A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess My all-time favorite book. Okay, granted it took me 2 or 3 times to fully get the gist of the Nadsat slang, but it's quite easy to pick up on after a while. Alex is the quintessential anti-hero. Sure, he's a delinquent, rapist, murderer and all-around nasty kid. But there's something about him that I immediately latched onto and didn't let go. He's intelligent, sharp, charming. Never once while reading the book did I have feelings of dislike for Alex. This could possibly be attributed to my intense love for the film version. Burgess develops Alex beautifully. The violence, or ultra-violence as Alex calls it, may be a bit hard to digest for some, but if you can look past it, this book is a must read. This is a society in which delinquents rule the night and the idea of free will is constantly in jeopardy. Basically, Burgess is a genius.

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