Book Spotlight–5/1/2011

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Before Stanley Kubrick turned it into a touchstone of 20th Century cinema, Anthony Burgess was turning language on its ear in his novel A Clockwork Orange—which might be most aptly described as a treatise on free will and morality disguised as dystopian satire, delivered like an axe handle upside the head.

Alex and his gang of droogs tear through London terrorizing rival gangs and innocent bystanders in sprees of mayhem and ultraviolence—punctuated by trips to the Korova Milkbar for milk-plus mesto and some lovey Ludwig Van.

Self-expression is the theme of A Clockwork Orange, exemplified by the novel’s unique slang, a pseudo-Russian jargon called Nadsat. It’s a must read for language junkies.

Or you could just read it for the sex and violence. BUT BE FOREWARNED: The violence in this novel is prodigious, and gang rape is included among its many disturbing images. So be a good bunch of droogs, my little malchickiwicks, and read at your own peril.

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