- Published: New York : Norton, 1987, c1967.
- Year Published: 1967
- Edition: [New American ed.].
- Description: xiii, 192 p. ; 22 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Lexile: 1310
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A clockwork orange
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Call number: Fiction / Burgess, Anthony
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.
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.
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.
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