The Un-review: A Clockwork Orange

I have broken a record with this one.

This is the first time EVER in the history of MY LIFE that I read four pages of a book that:

– Was hailed as number 53 on the readers list and 63 on the boards list as one of the top 100 books of the century.

– I put on hold  at the library.

– Drove to said library and picked up.

– Read reviews about it and said, oh great, this is a Dystopia book just like “1984” and “Brave New World” and I LOVE Dystopia books!

After reading 4 said pages I abandoned the book.

The only way I can describe the book is that it’s like a Dr. Suess book but for adults, you know how Dr. Suess writes; he makes up a lot of words and names for fictional things in his books, but to Dr’s Suess’s credit the names are cute and they rhyme.

Not for “A Clockwork Orange“. The book used the fictional Nadsat slang that is based on the Russian language. So I did not understand ANYTHING while I was reading.

I don’t get how this book landed on the top 100 list! I understand the geniousness (is that a word?) of inventing a slang but COME ON!

Anyway, if you have read the book , tell me , did you like it? Because honestly I wanted to punch it in the face.

There is a movie version of the book so I am going to watch that because I would like to pretend that I am “a learned person”.

I just HOPE it’s in plain English because honestly, life is too short for this kind of stuff.

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11 Responses

  1. Totally agree with 7aki. I abandoned all thought of reading the book when l saw the movie…and l only saw the movie to impress a girl.

  2. There were a lot of people in high school who liked it. I was in the student union when someone had the movie on TV and I came in on the part where they’re wearing weird costumes and raping girls (or was it an orgy? Can’t remember back that far). Anyways, I never wanted to see anymore.

    Is it supposed to be a “Catcher in the Rye” sort of thing? All teenage angst and down with the establishment? (I was the only person in my English class that hated that book. I also hated Hamlet, but loved MacBeth, and hated the Oddessy and loved the Iliad. I like characters who DO things, not wander around aimlessly and whine about how they’d do something if life wasn’t so hard and everyone so set against them. Boo-hoo.)

  3. Bob: So the movie sucks too!!!
    The only reason I want to watch the movie is to impress William because he seemed to like it, LOL.

    Keri: See I didn’t mind “Catcher in the Rye” I actually really enjoyed it, my issue with “clockwork Orange” is the pretentiousness of it. I betcha most people (just like bob up there :p ) liked it because they could watch the movie and pretend they’ve read the book.

    I guess I’ll watch the movie and go from there.

  4. Ah, I get it. You find the author writing in made-up slang, as if his reader can understand it, is pretentious. I feel the same way about people who write books on medieval history and don’t bother to translate their Latin and medieval French quotes, as if everyone that reads it understands both (coughFashionInTheAgeOfTheBlackPrincecough). It’s a way of saying, “Hey, look at me, I understand this enough to quote it” and “If you’re a REAL scholar, you can read this and understand it without me having to translate it for you.”

    I did make up a language for my novel, but I don’t use it very much (because I didn’t want to have to invent a lot of words for it!) and I do provide a translation, in story, for it. Pretension relieved.

    Maybe “Clockwork Orange” is really popular for the same reason why people pretended that the emperor had on clothes: no one wants to admit they have no idea in hell what it’s about, but they’re afraid they won’t look smart if they say so.

  5. Keri: “Maybe “Clockwork Orange” is really popular for the same reason why people pretended that the emperor had on clothes”
    That is a great way to put it!

    You’re writing a novel? You are my hero! Is it your first ? I would love to read it once it’s done. Good luck with that🙂 . I really like vampire fiction.

    By the way, love your blog, I am going to put you it my google reader.

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  7. Thanks! Lots of readers make me happy (and hopefully make me look interesting to agents)!

    I actually have my novel written. I have lent it out to a few friends (my husband’s already finished reading it) and I’m awaiting their comments to make the final finishing touches on it. Then I’ll start agent-shopping.

    It’s a very different sort of vampire novel (I think). Rather than go with vampires as monsters and sexual perverts (yawn, everyone’s doing that), I’ve made mine moral. Most of them are religious (a few even practice), and they have a code of laws and ethics that they follow. They are, in short, a civilization/culture living within human culture (in much the way that Mexican or Italian or Chinese immigrants often have their transplanted culture functioning inside and alongside American culture).

    They also have a symbiotic relationship with a group of humans, who willingly feed them and keep their secret in exchange for protection. The book pretty much starts out following one of those humans–Kalyn–as she has her coming-of-age ceremony and joins the adult world. It ends up being a pretty rough entrance, though, and she and the vampires she’s with–including her love interest (you knew there had to be one of those, didn’t you?)–fight for their survival.

    Yadda, yadda, yadda. I have some teaser material, including a couple of scenes (one of which is from the first book, one of which is not) on my blog.

    Maybe one day you will review it here and you’ll at least make it to page five, making my book better than “A Clockwork Orange!” Mwahahaha.

  8. Keri: HAHAHAHA. Don’t worry clockwork orange was a first for me and i hope a last😀 .

    I am really looking forward to reading your novel!

  9. hummm … i really liked the movie and the way cupric directed it and never really read the book.
    The thing that fascinated me the most is the way the story commented on the ability of man to forgo anything for the sake of pleasure… I thought it was both visually and mentally stimulating.

  10. I did finish the book, and I must say it gets better later on. But I definitely did not enjoy the book as such.

  11. Bam: Then I will watch the movie for sure, all my freinds are urging me to watch it.

    Nishita: Did you struggle while reading it? I just couldn’t do it. Amazing that you finished it.

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