But the freed spirit was that of a depraved, amoral monster. There are many smaller particulars in which the film and book differ – Alex’s weapon in the book is a razor, and in the film it’s a knife hidden within his cane; in the book he’s conditioned against all classical music, and in the film it’s only Beethoven’s Ninth; he volunteers for the Ludovico conditioning in the book and it’s assigned to him in the film; in the book he’s fifteen and in the film he’s a few years older; there is no mention of “Singin’ in the Rain” in Burgess’ novel. Is there any thematically faithful version of A Clockwork Orange that wouldn’t be harder to watch than the book is to read? I really struggle reading rape scenes so haven't read the book yet. The next novel like A Clockwork Orange has been labelled an allegory, a political treatise, a morality tale even a vision of the apocalypse, but to me, William Golding’s outstanding novel Lord of the Flies is a poignant reminder of the inevitable end … The reason why the book is more violent - and that's good point - is because it is supposed to disgust us. A Clockwork Orange certainly has an originality, but as it took me three weeks to read a relatively short book… One can go on about it being misinterpreted but ultimately that’s just subjectively justifying a piece of art one was affected by (same tactic as with the film‘s critics). Just because a work, no matter the medium, may end on a note of moral ambivalence, does not preclude it from being a work of art. As John O’Connell writes in his entry on A Clockwork Orange in Bowie’s Books (2019), “The biggest difference…has to do with the ending. There's no proper way to flavor emotions in movies outside lighting and music, which many directors have tried to do in film. It wasn’t the last time one of Kubrick’s notoriously devastating films pissed off the author of the source material – Stephen King once said that The Shining is the only one of his book adaptations he can remember hating – but Burgess’ ire is certainly the most memorable, renouncing his own book after having seen the movie it spawned: We all suffer from the popular desire to make the known notorious. Rendered by PID 23382 on r2-app-0d385b4c3ab8950bb at 2020-12-24 20:18:08.624801+00:00 running 6abf2be country code: PL. Yes, Burgess created this story and in that way it belongs to him, but he also sold the rights to Hollywood, and in that way it does not. Kubrick and company’s artistry has given many people an excuse to justify and/or sympathize with its assaultive structure but I have a hard time singing its praises as a piece of social expression. otherwise, I suppose that they are two different versions of the same story, and I far prefer Burgess' use of language (Russian propaganda mixed with babytalk) vs Kubrick's dance presentation. Because the main aim of the story is to warn - look, how our society could look like in few decades, think about it. from Montreal, Canada is reading, Patrick Riley A Clockwork Orange (1971) Parents Guide Add to guide . I don't usually like happy endings. That's not exactly how it goes. I love the movie. AP Names Anya Taylor-Joy Breakthrough Entertainer of 2020, Daft Punk releases new extended version of the Tron: Legacy soundtrack, Warner Bros. will release its 2023 movies in theaters first. The first section opens with Alex, the protagonist, and what he calls his “droogs”: Dim, Pete, and Georgie. This teen gang drinks milk that’s laced with drugs, and then savagely assaults an elderly man, subsequently destroying the library books … Alex shows no indication of wanting to change. This is particularly true in regards to the victims. I can now finally rest easy that I know the ending a bit better know. A Clockwork Orange is a dystopian satirical black comedy novel by English writer Anthony Burgess, published in 1962. So the original ending to the book ends like the movie, and yes, the idea is that he returns (or is going to return) to his old wicked ways. I loved the use of Singling in the Rain, and the stylized look of the movie. What I got out of the film is that we all want to feel protected in some way and for that we have given up certain freedoms. The importance of music is highlighted even in the book and it's one of the best aspects of the film. Had Alex gotten something out of the conditioning and it inspired him to embrace a "straight life" in the end, my view would be like the film was endorsing protection at any cost. More significantly, the ending delineates change in Alex without any meaningful explanation of where it came from or what drove it. (It’s clearly the best.) The idea is that people don’t really change. He wrote The Clockwork orange in 1962. A Clockwork Orange is an outstanding book. Because I might be leaning that way. One implication of the "happy" ending seems to be that Alex simply grew out of his sadistic, sociopathic ways: Droogs will be droogs. Him saying "I was cured, alright" was sarcasm. BUT THERE ARE ALSO SOME SETS. I am not saying these are invalid ideas; they just seem critically off to me from a secular point of view. Summary Read a Plot Overview of the entire book or a chapter by chapter Summary and Analysis. Then the Governor comes in and makes it clear that, for political reasons, they should have each other's backs. Kubrick was right to cut the last chapter. The film, I am not sure about. These are two artistic geniuses with two different visions. Same goes for the costumes which helps us understand that it's happening in future though it's obvious it's not so distant future which is worrying. James M. Cain (Double Indemnity, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce, many novels) was once asked how he felt about how Hollywood had ruined his books. Alex didn't just go along with ultraviolence, he reveled in it, and it'd take something powerful to turn him away