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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic in Any Language, 22 Mar 2013
This review is from: Clockwork Orange. (Paperback)
okay, so this is in German and, although it specifies this in the 'language' section and the cover clearly has German text on it, there will be many readers who buy this version by mistake. Quite why so many reviewers fell the need to commenting the vagaries of Amazon's listing process in the section related to product reviews is still one of the mysteries of the Internet.

Clockwork Orange is a difficult book to read in any language, not just because of the exploration of violence it contains but the way that Burgess plays with language (including the use of Russian as a form of slang dialect). I studied German at school and always found it to be a very harsh language. To my mind it suits the brutal nature of the book - not very kind to Germans, I know, and no excuses offered for my linguistic prejudices - and helps to accentuate the grim realities of the world that Alex and his droogs inhabit. Clockwork Orange is still a good read (and probably would be in any language) despite the need for online translation dictionaries to enhance my rudimentary German.

however, as good as this translation appears to be (my German is woefully inadequate to comment on this) unless you happen to be multi-lingual, it's not a good place to start as a means to brush up your language skills - It can be hard enough to get through to a native speaker - but if you can manage to read in German, this is and important read and definitely one to get.
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