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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Discussion in 'Book Club' started by ThusSpokeZarathustra, Jun 10, 2006.

  1. ThusSpokeZarathustra

    ThusSpokeZarathustra Junior Member

    Now here is a very interesting novel. A horrifying and terribly violent, yet in some odd ways hilarious, good-and-evil fable with free will as one of its main themes. Can we force a man to be good? And, if so, at what cost to his humanity?

    Highly recommended, though you might have some problems with the Nadsat at the very beginning. Burgess basically created this entire system of Russian-based slang for his work. I believe there is a glossary of Nadsat words in some editions of the book, and you can certainly look it up on the Internet, though I think it would be best to just immerse yourself in the book and try to figure it all out yourself. After a while you'll learn what everything means by context clues and all that.

    The Stanley Kubrick adaptation is an excellent movie, as well. Of course it is, it's a Kubrick film, after all. Though let's not dwell on that too much, this is, after all, a book forum.
  2. Pogue

    Pogue left CF, please see profile for further details Supporter

    I read it about 3 years ago- found it pretty disturbing, but nonetheless I'd second your recommendation. The Nadsat was quite difficult at first, but it gets easier, especially if you just go with it and work it out, as you said.
    The film was possibly even more disturbing.
  3. Nyssa

    Nyssa Regular Member

    I really wish I'd read the book before seeing the film, but I loved both. The use of language, Nadsat and all, was stunning.
  4. Nienor

    Nienor why so serious

    I love the book, have yet to see the movie.

    I just jumped into it and figured out all the slang by myself...and it worked pretty well that way. I need to reread it, but am having problems getting my hands on a copy.

    I find the story line completely compelling - are we doing good if we can't choose to do evil?
  5. hippiechild

    hippiechild New Member

    I have neither seen nor read this one, but I did however read it was one of the most controversial movies and/or books of our time! And by what you guys are saying, I believe it!