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A Clockwork Orange [Format Kindle]

Anthony Burgess
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A terrifying and marvellous book (Roald Dahl)

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Great Music, it said, and Great Poetry would like quieten Modern Youth down and make Modern Youth more Civilized. Civilized my syphilised yarbles.


A vicious fifteen-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic. In Anthony Burgess's nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends' social pathology. A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. When the state undertakes to reform Alex to "redeem" him, the novel asks, "At what cost?" This edition includes the controversial last chapter not published in the first edition and Burgess's introduction "A Clockwork Orange Resucked."

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 une oeuvre puissante au style éblouissant 19 avril 2010
Par Gwen 1ER COMMENTATEUR DU HALL D'HONNEUR TOP 10 COMMENTATEURS
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Curieux destin littéraire que celui d'Anthony Burgess! Né en 1917, mort en 1993, cet excellent romancier anglais aura publié au cours de sa carrière une bonne cinquantaine d'ouvrages, mais la postérité a pratiquement oublié la plupart d'entre eux pour n'en retenir qu'un seul. Il en va ainsi de certains écrivains. De leur plume naît parfois une oeuvre si forte qu'elle éclipse toutes les autres. Et pour peu qu'un réalisateur de génie s'avise d'en faire un film-culte, l'oeuvre en question finit par acquérir un statut quasi-mythique. Personnellement, ce qui me frappe dans le cas de "Orange Mécanique", c'est que cinquante ans après sa parution, ce roman est resté aussi frais qu'au premier jour. Son sabir est toujours aussi cocasse, son ton aussi provocant, sa vision d'un futur dystopique aussi dérangeante. Mais ce qui confère à ce livre une pertinence intemporelle, c'est surtout la lucidité avec laquelle il se penche sur le problème de la violence et du Mal. A travers l'histoire d'Alex, jeune voyou de la pire espèce qu'un gouvernement cynique décide de conditionner chimiquement pour le rendre inoffensif, Burgess, en effet, se pose -et nous pose- une question essentielle: dépouillé de son libre-arbitre, un être humain est-il encore vraiment humain? Question éminemment morale qui inscrit cette oeuvre dans la grande tradition des contes philosophiques du 18ème siècle.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Très satisfaite 23 septembre 2011
Par Kel2
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Je suis très contente d'avoir trouvé ce livre en V.O. et avec le 21ème chapitre ! Parfait état et couverture très agréable au toucher. Livraison dans les temps indiqués. Je le recommande à tous les fans.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 parfait! 19 novembre 2011
Par sandy110
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L'article était comme il était décrit, je n'ai pas attendu très longtemps avant de l'avoir et il était bien emballé. Je suis très satisfaite de cet achat!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Conforme à la description 1 novembre 2010
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Reçu par la poste en bon état, très bien enveloppé.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Clockwork Orange 28 novembre 2001
Par M. Smitherman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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After reading the many reviews that have been posted here, I'm afraid mine will not be as eloquent, nor will it be a long and detailed description of the book. However, I might be able to express the importance of this book, and perhaps you'll even want to read it when you've finished my review.
I may have started out reading A Clockwork Orange because my friend told me how good it was. And then I continued to read it because it was engaging, disturbing, and thought provoking. Even though the book was written over 30 years ago, I believe it is still as powerful today as it was back then; perhaps even more so. Alex, the protagonist, is almost innocently committing violent crimes with his friends; for he isn't -trying- to be bad, he just is. He likes violence, and that's the way he is.
When Alex's friends gang up on him and leave him to be arrested by the police, Alex is sentenced to 14 years in prison. But then the opportunity to change presents itself to Alex, and he can't help but take the offer. Without ruining the story as so many previous reviewers have already done, I can say that when everything is said and done, important questions arise: is being good truly good if it is not by choice? Is it good to be bad, if that is what one chooses?
The book first came out in the 60s, and the American version lacked the last and 21st chapter from the original story. When it was republished, the book had the 21st chapter. Depending on which copy you read, with the last chapter or without it, the book will have an entirely different feel to it. The old copy represents the horrible realization that bad minds are always bad; the newer version leaves the reader with hope. Hope for Alex, and hope for oneself. Change is possible, the book says, no matter what sort of person you are.
A Clockwork Orange is truly a great work, one that will appeal to people for different reasons; and affect them in completely different ways. But it will affect them.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 And all that cal 28 mai 2004
Par Cameron Ruatta - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A Clockwork Orange is the story of good and evil and the value of choice. The main character, is a 15 year old lad named Alex whose life consists of crime, cruelty, and recklessness. After being betrayed by an accomplice, he is sentenced to prison where he volunteers for a program that corrects the seemingly uncorrectable. Only then does he being to suffer the consequences of his crash and burn lifestyle.
A Clockwork Orange is what I believe to be a fabulous novel. It may confuse a reader at the start because of the language, but its not that hard to understand the slang dialect if you have a firm grasp on English and are a few pages into the book. Also, one must be patient when reading it because the main ideas aren't revealed until later in the novel. There is a lot of building up the characters before hand, which is valuable information but may bore those who are already have a distaste for the book's violent nature. I also highly recommend that you read the British version because the last or 21st chapter is quite important.
Anyways, the book is more oriented those who can see past the gore and sex and can grasp the main ideas the author is trying to convey through a clockwork orange.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A real tolchock in the yarbles, O my brothers 30 mars 2001
Par John S. Ryan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Fans of Ayn Rand's ATLAS SHRUGGED will no doubt disagree with me here, but _A Clockwork Orange_ may be the most remarkable man-against-the-State story ever published. Anthony Burgess's approach is in one significant sense the opposite of Rand's: where she tried to project a hero (and in my opinion failed; John Galt seems to be little more than a one-dimensional abstraction), Burgess projects a thoroughly depraved teenager and forces us to root for him anyway. It's not every author who can make you watch a bunch of gratuitous sex'n'violence and _then_ conclude that even great moral depravity trumps behavioristic psychology and mechanistic determinism.

