Summer 1963 • Vol. XXV No. 3 Book Reviews |

A Clockwork Orange

SHORTER REVIEWS A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess. W. W. Norton and Company, $3.95. READING THE BOOK BEFORE THE blurb, I thought A Clockwork Or- ange was a first novel. Actually, as I suppose everyone else knows, it is Anthony Burgess' eighth, his seventh being a British Book So- ciety choice; and the blurb in the English edition assures us "he is now incontrovertibly established as a novelist of prime stature." Well. The story is about juvenile de- linquents in that nearish future English novelists often choose to write about, when the world is ap- parently under an American-Rus- sian condominium and is an ex- tremely disagreeable place to live in. The book is written in "nadsat," the local slang of the delinquents, since it is supposed to be the auto- biography of Alex, the j.d. described in both the English and American blurbs as "genial." Readers with a smattering of Russian will find minor philological enjoyment in recognizing "horrorshow," "droog," "the old moloko," "devot

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