Review: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

A real horrowshow book to feast your glazzies on.

Not your typical scary novella, oh no. No ghosts or ghouls or zombies coming after you in the middle of the night. Not even a hint of a sexy vampire. Just old-school horror set in the near future, which will not only give you chills but also introduce you to a whole new language: Nadsat. Author Anthony Burgess very cleverly creates a new “language”, primarily English laced with Russian, which adds to the eerie storyline and makes it entirely more memorable. It centres a group of teenage boys, known as the Droogs, headed by Alex DeLarge, who revel in ultra-violence, the old in-out-in out and of course, Beethoven. The details of their late-night “adventures” are enough to make you never want to go out in the dark again. Ever. Author Burgess creates a real sense of horror through the use of Nadsat, surprisingly more creepy than you might first imagine. It may take a while to get used to, but it is worth persevering to understand it to get the full effect that Burgess creates. The storyline also bears every potential to be realistic, as it deals with real life horrors, not those of fiction and worlds of make-believe, which will send shivers down your spine.

A very eerie read, which you will never forget. For better or worse.

Words by Kirsten Alexander

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One Response to Review: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

  1. Joachim Boaz says:

    Kubrick’s movie version is eerie as hell as well… A gorgeous film as well. Burgess wrote a LOT of other masterpieces that no one reads (besides this one)…. So, I recommend that you track down some of his other worlds — like, The Wanting Seed.

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