from it. Stanley Kubrick's film isn't as faithful to Anthony Burgess' novel as we first thought. I prefer the book without the 21st chapter, and the movie also. Well, if they would not go to school they must still have their education. I'd never heard Burgess's claim that the final, tacked-on chapter was necessary to demonstrate the character growth intrinsic to a good novel, but I call BS on that. from New Zealand is reading, Kevin Maddox It is maddening. How can we forget who Alex really is? ::shudder:: in the novel, Alex and co wear wolf's head jock straps, whereas in the movie, they wear dancer's belts. But Alex in film is more older, he doesn't make us feel as much shocked as disgusted (though I just love Malcolm McDowell and the film had to go with older protagonist). Also, I have a hobby of reading detailed chapter-by-chapter synopses (plus character profiles, explanations of famous quotes and all that jazz) of classics and popular books I can't get into so that I at least get what's being said or what happens. According to Burgess, it was a jeu d'… I love the book. I usually prefer a book over a film but when it comes to A Clockwork Orange I'm just ambivalent. It's also not one of those books with clear, easy-to-understand language. A Clockwork Orange Resucked I first published the novella A Clockwork Orange in 1962, which ought to be far enough in the past for it to be erased from the world's literary memory. I like the film because It was a trippy movie and has influenced many people to read the book, but If I wrote it, I'd hate thu movie too. I like the book a lot, but I totally disagree with him. With me, it was the other way around, and I have to admit that the movie, though good, lost a bit of its power because I didn't feel Alex as a character grew there, which he did do for me in the novel. The author of the book Anthony Burgess has commented on the ending. Oh it all makes sense now. from Union, NH is reading, K. H. Feikus And the final sequence showed that, once again, Alex was free to listen to classical music while enjoying his rapey masturbation fantasies, just as in his joyous days of old. In the end I want to approve of @Joshua Danton Boyd’s idea about the parable with Fight Club – I had same idea. from Melstrand, Mi is reading, Jill Ells-O'Brien What is the worst performance to be nominated at the Oscars? use the following search parameters to narrow your results: Click 'spoiler' after posting something to give it a spoiler tag! [–]nakedsamurai 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago (0 children). …and then I felt the old tigers leap in me and then I leapt on these two young ptitsas. Always I will suggest people read the book if they like the movie, as they will flesh in details one can't get any other way. They give him a comfortable life and room to do his evil activities, and he doesn't tell the world about the Treatment. The film version of A Clockwork orange was released in 1971. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. Kubrick’s film is based on the more dismal American version of the novel, and in a forward written by Burgess in a 1986 edition, he makes his displeasure known: It is with a kind of shame that this growing youth looks back on his devastating past. I enjoyed your conclusions, but do not believe that Clockwork Orange is any less qualified to be a novel if it does not have the 21st chapter. It is set in a near-future society that has a youth subculture of extreme violence. Illustration of Mothra from Mythical Monsters:The Scariest Creatures From Legends, Books And Movies. My heart hurts just thinking about it. He volunteers for the Ludovico technique so he can get out of prison. I also don't usually like 'definite' endings, but rather, I prefer open-ended conclusions where you don't have to be told by the author what happens to the character(s). >!Twas the butler!<. Kubrick managed, through a masterful merging of imagery, narration and, perhaps most of all, Beethoven's transcendent music, to induce a mix of elation and revulsion like none I've ever experienced. The title A Clockwork Orange is given no explanation in the film, but in the book Alex finds a manuscript in the home of the couple he assaults: Then I looked at its top sheet, and there was the name – A CLOCKWORK ORANGE – and I said: ‘That’s a fair gloopy title. The ending, or the twenty-first chapter of the book, provides closure to the book for some readers. While the book has more space for a philosophy and psychological progress of characters, the film takes a hell of advantage of the audiovisuality which is quite important for the story. The rest of the novel -- the potent creations of Alex, the nadsat dialect, his dreary world, and his responses to it (including his love of music) -- is great in spite of that ending, not because of it. Burgess seemed to be going for a Crime and Punishment-type redemption, but I don't think he earned it. And the other reason I prefer the movie ending to the book ending is the message it communicates. A Clockwork Orange isn't one of those books with a sympathetic narrator. Click 'spoiler' after posting something to give it a spoiler tag. The charisma of Malcolm McDowell and the playfulness of Kubrick’s style make it easy to find validation in it for sadistic and antisocial ideas and feelings (something that I know from personal experience). from Houston, Texas is reading, Tom1960 One concludes with Alex growing up and … - Endings, How to Shop for a Writer: the Holiday Edition, 27 Indie Bookstores to Support Online in 2021, LitReactor Staff Picks: The Best Books of 2020 - Part I, Manuel Marerro On Expat Press and Pushing the Indie Envelope, 10 Books on Writing and Creativity Every Author Should Ask for this Holiday Season, Nothing New Under the Mistletoe - 40 Versions of "A Christmas Carol" You Should Check Out, Storyville: