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Orange mcaniue — Wikipdia A Clockwork Orange IMDb Roger Ebert like alot of critics was appalled by Clockwork Orange Though he has celebrated Kubrick in other movies like with The Shining and which he loved; he slammed Kubrick in this ciritiue 'Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange is an ideological mess a paranoid right wing fantasy masuerading As an Orwellian warning fr A Clockwork Orange Burgess Anthony Livres A Clockwork Orange is the daring and electrifying book by Anthony Burgess that inspired one of the most notorious films ever made beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range 'What we were after was lashings of ultraviolence' In this nightmare vision of youth in revolt fifteen year old Alex and his friends set out on a diabolical orgy of robbery rape torture and murder Alex is jailed for A Clockwork Orange film Wikipedia L'Orange mcaniue — Wikipdia A Clockwork Orange Rotten Tomatoes A Clockwork Orange is a cerebral look into a group of young males venture into ultraviolence and mass crime against the innocent It's known for its deep themes and moralistic uestions that it A Clockwork Orange | Summary Analysis Facts | A Clockwork Orange novel by Anthony Burgess published in It is set in a dismal dystopian England and presents a first person account of a juvenile delinuent who undergoes state sponsored psychological rehabilitation for his aberrant behavior The novel was adapted into a A Clockwork Orange novel Wikipedia A Clockwork Orange Plot Summary IMDb A Clockwork Orange Plot Showing all items Jump to Summaries Synopsis Summaries In the future a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct aversion experiment but it doesn't go as planned —Will S A Clockwork Orange Singin' in the Rain YouTube The infamous rape scene from A Clockwork Orange

10 thoughts on “A Clockwork Orange

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    A Clockwork Orange is one of those books which everyone has heard of but which few people have actually read – mostly I think because it is preceded by a reputation of shocking ultra violence I’m not going to deny here that the book contains violence It features lengthy descriptions of heinous crimes and they’re vivid descriptions full of excitement Burgess later wrote in his autobiography ‘I was sickened by my own excitement at setting it down’ Yet it does not glorify violence nor is it a book about violence per se Rather it’s an exploration of the morality of free will Of whether it is better to choose to be bad than to be conditioned to be good Of alienation and how to deal with the excesses to which such alienation may lead And ultimately of one man’s decision to say goodbye to all that At least in the UK version The American version on which Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation was based ends on a less optimistic note In short it’s a novella of ideas which just happens to contain a fair bit of violenceIt is also uite an artistic and linguistic achievement Those who have seen the film will know that Alex the anti hero and his droogs friends speak a made up language full of Russian loanwords Shakespearean and Biblical influences and Cockney rhyming slang Initially this nadsat language was nearly incomprehensible to me and my first response to it was bad I found myself cursing Burgess telling him that it wasn’t fair to put his readers through something like that If I want to read an incomprehensible book I’ll read Finnegans Wake thank you very much However Burgess takes great care to introduce his new words in an understandable way so after a few pages I got the hang of the nadsat lingo and after a few pages I actually began to enjoy it because I’m enough of a linguist to go in for that sort of thing I found myself loving the Russian loanwords rejoicing when I recognised a German loanword among them and enjoying the Shakespearean uality of Alex’ dialogues I finished the book with an urgent wish to learn Russian and read Shakespeare I doubt many readers will respond to the book in that way not everyone shares my enthusiasm for languages and classical stuff but my point is you’ll get used to the lingo and at some point you’ll begin to admire it because for one thing Burgess is awfully consistent about it and for another it just sounds so damned good I mean if you’re going to come up with a new word for ‘crazy’ you might as well choose bezoomny right? Because it actually sounds mad Doesn’t it?Anyhow there’s to A Clockwork Orange than just philosophical ideas and linguistic pyrotechnics The writing itself is unexpectedly lyrical and not just when it deals with violence Some of the most beautiful passages in the book deal with music More specifically classical music because for all his wicked ways Alex has a passion for classical music He particularly adores Beethoven an adoration I happen to share I came away from the book thinking I might consent to becoming Alex’ devotchka woman wife simply because he is capable of getting carried away by Beethoven’s Ninth and hates having it spoilt for him He’s cultured is Alex and while his culturedness obviously does not eual civilisation and goodness a point he himself is uick to make it does put him a notch above the average hooligan It’s the apparent dichotomy between Alex’ tastes in art and his taste for violence which makes him such an interesting protagonist and which keeps you following his exploits to their not entirely believable but good conclusionIn short then A Clockwork Orange is an excellent book – a bit challenging at first but gripping and interesting and full of style and ideas Not many books can claim as much

