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A Clockwork Orange

by BURGESS, Anthony

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William Heinemann, London, 1970. 1st Edition, 2nd Printing. HARDCOVER. 8vo in purple faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 195pp. The scarce 2nd printing (the very rare 1st printing was 1962), in the publisher-price-clipped Dust Jacket with publishers new price sticker to the inner flap, being œ1.75 which replaced the original pre-decimal 35 shilling price tag __CONDITION : An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight unread or barely read copy (hint of tanning to leaves, barely discernible hint of sunning to bottom edge tip of spine) in a FINE Dust Jacket (hint of tanning to inner flap top edges). A truly excellent copy. __NOTE. Depending on destination, this item may require an extra payment for shipping insurance. If so, orders made by card will be completed only after you have approved the extra cost... __We always ship in PROTECTIVE CARD PARCELS


Anthony Burgess wrote more than 40 novels, but A Clockwork Orange is certainly his most famous. The novel is set in a not-too-distant future English society, namely characterized by a subculture of extreme youth violence. Alex, the unapologetic teenaged protagonist, narrates his exploits and experiences with state authorities intent on reforming him. This narration — in a fictional slang called nadsat — is an experiment in language, combining elements of Russian and Cockney English. In fact, the title of the novel itself is taken from an old Cockney expression: “As queer as a clockwork orange.” The US edition of the novel was published without the final chapter, in which Alex grows up to renounce violence. Burgess strongly disapproved of the decision, arguing that it distorted the novel into a tale of unredeemable evil — far from the author’s original intention. Ironically, the US edition of A Clockwork Orange became a cult classic and was used by Stanley Kubrick for his 1971 film adaptation. A Clockwork Orange is ranked 65th on Modern Library’s “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century. It is also listed in TIME’s “100 Best Novels” (since 1923).

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