A Clockwork Orange
by Anthony Burgess
"I do not know of any other writer who has done as much with language as Mr. Burgess has done [in A Clockwork Orange]."
William S. Burroughs
Told by the central character, Alex, this brilliant, hilarious, and disturbing novel creates an alarming futuristic vision of violence, high technology, and authoritarianism. Anthony Burgess' 1963 classic stands alongside Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World as a classic of twentieth century post-industrial alienation, often shocking us into a thoughtful exploration of the meaning of free will and the conflict between good and evil.*
Burgess, a renowned liguist, infused A Clockwork Orange with an original twist: he invented Nadsat, a Russo-American hybrid language that the characters who inhabit the novel speak. Used as a cover for the grphic nature of Alex's crimes, it also serves to weed out readers who may not look deep enough to notice the underlying themes. Ingenius.
*(Amazon.com book description.)