What "protagonist" (or Your Humble Narrator, at any rate) Alex does in the first half of the novel will make you ill. But what the State does to him to "cure" him makes his nadsat gang violence seem almost . . . well, "innocent" isn't quite the right word, but the fact that I'm even thinking of that word is an indication of Anthony Burgess's power.

For Burgess, the important thing is moral choice, and the possibility of choice entails the possibility of evil. Once Alex has been "reformed" by the very latest techniques of behavioristic science, it's no longer even _possible_ for him to be moral -- and that's somehow more horrible than any of his own horrible acts.

But Burgess stops short of making volition an object of idolatry. In the first place, he doesn't make any argument that Alex's actions were somehow "good" merely because he had _chosen_ them; quite the contrary. In the second place, even though Alex bears the full blame for all his depraved actions, there are hints scattered throughout the book that if he weren't living in a "socialist paradise," he just wouldn't have been acting this way in the first place. (For example, both his parents are required by law to work full-time. They also seem curiously unwilling to discipline their son, or even inquire what it is he does when he goes out at night.)

I read this book twenty years ago in an edition that had something this one lacked: a glossary. I thought I was going to miss it, but I didn't; Burgess is a fine writer and anticipates his readers' needs very nicely. If the meaning of one of his Russian-import slang terms isn't obvious from context, he works in a definition. (And there are a few glossaries available online anyway.)

The earlier edition also lacked something this one has: a twenty-first chapter. I hadn't read this before -- it was left out of the American edition of the book and therefore out of Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation as well -- but to my mind it makes a better ending for the book.

Sure, as Burgess himself admits, it's a little crude; we never actually _see_ Alex develop into an adult, we just suddenly learn at the end that he's growing up and becoming ashamed of his past actions. But the novel wouldn't be complete if Burgess hadn't introduced that final bit of irony: after all the State's torturous efforts to "reform" the poor misguided youth, in the end he just sort of, well, gets over it.

Other readers may have different opinions -- and according to Burgess's delightfully snarky introduction of 1986, that's okay with him. And he almost sounds resigned to the fact (for it probably is a fact) that of all his thirty-two novels -- not to mention his nonfiction (including a fine exposition of James Joyce released in the UK as _Here Comes Everybody_ and in the US as _Re Joyce_) and a whole bunch of music -- in the end it's this book for which he will be universally remembered.

