In this nightmare vision of youth in revolt, fifteen-year-old Alex and his friends set out on a diabolical orgy of robbery, rape, torture and murder. Alex is jailed for his teenage delinquency and the State tries to reform him - but at what cost?
Social prophecy? Black comedy? Study of freewill? A Clockwork Orange is all of these. It is also a dazzling experiment in language, as Burgess creates a new language - 'nadsat', the teenage slang of a not-too-distant future.
Dazzling and transgressive, A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil and the meaning of human freedom.
“Not only about man's violent nature and his capacity to choose between good and evil. It is about the excitements and intoxicating effects of language” - Daily Telegraph