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    How to review an infamous book about which so much has already been said? By avoiding reading others’ thoughts until I’ve written mineThere are horrors in this book but there is beauty too and so much to think about The ends of the book justify the means of its execution even if the same is not true of what happens in the storyBook vs Film and Omission of Final ChapterI saw the film first and read the book shortly afterwards Usually a bad idea but in this case being familiar with the plot and the Nadsat slang made it easier to relax if that's an appropriate word given some of the horrors to come into the book The film is less hypnotic and far shocking than the book because it is visual and because like the US version of the book it omits the optimistic final chapterThe British censors originally passed the film uncut But a year later it was cited as possibly inspiring a couple of murders leading to threats against Kubrick's family The year after that Kubrick asked for it to be withdrawn and it was even though he said To try and fasten any responsibility on art as the cause of life seems to me to put the case the wrong way aroundSee Withdrawl of film from UK screensandOmission of final chapterPlot and StructureIt is a short novel comprising three sections of seven chapters told by “your humble narrator” Alex In the first section Alex and his teenage gang indulge in “ultra violence” including sexual assault of young girls; in the middle section Alex is in prison and then undergoes a horrific new treatment a sort of aversion therapy; the final section follows him back in the real world rejected by his parents now the puppet of opposing political factions The whole thing is set in a slightly dystopian very near future and explores issues of original sin punishment and revenge free will and the nature of evilOne awful incident involves breaking in to a writer’s house and gang raping his wife who later dies A similar incident happened to Burgess’ first wife though he wasn’t there at the time Writing a fictionalised account from the point of view of the perpetrator is extraordinary charitable cathartic or a complex mixture?ThemesWhy is Alex as he is? “What I do I do because I like to do” and perhaps there is no that can be said As Alex ponders “this biting of their toe nails over what is the CAUSE of badness is what turns me into a fine laughing malchick They don’t go into the cause of GOODNESS badness is of the self and that self is made by old Bog or God and is his great pride and radosty”Can people like Alex be cured and if so how?Imprisonment police brutality fire and brimstone don’t work Enter the Ludovico Techniue whereby Alex is injected with emetics before being strapped with his eyelids held open to watch videos of extreme physical and sexual violence He becomes conditioned to be unable to commit such acts or even to watch or think about them This raises uestions than it solves The prison governor prefers the old “eye for an eye” but has to give in to the new idea of making bad people good “The uestion is whether such a techniue can really make a man good Goodness comes from within Goodness is something chosen When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man” The chaplain has doubts too “Is a man who chooses the bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?” On the other hand by consenting to the treatment Alex is in an indirect way choosing to be goodThe techniue or torture is promoted as making Alex “sane” and “healthy” so that he can be “a free man” but although he is released from prison he remains imprisoned by the power of the techniue even to the extent that the music he loves now makes him sick because it was playing in the background and his inability to defend himself means he becomes a victimDo the ends justify the means?Dr Brodsky thinks so “We are not concerned with motive with the higher ethics We are only concerned with cutting down crime” However if it wears off it will all have been for nothingRedemption?The possibility of redemption is a common thread reaching its peak in this final chapter Burgess was raised as a Catholic educated in Catholic schools but lost his faith aged sixteen He continued to have profound interest in religious ideas though as explained here The final chapter omitted from US editions of the book until 1986 and also the film feels incongruously optimistic in some ways but by suggesting the true answer as to what will cure delinuency is maturity it might be thought the most pessimistic chapter Is teen violence an inevitable cycle something people grow into and then out of when they start to see their place in the bigger picture? And if so is that acceptable to society? Language Nadsat SlangA distinctive feature of the book is the Nadsat slang that Alex and his droogs use “nadsat” is the Russian suffix for “teen” – see here Burgess invented it from Russian with a bit of Cockney rhyming slang and Malay because real teen slang is so ephemeral the book would uickly seem dated otherwise He wanted the book published without a glossary and it is written so carefully that the meaning is usually clear and becomes progressively so as you become accustomed to it “a bottle of beer frothing its gulliver off and a horrorshow rookerful of like plum cake” and “There’s only one veshch I reuire having my malenky bit of fun with real droogs” Where an English word is used literally and metaphorically the Nadsat one is too; for example “viddy” is used to see with one’s eyes and to understand someone’s point The skill of carefully used context makes Russian based Nadsat much easier to follow than the dialect of Riddley Walker see my review HERE even though the latter is based on mishearings of English To be fair the whole of Riddley Walker is written in dialect whereas in Clockwork Orange it's conventional English with a generous smattering of slangWhere the meaning isn't immediately obvious or is merely vague you go with the flow until it seeps into your consciousness much as would happen if you were dropped into an environment where you had no language in common with anyone else It's another way of sucking the reader into Alex's world and his gang Nadsat lends a mesmerising and poetic aspect to the text that is in sharp contrast to the revulsion invoked by some of the things Alex does tolchocking a starry veck doesn’t sound nearly as bad as beating an old man into a pulp Nadsat acts as a protective veil In the film this effect is somewhat diluted because you SEE these actsThe book was like published in 1962 and Alex freuently uses “like” as an interjection as I did earlier in this sentence – something that has become uite a common feature of youth speak in recent times What happened in between I wonder?Other than that much of what Alex says has echoes of Shakespeare and the King James Bible “Come gloopy bastard thou art Think thou not on them” and “If fear thou hast in thy heart o brother pray banish it forthwith” and “Fear not He canst taketh care of himself verily” There is always the painful contrast of beautiful language describing unpleasant and horrific thingsSimilarly the repetition of a few phrases is almost liturgical Alex addresses his readers as “oh my brothers” which is unsettling if I’m one of his brothers am I in some way complicit or at least condoning what he does? Another recurring phrase is “What’s it going to be then eh?” It is the opening phrase of each section and used several times in the first chapter of each sectionMusicBurgess was a composer as well as a writer and Alex has a passion for classical music especially “Ludwig van” This may be partly a ploy to make the book ageless than if he loved for example Buddy Holly but importantly it’s another way of creating dissonance a deep appreciation of great art is not “supposed” to coexist with mindless delinuency Alex has lots of small speakers around his room so “I was like netted and meshed in the orchestra” and the music is his deepest joy “Oh bliss bliss and heaven I lay all nagoy to the ceiling sloshing the sluice of lovely sounds Oh it was gorgeousness and gorgeosity made flesh” The treatment destroys this pleasure with dramatic resultsHorror and Beauty Sympathy for a VillainUltimately I think Alex is sympathetic villain he has a seductive exuberance and charm and although he does horrific things when awful things are done to him sympathy flows Yes there are horrors in this book but there is beauty too and so much to think about The ends of the book justify the means of its execution even if the same is not true of what happens in the story BrilliantJabberwock in NadsatThanks to Forrest for finding this brilliant hybridthe

