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A Clockwork Orange

by Anthony Burgess

Part of the Penguin Essentials Series

Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

A Clockwork Orange Synopsis

'What we were after was lashings of ultraviolence'. In this nightmare vision of youth in revolt, fifteen-year-old Alex and his friends set out on a diabolical orgy of robbery, rape, torture and murder. Alex is jailed for his teenage delinquency and the State tries to reform him - but at what cost? Social prophecy? Black comedy? Study of freewill? A Clockwork Orange is all of these. It is also a dazzling experiment in language, as Burgess creates a new language - 'nadsat', the teenage slang of a not-too-distant future.

A Clockwork Orange Press Reviews

'A gruesomely witty cautionary tale' Time


'Every generation should discover this book' Time Out


'Not only about man's violent nature and his capacity to choose between good and evil. It is about the excitements and intoxicating effects of language' Daily Telegraph


'I do not know of any other writer who has done as much with language...a very funny book' -- William S. Burroughs


'One of the cleverest and most original writers of his generation' The Times

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780434021512
Publication date: 06/09/2012
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780241951446
Publication date: 07/04/2011
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241951446
Publication date: 7th April 2011
Author: Anthony Burgess
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 144 pages
Genres: Literary Fiction,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Anthony Burgess

Anthony Burgess was born in Manchester in 1917. He studied English at Manchester University and joined the army in 1940 where he spent six years in the Education Corps. After demobilization, he worked first as a college lecturer in Speech and Drama and then as a grammar-school master before becoming an education officer in the Colonial Service, stationed in Malay and Borneo. In 1959 Burgess was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour and decided to become a full-time writer. Despite being given less than a year to live, Burgess went on to write at least a book a year - including A Clockwork ...

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