A Clockwork Orange (UK edition) by Anthony Burgess

By Anthony Burgess

A super examining from the unconventional via one of many wittiest commentators and literary figures of this century. "Antony Burgess reads chapters of his novel A Clockwork Orange" with hair-raising force and effort. even though it is a myth set in an Orwellian destiny, this is often whatever yet a bedtime story."-- "New York occasions"

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Then he let out a very shoomny smeck - "Ho ho ho" - pretending to start wiping his yahma with it. "All right," I said. " In the trousers of this starry veck there was only a malenky bit of cutter (money, that is) - not more than three gollies - so we gave all his messy little coin the scatter treatment, it being hen-korm to the amount of pretty polly we had on us already. Then we smashed the umbrella and razrezzed his platties and gave them to the blowing winds, my brothers, and then we'd finished with the starry teacher type veck.

We had to dash back for fear of the filth splashing on our platties, but splussshhhh and glolp she went, down and lovely. " Then we made for the station to ride the one stop to Center, as the middle of the town was called. We paid our fares nice and polite and waited gentlemanly and quiet on the platform, old Dim fillying with the slot machines, his carmans being full of small malenky coin, and ready if need be to distribute chocbars to the poor and starving, though there was none such about, and then the old espresso rapido came lumbering in and we climbed aboard, the train looking to be near empty.

Nadsat, a Russified version of English, was meant to muffle the raw response we expect from pornography. It turns the book into a linguistic adventure. People preferred the film because they are scared, rightly, of language. I don’t think I have to remind readers what the title means. Clockwork oranges don’t exist, except in the speech of old Londoners. The image was a bizarre one, always used for a bizarre thing. “He’s as queer as a clockwork orange,” meant he was queer to the limit of queerness.

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