A Clockwork Orange is a unique, modern classic. Burgess’ dystopian novel, is set in a near future British society, with an extreme subculture of youth crime. A dark, satirical comedy, A Clockwork Orange is an interesting exploration of crime, society, justice and free will. Burgess looks at what ‘free will’ and choice really mean.
An interesting and unique use of language, Anthony Burgess invents a new ‘teen slang’ called Nadsat. This slang did make the novel difficult to get into to start, however after looking up a few of the words on a Nadsat dictionary, I soon got into the flow and Burgess’ invented slang gives a new freshness to the language used.
The main character and narrator of the book Alex is the exploration of this teen violence subculture, and although you should dislike him, readers may find themselves drawn to his powerful and manipulative character.
Attempts are made to ‘make’ Alex good and no longer violent but at what cost. Burgess examines this cost and the effect on free will and choice.
A violent and shocking novel which will keep you gripped. I would definitely recommend this book, particularly to anyone who has read and enjoyed George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