"That's a fair gloopy title. Who ever heard of a clockwork orange?"
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
By Anthony Burgess
First printing in the first-issue dust jacket, with the original last chapter as Burgess intended.<br />
Fine in near fine jacket.
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
"It may not be nice to be good, little 6655321. It may be horrible to be good."
Burgess's inimitably stylish account of brutal youth, told in a florid invented slang made, if possible, more memorable by Stanley Kubrick's equally stylish film adaptation. Little Alex's addiction to ultraviolence cannot be cured and must be endured; the novel's famous aversion therapy sequence implants no morals and effects no true reform. Most disquietingly, the last chapter — excised from the American edition — suggests that a boyish love of assault and battery is doomed to fade away even as late adolescence wilts into manhood; that Nature will clean up its own mess, succeeding where all the crude instruments of Society failed. A gorgeous copy.
London: Heinemann, (1962). 7.75'' x 5''. Original black cloth boards. Original unclipped (16s) fuschia dust jacket designed by Barry Trengove. , 196 pages. Housed in custom quarter black black clamshell box. Single small closed tear to jacket; spine just barely sunned.
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