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I read this ages ago and really liked it. I really want to see the movie one day.

Liz F

I have come to the conclusion that you are a far more adventurous reader than I am, Danielle!
Having seen a part of the film years ago - didn't make it to the end because I hated it - I don't think that the book is for me either.
I have read other pieces of Burgess's work but I'm afraid that this is just a step too far out of my comfort zone!


"not sure had we not been reading together that I would have persisted and made it to the end"

Ha! I said the same thing! :) You liked the book much more than I did. I think I would have believed that Alex really did change if we had a chance to see that happening. As it was, he went from being no good one day to wanting a family the next which is completely unconvincing. But I am glad I read the book because now I can say I know what it's about :)


I don't know if I could read this one. I mean, I'm tempted but all that violence sure does make me hesitate. That's great though that you kept at and still managed to find things you liked and could appreciate!


I saw the movie ages ago and want to watch it again now that I have read the book--maybe this weekend-though I suspect you need to be in the right mood! ;)


I wanted to read something Dystopian which is why I picked it up in the first place--I am not always so adventurous, that's for sure! The first section of the book is almost too violent and I wasn't sure I would make it, but I am glad I finished. I am not sure it will be one I ever pick up again to reread, but I will hold on to it for a while, I think. I wonder what his other works are like--or if I will ever be moved enough to want to read something else by him!


This is why I like reading along with others--I will stick with a book I might otherwise either never pick up in the first place or set down quickly! I didn't love the book, but there were things I did like about it--but I am not sure I will ever read it again (probably not...). I had a hard time being convinced that he changed, too. It almost felt less like he had grown up and more that he just got bored and was a little narcissistic about having a son--or maybe I missed something in that last chapter. When he was 'cured' he was mostly still just nasty and annoyed that the pleasure he got in his music was now ruined. I don't know--it was an interesting book and one I am still thinking about--but will certainly never feel all warm and fuzzy about! :)


It's a good book to read with someone else and there is lots to discuss about it after the fact, but with so many other books out there beckoning--I can see where you would hesitate! :)

Liz F

The only Burgess I have ever read is The Long Day Wanes which was his first published work and is set in Malaya. It is so long since I read it that I can't remember much at all but I think I quite liked it.
He wrote a huge number of very different books so Clockwork Orange isn't typical of his work apparently - just probably the most famous.


I should really look his other books up. I think he would prefer to be known by his other works (at least that is how it sounded in the intro), but like so many authors has ended up being famous for a far less favored book!


The thought of Alec making Ripley look like a Boy Scout really made me laugh - what a great line! But I am glad you and Stefanie read this book and reviewed it so brilliantly, as now I feel I know what it's about and don't have to read it myself. Mind you, as ever, you manage to make me curious about the language, which usually I am not very patient about (Willa Cather being my favourite stylist ever!).

Thomas at My Porch

You're a better reader than I am. I read this a few years ago and found it tedious in the extreme. I had already seen the film years previously and that can help propel me through works that I find challenging. But not so with ACO. For me it was one of those short books that feels longer than War and Peace.


Alec was something else. Talk about a completely immoral character. There was at least something slightly sympathetic about Mr Ripley in a very strange way, but nothing at all about Alec. I am not sure I would have persevered had I not read along with Stefanie--amazing what that additional motivation of having someone to chat about a book with to keep does for one of those harder reads. The language was interesting--but in a totally different way than Willa Cather--and I heartily agree with you that she is marvelous!


I'm not sure about that! I am not sure I would have stuck it out had I not been reading along with someone. Strangely when I kept at it there was something sort of rhythmic about the writing--I sort of liked the made up language--it helped distance me from the violence. But I can totally see where it might be waring on a reader--I thought about setting it aside at first, too. Some books can become an awful slog when they really don't groove with your reading mood!!


I've seen the movie years ago and swore I'll never read the book. I'm curious about the language though but still - no. I've had my share of bad people - American Psycho to name the worst.


I am glad I read the book but not one that I will likely ever read again. I liked the way Burgess used that made up slang and even not even knowing what the words mean I could understand what going on. Not sure I will ever read American Psycho--I wonder if that isn't even more graphic in a very unpleasant way?

vicki (bibliolathas / skiourophile)

You seem to be embracing some reads dealing with tricky subjects of late - the Middle East, Northern Ireland, and now this one. This is one of those books that I feel I should read *one day* as its cultural impact has been so strong. I suspect it won't be a pleasure, though. I wish I were a braver reader!


I am making the rounds it would seem! I swear I am not actively searching out books like these, but they are certainly finding ME! :) Vita Sackville West, however, is pure comfort read and I have been contemplating picking up a nice vintage crime novel--maybe Mr. Campion or a Ngaio Marsh. Or maybe an Elly many good choices! I am glad I read the Burgess, though it was well worth the time and effort, but I am not sure I will ever have the temptation to read it a second time.

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