To begin this book club we spent some time today drawing connections between ‘A Clockwork Orange‘ and other works of dystopian fiction such as 1984, Farenheit 451 and Brave New World, the latter being the subject of one of the most interesting iterations of this book club.

After exploring common themes and motifs of the genre including represive states/societies and the protagonist’s struggle to regain his individuality, we moved on to discuss the main topic of  ‘A Clockwork Orange’: the presence of moral choice as a decisive element that distinguishes human beings from machines or animals.

During the next few weeks we will explore a work of literature that refuses to be forgotten and that makes us look at one of the most fundamental aspects of human life, our perception of good and evil. Come and join us every Saturday from 1 to 3 pm!

Meanwhile, how would you answer the question in this picture?

Is a man who chooses the bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?