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A Clockwork Orange

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A Clockwork Orange

by Burgess, Anthony

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9780434098002
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William Heinemann Ltd, 1975. Book. Good. Hardcover. Reprint. Purple cloth with gilt on spine, jacket is black with white and orange lettering, EX-LIBRARY with typical library markings, cover has tape marks, jacket price clipped.

Synopsis

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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Title
A Clockwork Orange
Author
Burgess, Anthony
Format/Binding
Hardcover
Book Condition
Used - Good
Edition
Reprint
ISBN 10
0434098000
ISBN 13
9780434098002
Publisher
William Heinemann Ltd
Place of Publication
London
Date Published
1975
Keywords
Literature

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Spine
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....
Jacket
Sometimes used as another term for dust jacket, a protective and often decorative wrapper, usually made of paper which wraps...
Price Clipped
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Reprint
Any printing of a book which follows the original edition. By definition, a reprint is not a first edition.
Gilt
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