Although it’s true what they say about all great things coming to an end, we are sure that ‘A Clockwork Orange’ will stay with us for a very long time.
To say goodbye to this Book Club we spent some time playing our own version of the old game Pictionary, using words from the novel. Our book clubbers jumped at the task with their best Nadsat and showed how proficient they have become at using the made-up language of Alex and his droogs. (If you want to become as good as them here’s a full Nadsat glosary).
We also re-imagined our favourite scenes from the point of view of other characters involved and shared our points of view on the final chapter of the book.
When the book was to be published in the United States, Burgess’ editor in New York decided that the chapter #21 was too bland and left it out of the US version. Since Kubrik’s film was based on the edited version of the book, most people are unfamiliar with the original ending, which has led to some degree of controversy on whether the story is better with or without it.