He may be right that it isn't his best work, and he's undoubtedly right that it's a bit preachy. But it's undoubtedly the book for which I myself will remember him. And I'll make no appy polly loggies for that, O my brothers, for it's a horrorshow book with the impact of an oozy across the glazzies, and no mistake. This malchick and his droogs deserve a place in literary history.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Darkly funny and satirical masterpiece 25 juillet 2002
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have tried to write a review of this book at least ten times, but I can never seem to find the right way to describe it. This is mainly because I consider A Clockwork Orange to be one of the most painful, brilliant, and disturbing stories ever to be put down on paper. The invented slang used by Alex and his "droogs" is one of the best parts of the book. You'd think that the slang would make it confusing to read, but it doesn't! In fact, it's strangely catchy. They call it "nadsat" and it's a kind of Russified English. And I don't even speak Russian. (Burgess later invented "caveman speak" in Quest For Fire.)
The basic plot follows Alex and his gang of sadistic young punks as they run amok, beating, raping, and murdering with gleeful abandon in the London of the near-future. They then retire to a bar to drink drug-enhanced milk and plot their next crime. Eventually, Alex gets caught and is subjected to the will of the State. He's forcibly deprogrammed with the "Ludovico Technique" in which he's strapped to a chair, his eyelids held open by metal clamps, and forced to watch a long movie of non-stop murder, rape, torture, and other horrible violence until he gets physically ill at the mere thought of such acts. Then he is thrown back on the streets, a declawed kitten at the mercy of his former victims. The American re-edition is published with the controversial twenty-first chapter not included in Kubrick's film, plus an introduction by the author called "A Clockwork Orange Resucked."
Unfortunately, it's a sad reflection on society in that Alex was shunned because of his violence, and when caught, had violence inflicted on him in order to make him stop. This extremely graphic novel received mixed reactions, either hailed as genius or dismissed as violent pornography. I would recommend the movie as well; it's visually inventive and a must-see from one of the world's greatest directors.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 ***A Remarkable Story that Works for Me!! 26 novembre 2003
Par Stephen Pletko - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book (first published in 1962) has three parts. The first part introduces us to the teenager named Alex who is the narrator of the book. He is the leader of a small gang in futuristic England until he gets caught for doing the ultimate crime. The second part has Alex or rather prisoner 6655321 in jail. In prison, he undergoes an experimental procedure that cures him of his violence. Part three details what happens to the cured Alex after he gets out of prison.

A streak of grotesque surrealism runs through this book especially in part one. For example, as the gang of hoodlums drive to their "surprise visit," they run over a big, snarling toothy thing that screams and squelches, and as they drive back they run over "odd squealing things" all the way.

The most fascinating aspect of this book is the invented vocabulary or futuristic, teenage slang -- it has the effect of putting you in another world. Alex thinks and talks in this slang. A doctor in this book explains it: "Odd bits of old rhyming slang. A bit of gypsy talk, too. But most of the roots are Slav [or Russian] propaganda."

Alex as he narrates translates some of this slang. I found that it is best to compile a running glossary so as to make later reading easier.

At first the vocabulary seems incomprehensible: "you could peet it with vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom or one or two other veshches." Then, the reader discovers that some of the meaning is clear from context: "to tolchock some old veck in an alley and viddy him swim in his own blood" or "I kicked the chelloveck in the yarbles and he began to platch." The meaning of other words become known after a second context. For example, when Alex kicks someone in the "gulliver" it might be any part of the body, but when a glass of beer is served with a gulliver, we then can deduce this word's meaning. The meaning of other words becomes obvious as the reader progresses through the book.

Another fascinating thing about this book is its contrasts. For example, violence is connected with symphonic music especially the music of "Ludwig van."

This book is packed with various themes. The prison charlie or chaplain exposes the central theme of the book in a series of questions to prestoopnick or prisoner 6655321: "What does God want? Does God want goodness or choice of goodness? Is the man who chooses the bad perhaps in some way better than the man who has the good imposed on him?"

Stanley Kubrick's movie of the same name catches the book's essence. However, the movie does not entirely get across the futuristic, nadsat or teenage slang so evident in the book.

In conclusion, this is a new kind of book. I can't say I've read another like it. But I can say that this book contains *** a zammechat razkazz that works for me!! (For a translation, refer to the title of this review.)

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