In a cult classic that rivals ‘Pulp Fiction’ for its portrayal of violence in the postmodern society, Anthony Burgess’s novel is part horror farce, part social prophecy and part penetrating study of human choice between good and evil.
Penguin Decades bring you the novels that helped shape modern Britain. When they were published, some were bestsellers, some were considered scandalous, and others were simply misunderstood. All represent their time and helped define their generation, while today each is considered a landmark work of storytelling.
Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange was published in 1962 and has been controversial ever since. It tells the story of fifteen-year-old Alex – whose chief preoccupations are Beethoven’s Ninth and ultra-violence – as he and his droogs rampage though a dystopian future seeking thrills, until they come under the control of the state’s sinister apparatus.