A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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Shocking, radical, and undeniably thought-provoking, A Clockwork Orange remains the most enduring novel by Anthony Burgess--a Fellow of Britain's Royal Society of Literature. With the tone of a nightmarish comedy, Burgess satirically envisions a warped future in which gangs of sadistic youths rule the streets after dark. Meet Alex, a 15-year-old boy who enjoys rape, ultraviolence, and Beethoven.
Publisher: [New York] : Harper Audio, [2013]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780061450877
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file, 7 hr., 42 min.)
Additional Contributors: Hollander, Tom 1967-
Harper Audio (Firm)

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Apr 18, 2014

Anthony Burgess wants to investigate an interesting question about crime, free will and the power of the state. The main character, however, fights the author's good intention. Alex rapes and murders because he likes it, so just leave him alone. The effect is to arouse a desire for vigilante justice, which doesn't need any encouragement. The author's semantic device--making Alex speak in Russian slang--might have worked in 1962 when the English audience was rabid with Cold War fear. Today, it is easier to separate the Russian people and their language from Vladimir Putin's regime. Did the US rhetoric during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan lead or follow the change in our powers of discernment?

Mar 27, 2010

It's easier to listen to than read.


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