In Anthony Burgess’ nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, a vicious fifteen-year-old droog who speaks 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. And when the state undertakes reforming Alex to “redeem” him, the novel asks, “At what cost?”
This edition of the 1963 classic includes the controversial last chapter not published in the first edition, as well as Burgess’ introduction “A Clockwork Orange Resucked.”
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