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A Clockwork OrangeAuthor: Anthony Burgess
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Featured in the December, 2004 magazine This title has been made in to a film
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Fifteen-year-old Alex doesn't just like ultra-violence - he also enjoys rape, drugs and Beethoven's 9th. He and his gang rampage through a dystopian future, hunting for terrible thrills. But when Alex finds himself at the mercy of the state and subject to the ministrations of Dr Brodsky, the government psychologist, he finds that fun is no longer the order of the day... The basis for one of the most notorious films ever made, A Clockwork Orange is a serious exploration of the morality of free will.
The film adaptation was written and directed by Stanley Kubrick and starred Malcolm McDowell and Patrick Magee.
A Clockwork Orange was a shocking book in its time and it doesn't fail to stun even in our desensitised modern society. The escapades of Alex and his gang are sickening but compelling, although the reader can't help but read on. At times I was left thinking 'what just happened?' but I now believe that the beauty of the novel is in its interpretation. Definitely worth a read - it's something everyone should read at least once.
Category:Fiction Modern Classics