Favorite Book

The book I have selected is A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. This 1986 reprint of the 1962 dystopian classic features new cover artwork and the original final chapter which had been removed from the first American version. I’ve had this book for about 15 years and use to read it more regularly in high school. The book’s concepts revolve around the importance of freewill and moral choice as well as criticizing the government and penal system. The first thing that catches ones attention to this book is the cover which features an image of a screaming man’s mouth with flames above it. Already we get a sense of chaos before the first page is even turned. The back contains a short overview of what the book is about as well as reviews from various critics. Once opened, the author includes an introduction detailing the importance of the newly added original last chapter. The way which the story is written is quite interesting since Burgess utilizes a made up language called Nadsat. With no explanation or translation for this language, the reader must assume the meanings based on the context in which it is being used. This allows the reader to become fully immersed in the book’s world as if they were an acquaintance of the main character Alex. I believe it is because of this books ability to completely suck the reader into its world is the main reason I’ve held onto it for so many years. Overall its a great read both entertaining and thought provoking.    

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