Well this certainly wasn't an enjoyable read in any sense of the word. Both the content and language made for a very difficult reading experience. I've started working my way through my course books for this semester and A Clockwork Orange was one of my first picks. Now, I had no clue how difficult a read it was going to be. The novel uses Nadsat which is a form of slang derived from Russian and the main character Alex speaks almost exclusively in this for the entire book.
Normally, I'd be able to read a 141 page novel in an afternoon...because of the bizarre language it took me just over a day. Beyond that the actual content of the book is very, disturbing to say the least. As a teenager Alex, along with his 'droogs' engages in extreme violence, looting, theft and rape. They consider it a past time. Both of these factors didn't do anything for my reading experience.
It is easy, however, to see how much care and consideration was put into the creation of this novel. The book is split into three parts each consisting of seven chapters. Which possibly is an attempt at mirroring Shakespeares Seven Stages of Man. Twenty-one is also the age that supposedly marks the start of adulthood. It seems like Burgess put a lot of thought into not only the words on the page but also how the book was constructed.
Not one I'll be revisiting any time soon...unless for an essay.
Name: A Clockwork Orange
Author(s): Anthony Burgess
Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics
Have you read A Clockwork Orange?
What did you think?
Thank-you for reading,