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    What's it going to be then eh? A linguistic adventure O my brothers I had seen the Kubrick film and so reading the novella was on the list I very much enjoyed it was surprised to learn that American publishers and Kubrick had omitted the crucial last chapter that provides some moral denouement to the ultra violenceAs disturbingly good as this is one aspect that always comes back to me is Burgess' creation of and use of the Nadsat language This provides color and mystery to the narrative and it is noteworthy that Burgess' intent was to soften the blow of the violent themes of the book 2018 addendum it is a testament to great literature that a reader recalls the work years later and this is a book about which I freuently think This is a book that for me at least is connected to the Stanley Kubrick film I don't always watch a movie after I've read the book and when I do I usually draw a distinction between the two but these two works remain indelibly connected in my mind and recollection The most noteworthy contrast is the omission of the last chapter from the film Burgess' ending provides a settling of accounts while Kubrick's vision leaves the viewer edgy and uncomfortable

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    In 1960 Anthony Burgess was 43 and had written 4 novels and had a proper job teaching in the British Colonial Service in Malaya and Brunei Then he had a collapse and the story gets complicated But I like the first cool version AB told which was that he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour and given a year to live Since as you know he lived a further 33 years we may conclude the doctors were not entirely correct However the doctor tells you you have a year to live what do you do? Lapse into a major depression? Get drunk and stay drunk? Buy a Harley davidson? Not if you were Anthony Burgess Uxorious regard for his wife's future security bade him to place his arse on a chair in the unpleasing English seaside town of Hove and type out five and a half novels in the one year left to him which he later pointed out was approximately euivalent to E M Forster's entire lifetime output And the last of these five completed novels was A Clockwork Orange No mean featSo this little novel should be on everyone who hasn't read it's must read list It's a real hoot and it's absolutely eerie in its predictions about youth culture and recreational drug use It's also very famous for its hilarious language all those malenky droogs horrorshow devotchkas and gullivers and lashings of the old in out in out the reader must be warned that it's very catching and you will for sure begin boring all your friends and family about tolchocking the millicents and creeching on your platties and suchlike They'll give you frosty looks and begin avoiding you at the breakfast table but you won't be able to help it In extreme cases they might smeck your grazhny yarbles and that will definately shut you up Reminds me of the old joke where the doctor says to the guy I'm sorry to say you only have three minutes to live Guy says Isn't there anything you can do for me? Doctor says I could boil you an egg

