A Clockwork Orange is not an enjoyable read. I don‘t think that I could recommend it, but simultaneously I wouldn‘t discourage anyone from reading it either. My tl;dr summary would be that everyone is evil, there are no good guys, and everything sucks. If you can accept that reality with a heaping serve of extreme violence then this might be the book for you. Full review here: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/a-clockwork-orange-anthony-burgess/
Used bookstore haul of paperback classics.
A Clockwork Orange is in rough condition, but it's one of the early American editions with the missing chapter! All the current printings are restored with the 21st chapter, so it's a bit of a novelty.
This was a very strange reading experience. The nadsat language really distanced me from the story - I kept having to stop and think about what a certain word meant - but as most of the story was fairly awful subject matter, maybe that was for the best.
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Nicked this book from my brothers bedroom when I was about 12 😱😱 have never forgotten it. Can‘t say I actually liked it but it has stayed with me. These are hubby‘s as he does like it....
Made me laugh so hard. The book (Clockwork Orange) was so much better than the controversial film.
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Will probably start with ACO because... it is the shortest! (Not typically a chunkster-reader) OK, found these at my apt complex commshelf. YAY!! And this is a classic - perhaps ALL are (oh yea of course on the Dreiser) so Win WIN Baby!!!! I have been reading whatever lately and am 3 behind on track for yearly goal. GOTS to get bizzy! Postcard from @amyrabbitt
It took me a while to get into this book because I had to get used to the language (anyone else know what I mean, raise your hand 🙋🏼♀️), but I really quickly became intrigued by Alex's character development and the - let's be honest - torture he went through. For a book I didn't even know I own, this was a good pick.
My next read is a book that I honestly didn't know I owned. I must have bought it on Amazon and put it in a "to read" pile and forgot about it, but I found it this morning and am going to check it out! (And yes, that is a Halsbury's underneath it - I was reading that first ?)
This is one I'd like to recommend my fellow droogies and devotchka's, it's a fantastic, thought-provoking, horrific, occasionally hilarious and immersive read! 👀
So go get yourself a copy, sit on your oddy knocky, make yourself a cup of chai and give this book a good viddy at! 😉
Burgess' use of language to represent Alex's mental isolation is absolutely fab! It has so many interesting philosophical debates ranging from the religious to the political, and of course the all important question: 'is it better for a man to have chosen evil than to have good imposed upon him?' Definitely worth a read😄 #aclockworkorange
1. Depends. I like different shades of pink and purple
3. I had to find a dictionary for the words used. I never finished reading it.
4. I don‘t put anything on it, but I dip in ketchup
5. Calling hours for my aunt tonight and burial tomorrow and then a party at my cousins.
How cool is this A Clockwork Orange inspired Three Floyds beer? I didn‘t buy it since I can‘t do milk stout in 85-degree weather, but I ogled it for a minute. 😍
My sister gave me this scratch off poster of 100 Essential Novels, and I finally found a frame and started scratching. I‘ve read 42 of them so far. So now my TBR is 58 books longer. 😀
Because of the film‘s reputation for violence I had avoided this book. I think, however, that there are a couple of things that keep it from being too violent to read. First, when you‘re reading you can filter somewhat how you visualize the story, and second, the use of the made-up slang serves to distance the reader from the graphic nature. Be sure you read the post 1986 version, or one published outside the US to get the important 21st chapter.
1. Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark way back when. I don‘t read many scary ones.
2. A Clockwork Orange
3. One Christmas Eve I was driving up to northern Maine alone and it was super late like 11:30pm. I was the only person on the road and hit black ice. I spun in circles and managed to not hit anything and stopped in the lane I was in going the correct way. I never screamed so hard in my life.
4. Anyone who wants to do this can
I‘ve been listening to this on my commute. Not my usual fare, but I‘m trying to read through the 100 books on the poster. I‘m glad I got out of my comfort zone because, as disturbing as the subject matter is, it‘s an amazing book with important ideas to ponder. The author‘s intro is important too, explaining how Chapter 21, which he feels is key, was cut by the US publisher and from the movie, changing the whole arc of the story. Much to ponder.
I would read all of these titles reimagined as specific.
A Clockwork Orange is my favorite reimagining (even though it was technically already sci-fi)
“A steampunk novel in which our hero must construct The Orange, a secret weapon disguised as a piece of fruit. He wears goggles to do it. The goggles are crucial for some reason.”
Hour 18: From Page to Screen. #24in48readathon #24in48
I've evolved a lot a person the last few years and that's included taking a hard look at some of my darlings. My response to this comes with mixed feelings, but it's remained a favorite. My second favorite doesn't fare much better (worse, actually); Levin's Rosemary's Baby was directed by Roman Polanski.
It can be fiction or non-fiction. It makes no difference because they share a foundational need for any good story. Character development and the quality of it makes or breaks a book. We may love and/or loathe the character we are reading but we must witness their growth over the course of the book. If we don‘t, then more often than not, a story is a failure.
My girl @Pennington.K went for the classics in our #DystopianBluesSwap (I definitely didn‘t, so I‘ll be interested to see what Krystal thinks of what I sent her). What was really cute was the way she decorated the box! Books inside were the classics (‘Brave New World‘, ‘Island‘, ‘A Clockwork Orange‘, and ‘The Time Machine‘). Only one I‘ve read is ‘Brave New World‘ a long time ago. Funnily, this is our 2nd matchup! Thank you!!! Hope you like yours!
During WWII, Anthony Burgess‘s wife was robbed and raped by a group of US Army deserters. In A Clockwork Orange Burgess is trying to understand what would lead people to do what they did, and to see if he could find any redemption for them.
The result is a book about #EvilFriends (‘droogs‘ in the book‘s slang), raping, and destroying anything.
An excellent book to read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Having known teenagers like Alex and having years later bumped into them at a park pushing their child on a swing is both boggling and expected. If there is no hope for Alex what hope is there for any of us? Freewill, control, violence, language as expression, language as action are all intensely explored in this novel. "What's it going to be then, eh?" I fancy a chai tea. ?
"Each man kills the thing he loves" - this resonates with me, there is an incredibly fine line that can easily be blurred, severed or ignored that moves our love to hate and vice versa.