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Fifteen-year-old Alex and his three friends start an evening's mayhem by hitting an old man, tearing up his books and stripping him of money and clothes. Because of his delinquent excesses, Alex is jai...

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“The Ludovico Experiment”

published 07/06/2014

Rightly a "Penguin Essential" - it's one of those ...

It's violent, and just plain hard work to read - b...

A Clockwork Orange comes under the heading of "books you feel you ought to have read by now". Mostly these are books that you don't necessarily want to read, but are considered such classics that an inability to pass any kind of comment upon them suggests a gaping hole in your education. Like...

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“Tick_tock_tick_tock”

published 12/04/2004

Learning nadsat, making use of the grey matter!

Disturbing violence

I own the 1972 Penguin Books edition with the distinctive cover designed by David Pelham. As I'm on holiday I thought it would be nice to reread this classic by Anthony Burgess. ANTHONY BURGESS Born John Anthony Burgess Wilson in 1917. Amazingly enough the man was in the Army for six years, then...

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Excellent

Makes you think

Not the nicest subject matters ever

I can’t remember why I brought this book, I just remember my 13 year old self dragging my mother round Waterstones in South Kensington, telling her we weren’t leaving the shop until we found it. Then 3 pages into it on the tube, wondering what on earth I had done. However, Ten years on and at...

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Excellent

A really great read

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It's been some years since I've read ACO. But the memory of it will always remain in my mind. It tells the story of Alex, a teenager who robs and pillages, rapes and commit's acts of ultra-violence with his band of friends. This continues on a daily basis until he is eventually caught during one...

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Excellent

“Can you pony this..?”

published 07/11/2002

A marvellous language and a wonderful concept...

Not for the faint-hearted...

Hello my Ciaoing droogs, I want to govoreet to you about Nadsat, so pour yourselves a long cold peet of breakfast moloko or a steaming chasha of chai to go with your eggiwegs and soldiers and I’ll begin. Do you think Kirsty1 has gone a bit bezoomny? Well you may be right. But before you ookadeet...

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“Clockwork Codswallop”

published 20/05/2001

As literature, immensely entertaining…

As philosophy and science, infantile.

*A Clockwork Orange* is the story, written in an invented slang of miscegenated Russian and cockney, of a juvenile delinquent called Alex who wounds and rapes for kicks in between worshipping at the shrines of Ludwig V. and Wolfgang M. After many bloody adventures with his droogies, he is caught...

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Excellent

Innovative and thought-provoking.

Ultraviolent. Language may prove inaccessible.

I know this review has been done before, but I thought I might as well give my opinion on the book that I pinched my Ciao username from* - not because I identified with the ultraviolent ways of the main character, you understand, but rather because I thought it was kewl ;-) p.s. didn't intend for...

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Excellent

Everything

Slang will make many put this book down immediatel...

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess is probably my favorite novel of all time, yet I rarely find myself recommending this book to my friends. With other favorite books of mine, like Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five and King's Misery, I found myself recommending them to everyone. Why won't I...

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“Beauty Born From Chaos”

published 05/02/2001

Visionary,original and well written

the language can be tough going at times...

Yes,you've heard the hype and you might have even seen the film.Nothing can quite prepare you for this book however... Set in the near future the novel "A Clockwork Orange" was born out of Anthony Burgesses' brutal experience of yob culture. It centres around a 14 year old delinquent called Alex...

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“Really makes you think”

published 16/07/2000

I initially found this book kind of hard to read as part of the book is written in a strange language with words such as "rookers" for hands. However once you really get into the book the language is no longer a problem you quickly pick it up. The book is pretty addictive especially when you get...

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Excellent

Reading one of the most sensationalist novels know...

Not being able to put it down!

Rape, reform and retribution. In 'A clockwork Orange' Burgess invites you to fall in love with the violence of the dystopian hero Alex and become mesmorised by the sheer brutality of the events that unfold. In a brutal indictment of the autocratic soceity in which Burgess pereceived he lived...

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Excellent

“Clockwork Orange Rules”

published 20/03/2001

Hard to put down

May be to violent for some readers

A Clockwork Orange, published in 1962, is probably Anthony Burgress's best known novel. The story takes a first person look at the protagonist's journey from teenage hoodlum, to model citizen, back to an improved hoodlum. Burgess uses his command of language to tell the story of Alex, the leader...

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Excellent

“Rule 1--Keep Reading”

published 18/01/2001

Definitely a classic

Hard reading at first

If you've seen and enjoyed Stanley Kubrick's film 'A Clockwork Orange,' you'll probably feel compelled to read the book the film is based on. I think I started this book about 5 times, got to about the 20th page and stopped before I finally forced myself to go on. Now, I consider myself a fairly...

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Excellent

a compelling novel with vivid gruesome description...

maybe the descriptions were too vivid

At the start of the book I found the words intimidating, and I often had to try and translate the words, but by the end of the book I had a full understanding of this juvenile language and it had become second nature to me and I no longer needed to translate the words, I even by accident used...

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Excellent

“Ultraviolence and Milk Bars”

published 11/03/2001

Skillfully written

The language used is hard to understand

I am loathe to apply the word 'classic' to this book as it seems such a bland word to apply to a work so great. But classic it is - a novel of unrivalled insight and full of thought-provoking discussion. The story begins with the motley crew of four youths of which Alex is the leader. They...

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