Entonijs Bērdžess pats sevi galvenokārt uzskatīja par komponistu, tomēr parasti, ja kādam viņa vārds ir zināms, tas saistās ar romānu "Mehāniskais apelsīns" (un, protams, ikonisko tāda pat nosaukuma Stenlija Kubrika filmu). Taču patiesībā viņš bija ļoti produktīvs autors ar milzīgu skaitu izdoto grāmatu, turklāt viņa literāta karjera sākās pēc tam, kad viņam kļūdaini tika diagnosticēts smadzeņu audzējs un atvēlēts viens gads, ko dzīvot.
Last year I watched a film that was done after this book (and done brilliantly by Stanley Kubrick). And now when I had a chance to buy the novel, I didn`t really hesitate. Reading it in Russian was a bit weird though, for the storyteller has a wicked language that has borrowed quite a lot of words from the Russian language which would certainly look more like it if the rest of the text was plain English. Still the story is quite simple - Alex at the age of 15 is one spoiled brat who gets his kicks for living by attacking people in the streets and in their houses together with his gang. But suddenly his comrades turn the back on him and he`s left to the police and charged for murder (which he has commited). Alex goes to prison but after two years he joins a program for "curing" criminals which means that he gets pain every time he sees something bad happening or when he does something wicked himself. In the end he returns back to his old style of being a spoiled brat. Still in the book he grows out of it as well and becomes a normal member of the society. What I like about Alex is that he despite being a violent asshole loves classical music, is pretty intelligent - thus shitting on the whole concept of blaming the modern subculture for youth being out of control.
Iegādājos šo grāmatu es noteikti pirms vairāk kā pusgada, bet kaut kā sanāca, ka tā ilgi nenonāca līdz lasīšanai. Kā tā - pats nezinu, bet vienlaikus jāatzīst - nekā tik aizraujoša jau tur arī nebija, lai man būtu bijis nepieciešams to izlasīt ātrāk.