives a realistic view of the future, and it's possible darker societal changes that can be seen today, roughly 50 years after the book was first published. It includes the british ending, which is the way the book is supposed to end, compared to the lesser philosophical Kubrick ending that the U.S. was initially given. I will read this book dozens of times over, just because i enjoy Alex's charismatic and vulgar demeanor to provide more depth, reality, and complexity than anything found in modern media's characterization of the rebellious teenager. The story criticizes socialism, democracy at times, meanwhile pointing out our flaws as human beings to appreciate the arts of past generations, with just the right amount of satirical humor to keep the reader invested. It's a hard book to read, yet i challenge you to put it down after reading the first page. This book is a work of art. Thank you Anthony Burgess
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