Adult Fiction Books Reviews

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

September 27, 2018

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

Pages: 141

ISBN: 978-0-141-18260-5

Rating: 2/5

Have you read A Clockwork Orange?

What did you think?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x

  • Reply
    September 28, 2018 at 11:32 am

    i read this a few years ago and its wild that such a short book takes such a toll and time to read!!!

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      Katie - A Novel Idea
      October 2, 2018 at 8:33 pm

      I couldn’t wrap my head around it for a while. Though it amuses me that the word for eyes also means nipples…

      Katie x

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    Richard Bell
    November 21, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    I read it because of the movie and was sorry I saw both, I do not need extra violence in my head-there is enough in the world already.

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      Katie - A Novel Idea
      November 23, 2018 at 5:33 pm

      Very fair point. I had no idea how violent it was!

      Katie x

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