Monday, June 27, 2016

Book Review: A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange
By: Anthony Burgess
www.AnthonyBurgess.org
ISBN-10: 0393089134
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Vicious gangs of teenagers run rampant in an out-of-control futuristic society. One such young lad, Alex, is a highly sophisticated lover of violence and classical music, and he thinks his lifestyle is just fine—that is, until he’s taken in by the police and the tables are turned, so now he’s the one on the receiving end of cruelty and ultra-violence.

It includes:

• Violence (beating innocent people, mentions of “krovvy” or blood, murder, attempted suicide, gory descriptions of films a character is forced to watch)
• References to private parts and “groodies” (a.k.a. breasts)
• Rape (a gang of teenaged boys take turns raping a woman while making her husband watch)
• The main character imagines raping young girls and ejaculates
• References to “in-out” (a.k.a. sex)
• Some criminals are homosexual and one of them makes an inappropriate advance on another character
• Mild profanity (b*stard, d*mn, h*ll, and one b*tchy)
• Vandalizing
• Characters drink milk mixed with drugs; a character is also given injections
• Lying
• Stealing

A Clockwork Orange is a very thought-provoking look at a disturbing futuristic society. The Nadsat, or teenage slang, is confusing at first, but fun to read after the first chapter and can be quite humorous. The rape and violent scenes are hard to stomach, so I would recommend this for mature teens and adults only.

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