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    In the near future in an Utopian socialist country England where everyone has to work except the ill or old whether the job makes any sense or not a group of teenagers like to party without limits at night Alex the leader George 2nd in command Pete the most sane and the big dim Dim he's good with his boots fun loving kids Your humble narrator Alex will tell this story my brothers First they see an ancient man leaving the library carrying books very suspicious nobody goes there now inspecting these filthy things and ripping them to pieces not forgetting a few punches on the offender to stop this evil habit next entering a shop and borrowing some needed money the owner and wife have to be persuaded with just a little force for this honor then teaching a scummy drunk in the street the evil of his ways pounding some sense into his addled brain Meeting old friends Billyboy and company in a dark alley they exchange love taps but boys sometimes play too hard drops of blood fall lovingly to the ground When so many noisy sirens go off these peaceful youths leave this unhealthy place Getting tired of walking the gang goes on a joy ride after spotting the empty car not being used The friends decide to travel to the countryside leaving dirty London behind for fresh air the beauty of the land the woods tiny critters to watch and the slow ones on the road to be put out of their misery with a merciful crunch Viewing a mailbox with the name of Home on it how delightful this cottage's welcoming couple lets the group in for a spot of tea they're wearing masks to enliven the carnival atmosphere even though the man is a creepy writer ugh Would you read something called A Clockwork Orange? What a silly title for the good of the world these pages are scattered everywhere flying high to the ceiling and floating down below to be properly trashed on the floor by the good doers Exchanging warm greetings with the wife Alex your humble narrator my brothers and associates go back to the city it's getting late school tomorrow ultra violent fun must end His frightened parents don't ask too many uestions at his small but dumpy apartment a place they share His room full of records of classical music Ludwig Van a favorite to inspire him which he plays very loud and his parents don't dare to complain any Later Alex is sent to prisoner for a long term murder they say framed what rot he is 15 His cell he shares with five other men nasty criminals all unlike Alex one will have to sleep on the floor his fists will not let him be the one Doctors Branom and Brodsky ignorant fellows they don't understand his slang have a new techniue to cure his violent behavior as some people call it two weeks and a free man let the torture beginA magnificent fable of what might be

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    A classic probably a bit overrated book and one of the rare cases in which I would say that the movie is better than the book The most unnecessary thing was to add an extra chapter at the end that took the flow logic and atmosphere out of the whole thing Nice development of an own language but also not as cool as other examples The whole dystopic brainwashing idea is one of the best elements It reminds me of many overrated classics that form 3 stages or categories of boredom Books that for no understandable reason have to be read in school depending on the countries culture and are mainly focused on the bad outdated old very long time dead writers of each country so that there are individual purgatories for young readers in each state Nobel price nothing to add the same with peace and economics it´s just a bad joke Clockwork Orange is in the third category Books that use complex not absolutely logical or even not for the author understandable instable plots and inconsistent ideas to be progressive provocative and sell by activating the bite reflexes of conservatives bigots and philistines and give nothing on the thousands of years old conventions of writing for the pleasure of the reader I´ve read much of all 3 categories and must say that it´s the same as with modern art If there is no recognizable concept many others could do the same and if it´s not universally acclaimed a masterpiece it´s probably average or completely inexplicably overhyped trash Clockwork Orange is one of the better ones but it would be nothing without Kubricks´ adaption and looking at the general ratings and popularity of all of Burgess´ other works one can see the picture of a one hit wonderTropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres uniue

