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A Clockwork Orange

By Anthony Burgess


Tightly postmodern text examining adolescent psychopathy, violence, medical mind control and notions of personal responsibility. The most notable feature of this text is Burgess’ formation of a complex adolescent language, leaving the reader feeling they have entered a whole new world rather than the UK in the 1960s.

Key Themes:

  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Institutional Abuses
  • Postmodern Madness
  • Revealing Reads

Significant Quotes / Pages

5-7 - “my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim, Dim being really dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar making up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening, a flip dark chill winter bastard though dry.  The Korova Milkbar was a milk-plus mesto, and you may, O my brothers, have forgotten what these mestos were like, things changing so skorry these days and everybody quick to forget, newspapers not being read much neither.  Well, what they sold there was milk plus something else.  They had no licence for selling liquor, but there was no law yet against prodding some of the new veshches which they used to put into the old moloko, so you could peet it with vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom or one or two other veshches which would give you a nice quiet horrorshow fifteen minutes admiring Bog And All His Holy Angels and Saints in your left shoe with lights bursting all over your mozg.  Or you could peet milk with knives in it, as we used to say, and this would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of twenty-to-one, and that was what we were peeting this evening I’m starting off the story with.”

34 - “But, brothers, this biting of their toe-nails over what is the cause of badness is what turns me into a fine laughing malchick.  They don’t go into the cause of goodness, so why the other shop?  If lewdies are good that’s because they like it, and I wouldn’t ever interfere with their pleasures, and so of the other shop.  And I was patronizing the other shop.  More, badness is of the self, the one, the you or me on our oddy knockies, and that self is made by old Bog or God and his great pride and radosty.  But the not-self cannot have the bad, meaning they of the government and the judges and the schools cannot allow the bad because they cannot allow the self.  And is not our modern history, my brothers, the story of brave malenky selves fighting these big machines?  I am serious with you, brothers, over this.  But what I do I do because I like to do.”

Reference: Anthony, Burgess. 1962. A Clockwork Orange. London: Penguin, 1972


- Charley Baker
Date Review Submitted: Friday 20th March 2009