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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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Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999)

June 26, 2009

I’ve always been a great admirer of the films of Stanley Kubrick.


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Stanley Kubrick

I missed out on Fear and Desire (1953) and Killer’s Kiss (1955), but from 1956 onwards, I’ve seen everything he ever made. I’ve watched and enjoyed:


The Killing (1956)


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Paths of Glory (1957)


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Spartacus (1960)


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Lolita (1962)


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Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)


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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)


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A Clockwork Orange (1971)


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Barry Lyndon (1975)


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The Shining (1980)


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Full Metal Jacket (1987)


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Apart from Eyes Wide Shut (1999), which is a disaster and a mess, the rest of Kubrick’s films are classics.


Paths of Glory is a great anti-war film starring Kirk Douglas. Here’s the trailer:



Spartacus is also a great anti-war film starring Kirk Douglas, but set in a different time and place to its predecessor. Here’s the trailer:



Lolita had the League of Decency hound Kubrick out of the US. Here’s the trailer:



Dr Strangelove is a great anti-war film starring Peter Sellers. Here’s the trailer:


2001: A Space Odyssey is an LSD inspired space trip. Here’s the trailer:



A Clockwork Orange is a black comedy/serious study of a juvenile delinquent. Here’s the trailer:



Barry Lyndon is a beautifully-filmed version of Thackeray’s novel. Here’s the trailer:



The Shining has entered film folklore – so no need for me to comment. Here’s the trailer:



Full Metal Jacket is a great anti-war film starring Matthew Modine. Here’s the trailer:



The attention to detail is fantastic, the cinematography is nearly perfect, certain scenes are classic film moments; moments that define what film is – and what it can do.


Try watching any or all of the nine Stanley Kubrick films listed above. You won’t regret it.


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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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