Film review: A Clockwork Orange
- By: Rachel Hughes, Stephen Ford
Burgess's thinking is most evident in his disturbing 1962 novel, drama. tised by the late Stanley Kubrick. Burgess crafted his extraordinary tale of teenage delinquency in the year that he anticipated his death from a brain tumour. (He actually died in 1993.) Inspired by his own experiences - his pregnant wife was attacked by four United States army deserters - and events of the time, such as the Teds and Rockers clashes that he witnessed in Sussex, Burgess created a desolate underworld for the depraved exploits of “your humble narrator” Alex and his three droogs - a gang which converses in nadsat (an Anglo-Russian patois).
A string of assaults, muggings, and rapes culminates in the murder of an elderly woman. Betrayed by his friends, Alex is imprisoned for the murder, where he naively volunteers for Pavlovian “reclamation therapy” to “cure” him of his sadism, allowing early release. The therapy is