Anthony Burgess – A Clockwork Orange (Audiobook)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

A vicious fifteen-year-old “droog” is the central character of this 1963 classic, whose stark terror was captured in Stanley Kubrick’s magnificent film of the same title.

In Anthony Burgess’s nightmare vision of the future, where criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends’ social pathology. A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. When the state undertakes to reform Alex—to “redeem” him—the novel asks, “At what cost?”

 

Izdevniecība/Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no www. Izvēlējos no Top 100 Sci-Fi Books grāmatu listes.

Vērtējums/Rating: 1.5/5

Mana recenzija (pārdomas)/My (thoughts) review

Aleksis ir tikai 15 gadus vecs, bet kopā ar trim draugiem jeb ‘’droogs’’ jau līdz kaulam izbaudījis ko sniedz kriminālā pasaule. Lielāku prieku var sagādāt vien iespēja kādam iesist no visas sirds. Šķiet īpaša nepatika viņam ir pret literatūru un/vai rakstniekiem.

Bet tas mainās, kad kāda laupīšana cieš neveiksmi, un no visiem četriem notverts tiek tieši Aleksis. Strīdīgi un drīzāk negatīvi ir vērtējama izvēlētā metode kā valdošā vara iecerējusi tikt galā ar noziedzību. Būtībā tā ir smadzeņu skalošana, rādot nežēlīgus video, tik ilgi līdz brīdim, kad pat iedomājoties par vardarbīgu darbību vai vien izdzirdot video pavadošo mūziku, Aleksi pārņem fizisks nelabums.

Var nojaust, ka vienkāršs ieslodzījums neizmainītu viņa rīcību un uzvedību uz labo pusi. Protams, Aleksis ir visai galējs tēls. Bet, vai pilnīga izvēles iespējas atņemšana ir atbilstošākais veids, kā risināt problēmu, arī ir jautājums.

Kā arī šāda metode pieļauj varbūtību, ka tā tiktu izmantota ļaunprātīgos nolūkos, un ar to domājot pie varas esošos, kuriem varētu būt kārdinājums pārmācīt ne vien noziedzniekus, bet arī politiskos pretiniekus. Tādējādi nodrošinoties, ka neviens nespētu apdraudēt viņu pozīciju.

Ar laiku nokaitināja bieži izmantotie krievu valodas angliciskie slenga vārdi, no kuriem daļu autors izdomājis pats, kā arī konkrētās grāmatas balss man nepatika un varētu būt vainojama pie zemā vērtējuma.

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Alex is only 15 years old but together with three friends or as he call them ‘’droogs’’ he already knows in and out what the criminal world and activities can offer. And their cannot be a bigger happiness to punch someone from your heart. It seems that Alex has a special anger against literature and/or writers.

But soon everything changes when one of the robberies suffers a failure and from all four it’s Alex who is captured. The method that the government chooses to apply is questionable and in my opinion there are more downsides. Basically it’s a brainwashing forcing the felon to watch cruel and very unpleasant videos until even the thoughts about violence or just hearing the music which was played during the videos make you physically sick.

You can tell that just an imprisonment probably wouldn’t have changed Alex and his behavior for the better, and of course in this book his character is an extreme for such person. But is it the right way to fight this problem by taking away a choice and actually a free will.

Also this method easily could be used ill-intentioned by the people in power who could be tempted to abuse their power to not only to teach a lesson to some criminals but also political opponents. And in that way making sure that no one could endanger their positions and control.

As the book continued I was annoyed by Russian Anglicism slang~, from which some words the author invented himself. Plus I didn’t like the voice narrator for the edition I had and maybe that could also be blamed for the low rating.

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