A Clockwork Orange
by Anthony Burgess
This book takes a close look at the meaning of freedom and the importance of having it. Delving into the questions of good and evil always leads us to asking questions about free will and what makes us human. The main character, Alex, is an asshole. There is nothing to like about this heartless and calloused young man.Yet, the author has given us pretty good reasons to want to follow his story. It begins with showing us how Alex has fallen into a world of violence and pleasure that grows from that violence. But then we see how the government is trying to manage the violence that is growing within the community. The first question is: How much control and power do we what to give to the government. With that is the promise of safety, but it comes at the price of having the freedom of choice. How important is choosing? The ability to control other people is complete power. Alex is a demonstration of the government’s ability to completely control. But it would not stop at criminals. Alex then becomes a pawn between two political powers. The government that wants the support of public opinion to control people and those that are afraid of the government having this power. The writing style gives Alex a richer flavor and brings him more completely to life. But I found that it was difficult to read at times. When I started the book it was very difficult to get into, but then as I got a feel for the rhythm of the writing style it became much easier. I am glad that I was able to sit and read this book in a concentrated amount of time, because the writing style would make it a challenge to pick up again if I had to set it down for any length of time. However, I feel that the book is completely worth reading.