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    437 A Clockwork Orange – Anthony BurgessA Clockwork Orange is a dystopian novel by English writer Anthony Burgess published in 1962 Set in a near future English society featuring a subculture of extreme youth violence the teenage protagonist Alex narrates his violent exploits and his experiences with state authorities intent on reforming him The book is partially written in a Russian influenced argot called Nadsat تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز یازدهم ماه اکتبر سال 2002 میلادیعنوان پرتقال کوکی؛ نوشته آنتونی برجس؛ مترجم پریرخ هاشمی؛ مشخصات نشر تهران، تمندر، 1381، در 211ص، شابک 9649040633؛ موضوع داستانهای کودکان از نویسندگان بریتانیایی سده 20معنوان پرتقال کوکی؛ نوشته آنتونی برجس؛ مترجم بهنام باقری؛ مشخصات نشر تهران، میلکان، 1394، در 180ص، شابک 9786007845264؛ عنوان پرتقال کوکی؛ نویسنده و اقتباس استنلی کوبریک؛ مترجم محمدمهدی فیاضی کیا؛ مشخصات نشر تهران، افراز، 1389، در 135 ص، شابک 9649789642432257؛ رمانی درباره ی نافرمانی گروهکی از جوانان در برابر قانون و جامعه، در آینده‌ ی کابوس‌واری «الکس»، یک نوجوان پانزده ‌ساله، حکایت خود را به وسیله‌ ی یک گویش ابداعی به نام «ندست» تعریف می‌کند، «استنلی کوبریک» از همین کتاب، فیلمنامه ای با همین عنوان برگرفته، و بنوشته است، پس همین عنوان فارسی از آنِ، آن فیلمنامه، و همان اقتباس نیز هست، فیلمنامه ی «استنلی کوبریک» با ترجمه جناب آقای «محمدمهدی فیاضی کیا»، را نشر افراز، در سال 1389هجری خورشیدی منتشر کرده است، جناب «فربد آذسن» هم همین کتاب را در 172ص ترجمه کرده است؛تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 08061399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی

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    Rebellion can take on many forms and in A Clockwork Orange it takes on the form of language the spoken word All societies have their constraints though breaking through them is often difficult What the “poor” disaffected youth do here is create their own system of communication that is so utterly theirs Every word carries history and by destroying such words the youngster are proposing a break from tradition they are proposing something new This idea is captured when they attack the “bourgeoisie” professor in the opening scene; they beat him tear his books apart and strip him naked in the streets It is an act of aggression and power; it is an act that is infused with jealousy and rage The lower classes are sick of the elites and the poor are sick of the rich And they want to stand on their own two feet “Is it better for a man to have chosen evil than to have good imposed upon him?” However despite the symbolic nature of the scene it also demonstrates the rash nature of such youths In their actions they perpetuate such divisions and class divides They never stop to consider that perhaps the professor could be sympathetic to their cause They just don't care; they enjoy violence too much Instead they just see and object of power knowledge and wealth so they attempt to destroy it Having passion and a strong will are vital for social change but using such things sensibly and at the right time is also of eual importance I'm not an advocate of violence but they could have used that better and productively too Society fears them; it fears these boys that represent dissatisfaction and anger How far can they go? How powerful could they become? What will the future hold? Burgress shows us a speculative future a “what if” situation that is not implausible The novel is advisory; it suggests that something needs to be done to society in order to avoid the pitfall the gang fell into here Like all significant literature the work has a universal uality it is as relevant today as it was when it was first published in the 1970s because it shows us what unbridled and misguided temper can achieveAlex the gang leader is thrown into jail after committing a particularly nasty crime The doctors then attempt to rehabilitate him through psychological treatment based on schema theory and the rules of conditioning and association Afterwards the thought of violence sickens him physically and he is thrown out into a world that hates him and one he can no longer survive him He is completely failed by society but it is near impossible to have sympathy with such a reckless anarchist He is violent and spiteful A Clockwork Orange is a postmodern masterpiece because of its experimental style language and allegorical content However it is also an extremely difficult book to read and an even harder one to enjoy The slang frustrated me; it was understandable but very dense at times It’s a clever device but an agenising one I disliked this element for the same reason I will never attempt to read Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce I liked to get lost I don’t like to have to put effort in when I read; perhaps I’m a lazy reader Regardless though it was a huge relief to actually finish I’m still going to watch the film and I do think I may enjoy it a little than this

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    This book was sweet The way russian was used to show the distopian future was one of the coolest literary devices I have seen Because I was so enthralled by it I often read parts than once to make sure I was getting the meaning right Everyone should read this book and then read it again to make sure they got it

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    Like many I suppose I saw Kubrick's film long ago without having read the book until now Part punk rock version of Finnegans Wake part scalding criticism of UK society in the 50s Burgess' dystopian Center is a real horrorshow in a non ACO interpretation of the word of violence Alex is a terrifying character every bit as evil as the Joker or Anton Chigurh whose state sponsored brainwashing is eually disturbing The prison chaplain's pleas for free choice tend to exemplify the theme of the book In any case the Wakesue language that Alex employs while not entirely opaue takes a little getting used to but I found it did not take away from the powerful emotions that the text invokesI also suppose that many of us who are anti Trump fear this kind of proto fascist dystopian state which in some ways is a cousin to that of Atwood's Handmaiden's Tale and this is what will make reading this book really resonate Read at your own risk O my brothers