A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Amazon Book Description:

A vicious fifteen-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic. In Anthony Burgess’s nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends’ social pathology. A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. And when the state undertakes to reform Alex to “redeem” him, the novel asks, “At what cost?”

My Review:

listened to the audio book version, which was fabulous. If I had picked up the book, I’m not sure it would’ve held my attention. The Cockney accent and Nadsat vocabulary made the listening all the more pleasurable. It doesn’t take long to understand the teenage vocabulary; most of it can be understood from context clues. Alex is an arogant, vicious, brutal, sadistic little bastard who thrives on the worst kind of offences toward others. He’s a character you love to hate. I won’t re-hash the plot, but my take away from the book is: If you take away a person’s ability to choose, you take away their humanity. Humans must choose to do good, otherwise they become like a mechanical, wind-up toy, a clockwork orange.

I’ve noticed since reading the book, I have an overwhelming desire to use the word “horror show” as an adverb, so in my best Cockney & Nadsat: Clockwork Orange is well horror show and a feast for me gulliver. So, my brothers, farewell, forever and ever, amen… and all that cal.