In a network of lines that enlace

20-something Londoner with a tendency toward book ranting.

Brilliant use of language

A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess

I picked this up on a whim; Waterstones marketing done right. I’ve not seen the film, and I didn’t know much about it before reading. I was a little unsure, as I’m not great with violence (I had to take a break from The Song of Fire and Ice when there was just too much of it), so I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this novella.


Language is a key influence in my liking for this book; the brilliance of the youth slang, and the way it represents the culture of this world is marvellous. It takes time to get used to, but after a few chapters I was completely immersed.


It’s not an easy read. The ‘ultra violence’ that’s committed is brutal, but not glorified. The novella is a discussion about free will, and how much control we can have over a person’s choices. Alex is ultimately forced to make good decisions because bad ones cause him pain; not because he wants to make them. Is this moral? Do the ends justify the means?


It’s definitely one I’m glad I’ve read.

Currently reading

Dangerous Women
George R.R. Martin, Gardner Dozois
Progress: 201/800 pages