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192 pages, Paperback
First published January 1, 1962
And the novel....It's DARK. While slow going at first, it didn't take long to get the drift of the slang, nadsat talk....all the teens use it, but I recommend staying with it without long interruption once you start.
"It's a stinking world because it lets the young get on to the old like you done, and there's no law nor order no more. I'm not one bit scared of you, my boyos, because I'm too drunk to feel the pain if you hit me and if you kill me I'll be glad to be dead.". So they "cracked into him lovely" and went on their way.
Fifteen year old Alex and his 'droogs' Georgie, Pete and Dim wreak havoc throughout this "horrorshow" of ultra-violence in this 1962 classic. To Alex, everything is a "real horrorshow" something or other....as you will see.
And it's a wicked new world as the boys don their masks, light their 'cancers' and set out about stealing, maiming and gang raping....not to mention murdering without a care in the world. No one is safe....not grandma with her house full of cats (go 'pusspots') or little girls in the music store. (oh my)
Even Alex's Post-Corrective Advisor has had enough and gives warning that a reckoning is due, but Alex knows he has the old baboochkas...."good old girls" as cover. And his parents, they're oblivious....don't go out much, too many hooligans on the street. Ha!
"Everybody knows little Alex and his 'droogs'. Quite a famous young boy our Alex has become."
But a power struggle to stay "real horrorshow" leader causes strife within the ranks forcing Alex to put BIG Dim in his place, then....O my brothers....traitorous 'droogs'.
Alex suffers thru 'viddies' for over a fortnight while in lock-up treatment, but nothing was so satisfying as when we see him experience payback. What goes around, comes around, hehehe.
As filthy dark and horrible as some of the actions are within these pages, believe it or not, it was almost comical because of the slang talk, even the worst of the worst, and I can't even believe I'm saying that.
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. What a crazy, surprising read! Guess I need to 'viddie' the movie now too.
UPDATE: August 11, 2019 - As for the movie, it follows the story as written with all the ultra-violence, but no bloody gore, the most horrid parts projected in fast-forward mode like a silent movie....and with music. The costumes of the actors are a riot especially Alex's mother....and, of course, the 'droogs'. SO CRAZY!!!
It may be horrible to be good. [...] Is a man who chooses the bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?
A terrible grahzny vonny world, really, O my brothers.