Body, Mind, and Soul—Adding Depth to Your Stories, LitReactor Staff Picks: The Best Books of 2020 - Part III. If you want another book/film with similar theme I would recommend The Lord of Flies by William Golding since it’s about natural presence of evil in everyone. A Clockwork Orange is a novel by Anthony Burgess that was first published in 1962. The film plays the dance bit very well (the gang fight, etc...) right up until the rehab when the music stops. I love the artistry of his adaptation but the content ultimately distracts my appreciation of the style. He wants a different kind of future. A Clockwork Orange is a book about a lot of things, but by its own statements at the end, it's primarily a book about youth. I love the movie. I didn’t feel like going out in streets and start to punch people when I finished reading the book or watching the film. It is set in a dismal dystopian England and presents a first-person account of a juvenile delinquent who undergoes state-sponsored … He did indeed volunteer for the treatment, both in the movie and in the book. 2) The novel Main Theme. Thanks for the article (because of just how faithfully the film is I think a comparison is very apt). A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess is a novel told in three sections. I love the book. In the film, Alex has seemingly consensual sex with two teenage girls not much younger than he. the main character is not very heroic, and is actually very dispicable. I think Kubrick just ended it where the American edition of the book ended. Though I haven't yet read the book, in theory, I like the way the movie ends (or the book without the final chapter). However, I'm already familiar with much of what's discussed here. from Athens, Georgia is reading, Mara Dylan That said, I don’t mind having both versions (with and without the last chapter) to let people decide for themselves which they prefer. Showing all 21 items Jump to: Certification; Sex & Nudity (7) Violence & Gore (9) Profanity (1) Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking (2) Frightening & Intense … I read the "British" edition of the book (available in the states for decades), the one with the "happy" ending. They have two different endings. I'd done the lot, now. No God = no one is ever truly right or wrong about anything, thus satire is one slave criticizing another for being a different kind of slave, which is logically absurd. I think this is one of the main reasons people tend to enjoy books over movies. Speak up in the comments! Unless you can read German. Because when Alex is in his hospital bed, a psychiatrist comes in and talks to him. I like Alex feeling tormented at the end, it leaves the question open. For leaked info about upcoming movies, twist endings, or anything else spoileresque, please use the following method: The violence is told in such an overtly choreographed and comical way that its producers can seem insensitive and voyeuristically ghoulish; the creators of a fashionable glorification of cruel behavior. So the original ending to the book ends like the movie, and yes, the idea is that he returns (or is going to return) to his old wicked … Ps: “he volunteers for the Ludovico conditioning in the book and it’s assigned to him in the film”. In the novel, I felt that Alex was a smart lad, who just used his brains for the wrong kicks. I have the book for A Clockwork Orange, but have yet to read it. Alex tells her that while he was drifting in and out of clarity, he thought that the doctors were fiddling around inside his head. I wish I could better explain why the irrational preaching of the novel somewhat works for me while the irrational preaching of the film leaves me conflicted. Depending on who sees it, A Clockwork Orange can make rape and murder appear funny or just plain fun. Great comment, thank you so much, and I've never heard that quote from James M. Cain, but I love it! Alex, violent criminal that he is, passes through four stages - or, since he's a music lover, we might consider the book … And it doesn’t fit with the rest of the book at all. What was really wanted was a Nixonian book with no shred of optimism in it. Similarly, in the book, he attacks an innocent old man returning from the library. Perhaps that is the point. Reading through the synopsis of the book made me feel like the last chapter was just his last-ditch attempt to make it a novel instead of a fable. In the book there was an extra chapter not included in the film because the amercian publication of the book … And for whatever it is worth, this is my red cent on the matter. Stopped reading the moment the author suggested that CWO is a better adaptation than Shawshank's Redemption without thinking that such a claim is at least disputable. Really? There is no hint of this change of intention in the twentieth chapter. In that chapter he is older and be has naturally grown out of his wicked ways. Will have to chew on it. I see the book as more a statement of society and the baby boomer generation than about one individual although it is told through his eyes. Yes, people are shown to change in novels, but it has to be a progressive change that we can track like like trails on a map. "There's nothing wrong with my books", he said, "they're all right here.". Usually they will realize they went wrong and try to make up for it themselves, which means so much more than just behaving well because you'll puke everywhere if you don't. The original American publication of A Clockwork Orange also excluded this chapter, in which Alex is growing out of his taste for violence and looking forward to a future with a wife and son, whom he does not want to turn out like Alex himself. Narrates his violent exploits and his experiences with state authorities intent on reforming him procedure score. 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