A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange…..

Well, droogs, let me tell you that I wasn’t a big fan of this book (or the movie) much to Cam’s disappointment.  I’ll start with the distracting slang.  Reading the book on my tablet, I didn’t realize that there was a reference guide until the end of the book.  After a few pages, I was able to decipher a lot of the cryptic Nadsat language.

One thing I did find interesting was the change of the ending.  Apparently, American publishers originally didn’t like the fairly happy ending.  Like the film, it was left with narrator Alex in the hospital “cured”.  The version of the book I read was the full ending in which Alex sees the errors of his ways, grows up, and dreams of settling down.  He is redeemed.  Sorry, but it’s rather disappointing.  In part one, he commits terribly violent acts.  In part two, he has terribly violent things done to him by the state in order to reform or “cure” him.  In what near-future dystopia does any of this lead to redemption?

Overall, I’m glad I finally got around to reading the novel to see what all the fuss was about, but I was really disappointed. Perhaps it’s because I prefer my dystopian novels written by Margaret Atwood, as evident in my review of her novel The Handmaid’s Tale.


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We're Tab and Cam-just a goofy, geeky couple exploring each other's interests from comic books, board games, video games, TV and movies. Join us in misadventures of learning to accept one's obsession with Magic the Gathering and the other's admiration for Steampunk décor.

7 thoughts on “A Clockwork Orange”

    1. Definitely, in my humble opinion. The first book I read of hers was Oryx and Crake. Recently I read The Handmaid’s Tale. Most of her works concern dystopian societies created by environmental destruction or religious fundamentalism. She is rather critical of religion, which is why many of her books become banned in high schools. Could also be due to the sex/rape scenes she uses to illustrate her points. For example, in The Handmaid’s Tale, women become little more than child bearers. Society becomes desperate for more children as the population diminishes, and some of the scenes capture this desperation. It’s not for the faint of heart. Cam didn’t finish it.

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