Books and Movies Reviews

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange, written by Anthony Burgess, is the story of a fifteen-year old boy named Alex.He lives in the savage, violent future, as envisioned by Burgess, and is the leader of a gang of hoodlums who indulge in drugs, murder, and torture.Alex and his “droogs” steal, rape, and plunder their way across society without any reservations.They speak an aberrant Russian derived slang called Nasdat, which Burgess used to make the book less explicit.The “droogs” go on slashing through their nightmare world until Alex is betrayed by them.
He is arrested and gets sent to jail, where he finds that he can get out early if he allows himself to be subject to certain tests.As their guinea pig, Alex undergoes a scientific program, devised by the government, to rehabilitate him from humanity.The novel bares the question:If we had the power of complete criminal reform, what would it mean for man’s ideals of freedom?Burgess’ brutal vision of youth culture in rebellion conjures interesting ideas about social redemption, and government control.


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