Penguin Decades bring you the novels that helped shape modern Britain. When they were published, some were bestsellers, some were considered scandalous, and others were simply misunderstood. All represent their time and helped define their generation, while today each is considered a landmark work of storytelling.
Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange was published in 1962 and has been controversial ever since. It tells the story of fifteen-year-old Alex - whose chief preoccupations are Beethoven's Ninth and ultra-violence - as he and his droogs rampage though a dystopian future seeking thrills, until they come under the control of the state's sinister apparatus.
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"A terrifying and marvellous book." (Roald Dahl)
"A brilliant novel . . . a tour-de-force in nastiness, an inventive primer in total violence, a savage satire on the distortions of the single and collective minds." (The New York Times)
"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 Burroughs)
"Burgess’s dystopian fantasy still fascinates as it clocks up 50 years" ( The Times)
"The 50th anniversary of Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange is celebrated this weekend with the publication of a handsome new hardback edition (the edges of its paper are orange!) by Random House (£20). It is compiled and edited by Andrew Biswell – Burgess's biographer – and has a foreword by Martin Amis, as well as unpublished material including a 1972 interview with Burgess, the prologue to his 1986 A Clockwork Orange: A Play With Music, and his annotated 1961 typescript of the novel, complete with his doodles in the margins. His picture of an orange with a spring poking out of it is particularly special" ( Independent)
A gruesomely witty cautionary tale (Time)
Every generation should discover this book (Time Out)
Not only about man's violent nature and his capacity to choose between good and evil. It is about the excitements and intoxicating effects of language (Daily Telegraph)
I do not know of any other writer who has done as much with language...a very funny book (William S. Burroughs)
One of the cleverest and most original writers of his generation (The Times)
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Book Description Penguin Classic, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110141192364