A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Updated: Jul 28, 2020

Unless you enjoy dreaming of ultra violence, this slim tale does not make for good bedtime reading. It's a horrorshow trip into the night world of a juvenile delinquent hungry for the thrill of violence. Resembles "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding because of the character behaviors, but contains much more brutality. There may be those who have great discomfort when reading. What is a clockwork orange? The meaning of the title matters little, for this dystopia is a jumble of incomprehensible actions and mindsets.

As painful as it may be to read about Alex's (main character) heinous crimes and utter lack of remorse, it is the added dimensions of state control and police brutality that make this novel so tough to stomach. Did I like these parts? It's difficult to say. I had to swallow small morsels at a time, since descriptions of gang rape and murder are bound to horrify whether or not the language is familiar. Fiction though it may be, the scenes in the novel are unsettlingly realistic. The trippy writing style and quality of reflection Alex's trials incite brought me closer with the book. I highly recommend you to read, it will be a very different experience for those who have not read Burgess before.

“We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.” /Anthony Burgess
“The important thing is moral choice. Evil has to exist along with good, in order that moral choice may operate. Life is sustained by the grinding opposition of moral entities.” /Anthony Burgess
“It's funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you watch them on a screen.” /Anthony Burgess
“Senseless violence is a prerogative of youth, which has much energy but little talent for the constructive.” /Anthony Burgess

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