A vicious fifteen-year-old "droog" is the central character of this 1963 classic, whose stark terror was captured in Stanley Kubrick's magnificent film of the same title.
In Anthony Burgess's nightmare vision of the future, where 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. When the state undertakes to reform Alex—to "redeem" him—the novel asks, "At what cost?"
Why was it banned?
A Clockwork Orange was banned in some US schools upon its release on grounds of immorality – it was thought to contain too much sexual violence. Some of you might know that there is a movie adaptation of this book which caused even more uproar – upon the movie release, violent teenage gangs took to the streets of London, spurred on by what they had witnessed on the movie screen. Words are important, yo.
Why did you choose it?
So I picked A Clockwork Orange to read because it’s such a famous novel and has always been on my to-read list. I just needed a reason to get around to reading it, I suppose. Continue reading