A Clockwork Orange (Essential.penguin S.)
8 journalers for this copy...
Kubricks controversial film version sealed it's reputation as one of the most daring works of fiction of the 20th centuary
Going on Int'l Ray
Running order on 30.7.06, shipping preferences and date joined considered
Tregossip (Me) Cornwall - UK posted 25/7/06
fairy-dust - Cheshire - UK - ship UK, see journal,posted 1/8/06
IzzyLizzy - Surrey - UK - Ship EU Recieved 3/8/06 posted 17/8/06
butterfly-noir - Portugal - ship EU Recieved 26/8/06
Mary-T - Germany - ship Int'l Recieved 15/9/06 - sent 4/11/06
Breeze144 - Canada - ship Can/USA sent 20/12/06
cobalt tree - Canada - ship Int'l arrived 8/1/07
purplemoonmyst - USA - ship Inl'l
emlar - Shropshire - UK - ship UK if possible
Hawkette - London - UK - ship Int'l
I am so sorry folks but after many PM's and ISO of the forum for cobalt tree and purplemoonmyst this brilliant book has gone AWOL.
I wish I knew why, but remain clueless
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
The most obvious thing to talk about with this book is the language - "nadsat". At first I found it very distracting. I was constantly tellimg myself what each word meant, but as I got more in to the book it just became part of it. It no longer distracted me and I actually found it easy to understand.
This isn't a book I would probably have picked up in a bookshop, and would probably not have read it if Tregossip hadn't offered it up as a ray (so thank you Tregossip!) but I'm glad I've read it now. I think it's a good book covering a wide range of issues...violence, freedom of choice, forceful Governments...and I think the blurb on the back has it right when it calls it "one of the most daring works of fiction".
I knew near enough nothing about this book before I picked it up to start reading. I was expecting it to be violent and unpleasant from reading the back of the book and knowing that the film was banned. As someone very interested in languages, I was also intrigued to find out more about the supposed future youth language 'nadsat'.
My expectations were met on the first point - the violence described is not pleasant to read about and the young characters' attitudes to it are even more disturbing. But I did find it an interesting read and particularly liked the way that we gradually find out more about the main character, Alex, firstly during the first part, right up to the last sentence. Then of course in the final part as Alex grows up.
The language aspect of the book completely took me by surprise though. I was really disappointed that I didn't get to experience nadsat in the same way as most readers. I can't have been even half way through the first page when I realised that a lot of this 'nadsat' seemed basically just to be Russian. Okay so the words are anglicised and have English verb endings for example, but mostly it's just Russian. Maybe this is a well-known fact that I'd missed out on so far! I suppose the name should have been a give away, nadsat sounding very much like the Russian equivalent to '-teen'.
Having said that, I did still enjoy the whole book, including the nadsat. If nadsat had been some completely unknown language to me I think I would have really struggled with it to be honest. I would have liked to have the chance to find out, but enjoyed the book anyway and will definitely have to see the film at some point to see how that compares.
So thanks for organising the bookray, Tregossip, and this will be on its way to butterfly-noir asap.
what is the book moral? I belive that diferent people can take diferent lessons from it, the book raises many questions. tow I wont get into them because it would take me a lot of writing to get to my point and my je is already becaming to big.
about the nadsat and the writing style itself, gives the book a really pleasent and unique rythm and answering to IzzyLizzy comment on it, it says somewhere on the book that the nadsat language was mostly slav.
thank u tregossip for organizing this ray. I'll send it to the next person as soon as I have the adress
I'm looking forward to read this - but I have more rings to read... anyway I'll try to get this finished soon. Later more...
Well - I tried to read this again and again - but it seems this is not my kind of reading...
Nevertheless - thanks to tregossip to let me make my own experiences with this book - I will see if I can find the movie to see what this is like...
As soon as I get an address I will send it off again.
Sent along to cobalt-tree today! Hope others enjoy it more than I did!
Thanks for sharing!
posted to purplemoonmyst.
update: i sent the book quite a while ago now... and i put my return address on everything, so maybe it'll bounce back to me eventually?