BOOK REVIEW : Clockwork Orange

GOODREADS:, ‘A vicious fifteen-year-old “droog” is the central character of this 1963 classic, whose stark terror was captured in Stanley Kubrick’s magnificent film of the same title.

In Anthony Burgess’s nightmare vision of the future, where 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?”


What’s it going to be then, eh? A linguistic adventure, O my brothers. The famous line of Alex in the book. The story si disturbingly full of violence and crime. It paints a clear picture of youth gangs, social and political dysfunction, freedom of choice and morality.

The ultimate question that one has to ask in this books is whether is it okay to brain wash someone to doing good or is it better for an individual to willingly and voluntarily choose good over evil.

  • Is it going to be in and out, in and out of institution like this? or are you going t attend to the Divine Word and realize the punishments that wait the unrepentant sinner in the next world? A lot of blasted idiots you are, most of you, selling your birthright for a saucer of cold porridge. The thrill of theft and violence, the urge to live easy — is it worth it when we have undeniable proof, yes nonconvertible evidence that hell exists?
  • The question is whether such a technique can really make a man good. Goodness comes from within, 6655321. Goodness s something chosen. When a man cannot choose, he ceases to be a man. 
  • It may not be nice to be good. What does God want? Does God want goodness or the choice of goodness? Is a man who chooses the bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?
  • He ceases to be a creature capable of moral choice.

The book is disturbingly good. The language was irritating at first but I do recommend eveyone to read it.

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