A Clockwork Orange (Paperback)

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Before you open this book, take a step back and look at the idea of morals. Where they come from, why they’re important, and what makes something wrong or right. In A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess will open your mind to a new perspective that encourages you to act upon your deepest and darkest desires and live your life by what feels right to you. This is an all around, real horrorshow book and I would recommend it to anyone willing to step out of their comfort zone for twenty-one chapters and experience more than just the metaphorical ‘white picket fence.’

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-Recommended by Sabrina

— From May 2017 Staff Picks

Burgess’ lead character in this novel has almost no redeeming qualities. And he speaks his own language. Alex, our narrator, lives in an ultra-violent world of immediate gratification that he himself has created. (See the conveniently provided glossary if you get lost.) Alex’s world get turned on its head, as realities based on selfish violence tend to do. A Clockwork Orange will have the reader questioning his or her own moral code, and the answers are neither simple nor black-and-white.

  • Recommended by Scott

— From December Staff Picks For Everyone This Holiday Season


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."

About the Author

Anthony Burgess (1917–1993) is the author of many works, including The Wanting Seed, Nothing Like the Sun, and Re Joyce. A Clockwork Orange is one of the "100 best novels" of both Time magazine and Modern Library and is on David Bowie's Book List.

Praise For…

A brilliant novel... a savage satire on the distortions of the single and collective minds.

Looks like a nasty little shocker, but is really that rare thing in English letters: a philosophical novel.

I do not know of any other writer who has done as much with language as Mr. Burgess has done here — the fact that this is also a very funny book may pass unnoticed.
— William S. Burroughs

A terrifying and marvelous book.
— Roald Dahl
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393312836
ISBN-10: 0393312836
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: April 17th, 1995
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Norton Paperback Fiction