By Anthony Burgess
A novel as remarkable, transgressive, and influential as while it used to be released fifty years ago.
A nightmare imaginative and prescient of the long run advised in its personal beautifully artistic lexicon, A Clockwork Orange surprised readers on its ebook in 1962. It has considering that turn into a vintage of dystopian literature and the foundation for Stanley Kubrick’s as soon as banned movie, whose fresh Blu-Ray DVD reissue has introduced this progressive story on glossy civilization to an excellent wider viewers. This fiftieth anniversary version of the radical is released with the unique British cover.
A vicious fifteen-year-old "droog" is the principal personality of this 1963 vintage, whose stark terror was once captured in Stanley Kubrick's impressive movie of an identical name. In Anthony Burgess's nightmare imaginative and prescient of the destiny, the place criminals take over after darkish, the tale is advised by way of the valuable personality, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends' social pathology.
A Clockwork Orange is a daunting fantasy approximately solid and evil, and the that means of human freedom. whilst the nation undertakes to reform Alex — to "redeem" him — the radical asks, "At what cost?"
This version contains the debatable final bankruptcy now not released within the first variation and Burgess's advent "A Clockwork Orange Resucked."
First released 1962
A terrifying and fabulous book.
— Roald Dahl
I have no idea of the other author who has performed as a lot with language as Mr. Burgess has performed here—the undeniable fact that this is often additionally a truly humorous ebook may well cross unnoticed.
— William S. Burroughs
“A excellent novel . . . a savage satire at the distortions of the one and collective minds.”
— manhattan Times
“Anthony Burgess has written what appears like a bad little shocker, yet is absolutely that infrequent factor in English letters: a philosophical novel.”
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She said nothing. He added, his voice low, "I wouldn't be frightened if I could understand it. . But a thing that can't have any possible reason . " She remained silent. " They looked at each other. " Instead, her voice even, she said, "Don't worry. We'll find another contractor for the Rio Norte Line," It was late when she left her office. Outside, on the sidewalk at the door of the building, she paused, looking at the streets. She felt suddenly empty of energy, of purpose, of desire, as if a motor had crackled and stopped.
Her work was all she had or wanted. But there were times, like tonight, when she felt that sudden, peculiar emptiness, which was not emptiness, but silence, not despair, but immobility, as if nothing within her were destroyed, but everything stood still. Then she felt the wish to find a moment's joy outside, the wish to be held as a passive spectator by some work or sight of greatness. Not to make it, she thought, but to accept; not to begin, but to respond; not to create, but to admire. I need it to let me go on, she thought, because joy is one's fuel.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess