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  • Unknown Binding
  • ASIN: B00439PYAU
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (304 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,208,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anthony Burgess (25th February 1917-22nd November 1993) was one of the UK's leading academics and most respected literary figures. A prolific author, during his writing career Burgess found success as a novelist, critic, composer, playwright, screenwriter, travel writer, essayist, poet and librettist, as well as working as a translator, broadcaster, linguist and educationalist. His fiction includes Nothing Like the Sun, a recreation of Shakespeare's love-life, but he is perhaps most famous for the complex and controversial novel A Clockwork Orange, exploring the nature of evil. Born in Manchester, he spent time living in Southeast Asia, the USA and Mediterranean Europe as well as in England, until his death in 1993.

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Nice hardback edition of Burgess' most famous work, issued here in the 'Banned books' series. Needs no introduction in one way, it is a more thoughtful exploration of morality, punishment and freedom than the film conveys ( IMO ) An extraordinary work.

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In short: wow 7 Aug 2005
By Kolobok
It's been quite a while since a book has impressed me so much. I didn't want to read it at first - it is, alongside Kubrick's film, infamous for its depiction of violence and brutality. Not really my sort of thing. But I picked it up idly one day and, once I'd started reading, found I couldn't stop.

The novel is set in a strange, dystopian future and focusses on the character of Alex, our 15 year old anti-hero, who spends his free time indulging in ultra-violence, theft, rape and classical music. What's amazing is how Burgess gradually makes the reader become so sympathetic to his 'hero'. Alex is bright, witty, defiant; openly confiding his thoughts and feelings to his audience - his "brothers". When the state locks him up and starts altering him with the morally dodgy "Ludovico Technique" one can't help but side with him against his 'doctors'.

Part of the book's genius is the fact it's so beautifully written and laid out. Burgess's surreal use of language is incredibly ingenious. He creates the wonderful 'nadsat' slang spoken by Alex and his friends (or 'droogs') through a combination of Russian and different styles of English. As a student of Russian, part of the fun was deciphering the words and sentences and every now and then exclaiming 'aha!' as meaning suddenly slotted into place.

Ultimately, this thought-provoking novel left me with lots to muse about. Questions on morality, society and, most importantly, an individual's free choice are brought up and it's left to the reader to ultimately decide what s/he thinks. The book jacket described this novel as 'one that every generation should read'. I really couldn't agree more.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Horrorshow, my brothers! 29 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Burgess's masterpiece, and to his own dismay a confirmed cult classic. He never escaped the influence or the infamy of this book, and I doubt he ever will, even in death. Alex, the 'Beethoven-loving' central character maraudes throughout a future dystopia with his three droogs without restraint in a disturbing and gripping tale told through in the language of 'Nadsat'; a bastardized conglomeration of nonsense and English.(The language may seem a little incomprehensible at first, but don't be dissuaded, the book wouldn't be half as good without it; in a way it's what makes it so original and you soon get used to it, or should I say fluent in it. I found myself using Nadsat phraseology in my own conversations while I was reading it, just for fun).That is until he is betrayed by his droogs and imprisoned. The real message of the book then begins to appear however, and all the violence that assaults us in the first part of the book suddenly serves its purpose. While imprisoned Alex agrees to become a guinea pig in an experiment; an experiment to alter his mind, to cure him of all wicked impulses. He agrees in the hope that he will be let out of jail early, and he gets his wish. He is systematically brainwashed with aversion therapy, until he cannot willfully inflict harm on anyone without becoming violently nauseous. And so fully cured, he walks free. Then his troubles really begin, because he no longer has the ability to cope with the dystopia he previously relished for all its anarchy. He gets beaten up by his former droogs, now policemen, and is subjected to a number of encounters in which his former victims are able to take their revenge for his former deeds. Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute must read... 24 Aug 2006
There's so much more to this book than the hype. The underlying theme about morals, violence and the imposition of a civilised society, whether there are people who are truely bad people or whether it is just a phase, whether somethings should just be accepted as part of society, or a same set of values imposed on us all. I found the book a fantastic read. I wont say it was easy, but I needn't have been concerned about not getting it, as it doesn't take long to understand the language used by Alex & co, and it helped immerse the reader (along with Burgess' description of the droogs) into his world.

Althugh I haven't seen the film, the book hasn't made me want to. I've got a vivid enough picture in my mind as to what Burgess was trying to convey, and I think my interpretation is more than enough. The book is fantastic, and stands well on it's own.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Undoubtedly a 20th Century classic 29 Jun 2006
The strange lingo is called Nadsat and, it's not/never was a secret - it's based on Russian. This book is a massive cultural milestone, as is Kubrick's adaptation for the big screen. It's probably about 15 years since I read, and fell in love with, this book. Haven't actually gotten round to reading it again, but I bought several copies to give to friends, etc. You couldn't claim to be interested in popular culture and not have read this book - even if you don't enjoy it (and the violence is graphic), it's a must-read! I remember how strange the book felt, being written in this weird lingo which, at first, seems to alienate, but then, very quickly, has the effect of drawing you in to the world of Alex and his Droogs. At the time, Kubrick's film was still banned, and I waited several more years, until 1996/7, to see it (on a foreign satellite channel). Great film, better book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Replacement for loaned.
Published 7 days ago by Jacen Hedges
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Horrowshow book!
If Burgess was alive today, I would congratulate him real horrorshow for writing the best novella ever written. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sam The Man
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting but mad!
This book was engaging and graphic. It was highly thought provoking and allowed the reader to sometimes fill in the gaps when the nadsat language was use.
Published 1 month ago by Lorna
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic and Challenging
It is unfair to judge this book and say it is using a made up language as it is not. Burgess uses slang from the world that he created which obviously will make it a challenge... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rosie Bellwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable.
Very entertaining to read and an excellent - and sometimes thought provoking - story. Although, it was a slow read thoroughly enjoyable.
Published 1 month ago by A. J. Holton
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarrely captivating book
The book is devided into three parts. Whilst reading the first one, it seemed so strange and confusing to me that I almost got discouraged from continuing, however as you keep... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Patryk Rosowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
One of my favorite books. Comes with a glossary for all the nadsat language, which is highly useful. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Iona
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
It usually takes me months to try and read a book but A Clockwork Orange was so intense yet a guilty pleasure, it grabs you. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Molly
4.0 out of 5 stars Language makes it difficult but enjoyable
The language used (cannot remember what the author calls it) makes it a difficult read at points words like viddy and glazzy are easier to understand but it is annoying to have to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Liam Michael O'Shea
5.0 out of 5 stars A welll known classic
...and still fresh and captivating. Bought for my son. This book just cannot be described. Some of you have seen the equally excellent film of Kubrick. Read the book too! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Zoska
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