Burgess, Anthony: A Clockwork Orange

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A Clockwork Orange By Antony Burgess Author: Antony Burgess was born in Manchester in 1917 and studied English at the university there. He was drafted into the army upon graduation in 1940 and spent six years in the education corps. After demobilisation, he worked as a grammar-school master. From 1954 to 1960 he was an education officer in the colonial Service. He was stationed in Malaya and Borneo where started writing the Malayan Trilogy . In 1959 Burgess was diagnosed as having an inoperable brain tumour. So he became a full-time writer and wrote at least one book a year until his death in 1993. Before starting to write Burgess had composed many full-scale works for orchestra and other media. Among his many works are A Clockwork Orange , Tremor of Intent , Honey for the Bears and Urgent Copy . Plot The story is set in a not-too-distant future, which where the seventies for the author. The fifteen year-old boy Alex and his three friends Georgie, Pete and Dim murder, rob, torture and rape for fun. Alex is the leader of their gang. The four boys have always been not to come in touch with the police and to be arrested. When Georgie wants to become the leader of the gang one day, Alex turns this away by knocking down Georgie and Dim. When the boys assault the house of an old lady Alex is betrayed by his friends. When they hear the siren of the police they fell him and flee. The old lady dies of her injuries and so Alex is arrested. At the police station Alex confesses all his ...

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