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A clockwork orange [sound recording]
Burgess, Anthony
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MikeG said:
Anthony Burgess wants to investigate an interesting question about crime, free will and the power of the state. The main character, however, fights the author’s good intention. Alex rapes and murders because he likes it, so just leave him alone. The effect is to arouse a desire for vigilante justice, which doesn’t need any encouragement. The author’s semantic device--making Alex speak in Russian slang--might have worked in 1962 when the English audience was rabid with Cold War fear. Today, it is easier to separate the Russian people and their language from Vladimir Putin’s regime. Did the US rhetoric during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan lead or follow the change in our powers of discernment?
posted Apr 18, 2014 at 5:08PM
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