Anna reviews: A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
A Clockwork Orange is a dystopian novel by Anthony Burgess published in 1962. Set in a near future English society featuring a subculture of extreme youth violence, the teenage protagonist, Alex, narrates his violent exploits and his experiences with state authorities intent on reforming him. The book is partially written in a Russian-influenced argot called “Nadsat“. According to Burgess it was a jeu d’esprit written in just three weeks.
In 2005, A Clockwork Orange was included on Time magazine’s list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923, and it was named by Modern Library and its readers as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.
“A man who cannot choose ceases to be a man.”
I don’t want to spoil this for you, but WOW! It’s one of those books that I’m not sure I want to read again, but I’m glad that I did. A Clockwork Orangeby Anthony Burgess follows a fifteen-year-old worse-than-degenerate-thief-and-rapist Alex and how he becomes a part of a government experiment to correct criminals. A Clockwork Orange has a lot to say about rehabilitation and people’s intentions behind it. After figuring out the language, I was totally sucked into it.
Also, as disturbing as the book often was, I thought a lot of characters, like Alex’s parents provided some really great situational humour, so maybe someday, I’ll watch the 1970’s film. Even as Alex’s actions are often deplorable, Burgess got me to the point where I was inside his suffering and wanting the best for him. I also liked that nobody in the story truly had a pure point of view on violence, rehabilitation, totalitarianism, or anarchy. As weird as this sounds, it’s a really human story.