Summary: A young man, Alex, is part of this “gang” known as droogs. They have this thing for picking on people who are innocent. During this they break into a house and rape and accidently kill a woman. Alex is the one arrested and sent to jail. He also spent time in a weird hospital type place for therapy. Then he is allowed to be released back into the hell world he has helped create. He runs into his old droog friends and they all hate him. They torture him just like they did with others. Soon enough though he starts to cause trouble angain.
Evaluation: I love this book! I thought it was very sickening in many ways, but at the same time it was also very funny. The adult humor is great. I also love the fact that they used the same language and speaking terms as they did with the movie. This book was more than compelling to me. I enjoyed reading it very much. I soon hope to actually buy the book myself and read it again!
Summary: A criminal, named Alex, and his other friends (all about 16 years old) rape and murder a girl. Then Alex gets arrested, but his friends get away. The people who arrested him decide to do a new found experiment to see if they can change his criminal behavior.
Evaluation: I thought that this book was extremely well written but in a weird style, because the author can be a bit confusing, but of course that’s all part of the fun.
Summary: A Clockwork Orange follows the story of a troublesome and often monstrous adolescent’s journey and torture. His tale begins with him and his friends Georgie, Dim, and Pete bopping around town and causing trouble, beating people up and stripping them of their clothes. Eventually though they go too far and someone ends up dead; his friends leave him to take the blame when the cops show up, and he is thrown in jail. After two years in jail he learns of a drastic treatment plan that could get him out in a week. Knowing nothing of it he agrees and is taken to the treatment center…
Evaluation: The entire book is narrated by the main character who speaks in a strange slang, he will refer to things with names that have almost no resemblance to their actual name. This might confuse some readers, but the more you read the more it makes sense. Besides that A Clock Orange is an incredible story covering the topics of government, gang violence, and freedom to make choices. At many parts in the story you begin to feel sorry for the main character; after all the stuff he’s going through, the punishments he is given almost seem a little too cruel even for what he did. But that’s all a matter of opinion, some will say that he deserved the punishment and the ending was too good for someone like him, while others will say the punishment was too great and the ending balances it out. I was highly immersed in the story and found it a great read, even though at some points the slang he uses gets a little too confusing to tell what’s going on, and it feels like you black out of the story for a little. All in all, a great book I highly recommend for those who want a thought provoking read.
Summary: Alex and his friends – called droogs – were criminals of rape, thievery, and breaking and entering. Although all were involved, Alex is the one who gets arrested after his droogs ditch him. While in State Prison, or the Staja, he makes new “friends” and finds out about a way to get out sooner than his sentence allows. He volunteers himself for it and is able to do so after proving that he wants to be good, which he actually doesn’t. Going into this process, he didn’t expect it to be as easy as just watching some films, but he didn’t expect it to be so hard and painful either.
Evaluation: This was a very strange, interesting book to read. Because the language was different, it was difficult to understand, but at the same time I really enjoyed reading it. I’ve never read a story quite like this one and never heard of a story quite like this one, which is what drew me to it. The methods and techniques used on Alex were odd but made sense in a way. I also did watch the movie, and it made the story seem even more weird and a bit creepy. I definitely enjoyed reading this book, even if watching the movie helped me understand it better.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Recommendations: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Enclave by Ann Aguirre
A Clockwork Orange is placed in the future in London. Alex, the main character, and his gang of criminals rape and kill a woman. As Alex’s friends got away, he was taken to jail. In the beginning Alex has a hard time adjusting. While in jail Alex undergoes an experiment which makes him sick to even see violence. Alex is finally released, but no one in town wanted anything to do with him. After a few weeks Alex joined in with a group of friends like his old ones. When he ran into an old friend and saw the life he was living, Alex took a step back and had a look at his own life.
I liked this book. At first it was kind of difficult to understand because of the slang they speak in. But overall, this book was great. It was challenging, conflicting, and interesting.
Recommendations: It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Taken, and The Host.
Summary: Alex, a 16 year old and his droogs (gangsters) rape and accidentally kill a woman. His droogs get away, while Alex is arrested and sent to jail. Alex begs to be released early, so they send him to a very strange hospital where the conduct a series of new experiments until he is “corrected”. He is then released back into a hellish society where no one will befriend him. He then has a psychological breakdown and another group of people return Alex to his original perverted self. He finds new little droogs and causes mischief once again until he realizes “what it will be then”.
Evaluation: A Clockwork Orange is the best book I have ever read. This book is quite extraordinary, but because Anthony Burgess has a very strange writing style, makes up a lot of words, and displays a challenging vocabulary I don’t recommend it to those who aren’t good at reading or don’t like to read. I found this book inspiring and very compelling. It is funny, sad, sickening, and overall outstanding.
Rating – 5 STARS
Recommendations(books): 1984 by George Orwell, The Great Gatsby- Fitzgerald, On The Road -Jack Kerouac
Recommendations(movies): A Clockwork Orange, IF, 12 Monkeys