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In R J Dent’s Library – A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

October 20, 2013

 

A look in R J Dent’s library at A Clockwork Orange, a dystopian novella written in 1962 by Anthony Burgess and published in 1962.

 

 

In R J Dent’s Library – A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

 

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In R J Dent’s Library – Anthony Burgess

October 3, 2013

 

A look in R J Dent’s library at the stories, essays, and novels of the author of A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess.

 

 

In R J Dent’s Library – Anthony Burgess

 

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Reading A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

February 23, 2009

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

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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.

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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

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