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A Clockwork Orange (Norton Critical Editions) - Anthony Burgess, Mark Rawlinson
A Clockwork Orange (Norton Critical Editions)
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“A brilliant novel . . . a savage satire on the distortions of the single and collective minds.” —New York Times “Anthony Burgess has written what looks like a nasty little shocker, but is really that rare thing in English letters: a philosophical novel.” —TimeA terrifying tale about good and... show more
“A brilliant novel . . . a savage satire on the distortions of the single and collective minds.” —New York Times “Anthony Burgess has written what looks like a nasty little shocker, but is really that rare thing in English letters: a philosophical novel.” —TimeA terrifying tale about good and evil and the meaning of human freedom, A Clockwork Orange became an instant classic when it was published in 1962 and has remained so ever since. Anthony Burgess takes us on a journey to a nightmarish future where sociopathic criminals rule the night. Brilliantly told in harsh invented slang by the novel’s main character and merciless droog, fifteen-year-old Alex, this influential novel is now available in a student edition. The Norton Critical Edition of A Clockwork Orange is based on the first British edition and includes Burgess’s original final chapter. It is accompanied by Mark Rawlinson’s preface, explanatory annotations, and textual notes. A glossary of the Russian-origin terms that inspired Alex’s dialect is provided to illustrate the process by which Burgess arrived at the distinctive style of this novel. “Backgrounds and Contexts” presents a wealth of materials chosen by the editor to enrich the reader’s understanding of this unforgettable work, many of them by Burgess himself. Burgess’s views on writing A Clockwork Orange, its philosophical issues, and the debates over the British edition versus the American edition and the novel versus the film adaptation are all included. Related writings that speak to some of the novel’s central issues—youthful style, behavior modification, and art versus morality—are provided by Paul Rock and Stanley Cohen, B. F. Skinner, John R. Platt, Joost A. M. Meerloo, William Sargent, and George Steiner. “Criticism” is divided into two sections, one addressing the novel and the other Stanley Kubrick’s film version. Five major reviews of the novel are reprinted along with a wide range of scholarly commentary, including, among others, David Lodge on the American reader; Julie Carson on linguistic invention; Zinovy Zinik on Burgess and the Russian language; Geoffrey Sharpless on education, masculinity, and violence; Shirley Chew on circularity; Patrick Parrinder on dystopias; Robbie B. H. Goh on language and social control; and Steven M. Cahn on freedom. A thorough analysis of the film adaptation of A Clockwork Orange is provided in reviews by Vincent Canby, Pauline Kael, and Christopher Ricks; in Philip Strick and Penelope Houston’s interview with Stanley Kubrick; and in interpretive essays by Don Daniels, Alexander Walker, Philip French, Thomas Elsaesser, Tom Dewe Mathews, and Julian Petley. A Selected Bibliography is also included.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780393928099 (0393928098)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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What I am reading
What I am reading rated it
5.0 Still horrorshow
It must have been more than ten years since I first read A Clockwork Orange and I still remember what a struggle I had with this one! Thanks to all the nadsat expressions I didn’t pony cul as our little droog Alex would say. I have to admit that now, after having learned Russian (at least to a certa...
Carpe Librum
Carpe Librum rated it
4.0 A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
This is a book that is easy to read and discount for its violent content, but if one is willing to look deeper there are important themes that we can learn from, as exist in all great dystopian novels."Does God want goodness or the choice of goodness?"That is the central question asked in A Clockwor...
juniper green
juniper green rated it
5.0 A Clockwork Orange
Reviewing my favourites, #1Like a lot of people my age and from my tiny place of the world, I came to this book through punk music. A Clockwork Orange had already gained some kind of kult following in the punk scene, when the German band Die Tote Hosen did the soundtrack for a Clockwork Orange stage...
zaczytany rated it
4.5 "Mechaniczna pomarańcza" Anthony Burgess
Jest to jedna z książek, które patrzą na mnie z pudła wyprzedażowego i nie pozwalają pójść dalej. Musiałem wrócić i ją przygarnąć, nie było wyjścia. A tak serio, który bibliofil oparłby się pokusie przeczytania pierwowzoru jednego z najgłośniejszych filmów Kubricka? No właśnie. Takim propozycjom po ...
Bookish thoughts!!!
Bookish thoughts!!! rated it
3.5 A Clockwork Orange!!!
I enjoyed it. But that's about it. This isn't going to be one of those classics that's gonna stick with me forever. I don't see myself rereading this anytime soon. But I sure am happy to have that cover on my bookshelve, cause I just love it. It took me quite a bit to get into the writing, I reall...
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