Reading A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

I first read Anthony Burgess’s novel, A Clockwork Orange at the age of thirteen.


Thirteen is probably a really good age at which to read A Clockwork Orange for the first time. I’ve read it at least ten times since, probably more.

A Clockwork Orange is Anthony Burgess’s best novel – by best I mean the most entertaining, the most important (in terms of ideas, themes and messages), and the best written of all of his novels. I had a huge impact on me as a reader – and (shortly after reading it) as a writer. I aspire to writing anything as good, as incisive, as emotional, and as insightful as A Clockwork Orange.

Once I’d read A Clockwork Orange, I wanted to read other Anthony Burgess novels. Luckily, he has a tetralogy of novels about a character named Enderby – they are: Inside Mr. Enderby; Enderby Outside; The Clockwork Testament; and Enderby’s Dark Lady.


I bought all four novels in one volume – The Complete Enderby – and read them in a few days. They are wonderful stories – insightful, funny, scathing and profound.

Anthony Burgess is a clever, erudite, learned, skilled novelist. A Clockwork Orange is a joy to read, as is The Complete Enderby.

Anthony Burgess (1917-1993)

Try either of them. They’re both worth reading. A Clockwork Orange is, I believe, starting to get the recognition it deserves as a classic of English Literature. The Enderby novels are great fun – you won’t regret reading them.

Reading A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

© R J Dent (2009)



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2 Responses to “Reading A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess”

  1. Will Happendon Says:

    Enjoyed reading Reading A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. Nice one, R J Dent

  2. Michael Says:

    Wow, I’m 13 and just read it a few months ago. However, I did see the movie first. It’s hard to say which one is better, they’re both good in their own ways.

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