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What the community says about A Clockwork Orange
- "Burgess is a linguistic & observational genius. The ultra violent world he creates is as real as any fictional world with parallels in experience can be, with its own standards & language. His anti-hero is supremely confidant & therefore short-sighted. The revenge society (including his own) takes is grotesque; & the measures instigated by social engineering backfire as the opportunist re-asserts himself to take advantage of blunders by the social elite. Richly underlying this storyline is Burgess' satirical humor & intelligence. I have read this novel before & had to buy it again as another reader 'stole' it from me, by failing to return it!""This is a great solution to the topic. A Clockwork Orange is a very well known and loved booked. It has many great reviews and a classic that people have continued to enjoy through the years making this a great solution. "
- "I'm not sure about the LSD theme in the book unless I missed it somewhere, but at first it is hard to follow since there is a lot of slang, but after a while you kind of figure out what it means. There is a deeper meaning to the book and it is up to the reader to figure out what that is. I like that the author doesn't come out and tell you what your looking at, you have to feel it and see it for yourself.""The best books with an LSD theme is A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. A Clockwork Orange is a frightening story about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. When the state undertakes to reform Alex to "redeem" him, the novel asks, "At what cost?" "
- "I think this book is so interesting, at first you will find this book is a little bit confusing. However, that's what the author's intention, he wants you to gradually unfold the story through the events in the book. It is a book that will draw your attention 100%, it is a book that will make you wonder what is going on and why the character in the book made that decision, it is a book let you reflect on human nature. I think for me, it is a book in depth. "
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- "This is one of my favorite books. If you liked the movie, this is quite different in some ways, but equally amazing. Also an incredibly unique story compared to other typical scifi/fantasy types, while also still being very realistic and plausible (mostly). I loved it.""This 1963 novel is a classic in regards to dystopian novels. A Clockwork Orange is necessary to complete any avid book collectors collection."
- "What can I say about this book? It was an instant classic from inception. It goes right along with my collection of Vonnegut, Orwell, and Dickens. The story was very trippy, dark, and if you haven't seen the movie you should check that out as well!"
- "This is a great suggestion but it may not be very appropriate for all ages. It was some disturbing stuff in it so those that are a bit easily bothered probably should stay away. It's extremely interesting however if you can get past the strange and lewd scenes."
- "The introduction for this edition is also notable, in that it directly calls attention to the novels main flaw. Like I said, Burgess himself doesn't like this book that much, citing the fact that he felt his themes of free will and morality were to heavy handed. And they are. But I feel like the book is worth reading in spite of that"
- "I was so excited to buy this book and also kill my boredom and am glad I did because I loved the story about this guy who was a gang and later used as a test subject to turn bad men in to good which I found interesting. I loved the book and I fount it fantastic."
- "After watching the movie, I just had to read the source material. Both are amazing - with the book discussing more controversial topics than the movie had time for. You will be asking yourself what you would have done in this situation."
- "Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange is a novel about a dystopian future where droogs drink a lot of milk and wig out on drugs and beat people up and other terrible things. It is not, I repeat NOT, journalism. The "ultra-violence" in this book is meant to be a parable and a warning about our society. What it might become. Not what is actually happening, everywhere, all the time. OMG, I think I'm going to cry. Maybe I'll read A Clockwork Orange to get my mind off things. :-("
- "I'm a reasonably intelligent individual, but I found the plethora of made-up words to be very annoying. Yes, you can figure most of them out from the context, but what a chore. I liken this work to literary auto-eroticism...a great deal of pretentious self-indulgence by the author The movie was an icon of its times. The book...meh. One person found this helpful""Teenage rebellion seems like a hallmark stage in a person's life. "A Clockwork Orange" exhibits a more gruesome and graphic depiction of this stage of life."
- "This book is a timeless classic. Unlike many classics of an earlier age which tend to have been more traditional and mellow in message, A Clockwork Orange have a very satirical, slightly cynical message that is poignant and elicits much introspection on the reader's part. Highly recommended.""This story is gripping and terrifying all in one. I was always hesitant to put it down. Though dark, the story was well written and laid out a very dynamic walk down the darker side of life. ""Based on my knowledge of the story and onm the commentary on wha the subjec to of the book was about, I would not say this is satirical at all. Dystopian yes satirical no. rating 0"
- "This was interesting to read since somehow I missed doing so a few decades back and I also missed the movie. This is quite interesting and not too long. I am not a critic. Burgess was a great writer. This is much different than other books of his I have read in the past. I think if you haven't read it before, it is worth the time to do so now."
- "A Clockwork Orange is a dystopian novel by English writer Anthony Burgess. This is a dark, compelling read with massive amounts of violent acts and imagery that run throughout the novel. The themes of the story are still as relevant as they were then. Ethics, morality, choice, are still important topics that are discussed regularly throughout life. After reading this it really stays in your mind for a while. While not really life changing, it really makes you think."
- "One of the most memorable books i've read. It captured me from the very beginning, with a healthy mix of violence and well written characters that had me interested throughout the story. A Clockwork Orange is heavy on the morals, and offers some strange made up words, but I found it to be interesting none the less."
- "We've all seen the movie. In fact, I saw the movie years before I got around to reading the source material. As good as Kubrick's film is, the book is light years better and even more shocking. It's scary to see some of the present in this dystopian tale about a gang of ruffians."
- ""A Clockwork Orange" is a cultural landmark, though it is not entirely clear what specifically it might be satirizing. It seems to more be a commentary on human nature than about any particular movement or culture. I would characterize it as being more of perhaps a sci-fi or dystopic novel, or perhaps a dark comedy. You will probably find it worth reading if you are open-minded, but it is not as straightforward as other allegoric books to which it is typically compared.""Burgess has developed a style on his own to write this book. The novel uses a massive amount of future slang that is at first super confusing. But after a few paragraphs, you'll be able to figure out what everything means. It certainly makes for an interesting experience. "
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in What are the best new novels"A Clockwork Orange has always been one of those books you should probably read. A book about criminals who come out at night and a story focused on the actions of a 15 year old, this book is a definite read. The forces of good and evil and the actions of the state to try to remake the main character into something more average. What will happen? Maybe you should read it."
- "A Clockwork Orange is an excellent book that is equal parts science fiction, dystopian future, and satire. The writing is original and witty and really makes you think about what's happening, the meaning behind it, and the potential consequences associated with the actions taken. The story attempts to resolve everything tightly at the end but leaves open-ended the future for Alex, leaving it to the reader to gauge where he or she thinks Alex will go. It is a great thinking book for the ages!"