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  • Published: New York : Norton, 1987, c1967.
  • Year Published: 1967
  • Edition: [New American ed.].
  • Description: xiii, 192 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 1310

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 0393312836
  • 0393024393


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A clockwork orange

by Burgess, Anthony, 1917-1993.

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Call number: Fiction / Burgess, Anthony

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Told through a central character, Alex, the disturbing novel creates an alarming futuristic vision of violence, high technology, and authoritarianism. A modern classic of youthful violence and social redemption set in a dismal dystopia whereby a juvenile deliquent undergoes state-sponsored psychological rehabilitation for his aberrant behavior.

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worth it

It takes a while to get used to the language Burgess uses throughout this book and some parts of it are deeply uncomfortable/unsettling. Well worth a read since it is a classic and consists of several themes that will really make you think. A good dystopian novel if you're in to that sort of thing.

Had to Learn Nadsat First

This book kind of scared me at first, but it's a classic as well as a dystopian work, so I was determined to read it. I did some background research before starting and looked through some online dictionaries of Nadsat, the slang language used in the book. This made it much easier to read through and actually understand what was going on in the story.

At its core, "A Clockwork Orange" is a coming-of-age story, but with a lot of shock elements that can kind of distract you from the main character's journey. It was an uncomfortable read at times, but there are parallels to our world even at present that make it worthwhile to read the book.

Brilliant - one of my favorite books

Interesting language, interesting storyline, interesting moral questions. Highly recommended for those who love reading (and are fairly good at it) and those who aren't afraid to read some violence and mature content.


Out of the ordinary and a bit challenging to read, but wow, it's a story that will stick with you. Very interesting and I highly recommend it.

Challenging Read

This book is a challenge to read because of its subject matter and because of the use of dialect and made-up slang for the characters. Once you are into the language of this book, it's hard to break out of it. That makes it a more intense experience overall for what I already consider a pretty intense storyline.

I enjoyed and admired this book as I was reading it, though at times it is extremely discomfiting, it's a very worthwhile experience.

Don't think you know what this novel is about just because you've seen the Stanley Kubrick film. They are both brilliant works, but should be considered very separate from one another.


This book was a bit of a challenge to follow at times due to its non-linearness, however I enjoyed it.

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