Anthony Burgess, “A Clockwork Orange”, 1962 was a dystopian, satirical novel of juvenile delinquents. Anthony Burgess starts the book with this line.
“There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie and Dim and we sat in the Korova Milk Bar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening”.
The protagonist is 15 years-old Alex, and he leads a gang of ultra-violent youth. Pete, Georgie and Dim are his partners in crime. They get high at the Korova Milk Bar on a milky, drug-laced beverage. Alex and his gangsters commit robbery, assault and rape. But for murder Alex is sentenced to 14 years in prison. While in prison, Alex is offered a chance to commute the sentence by being reformed by “Behavior Modification”. Alex agreed to treatment by the authorities of the State Hospital. Alex is however, not normal after the treatment. The State and its Behavior Modification is now a worst problem than juvenile delinquents. Anthony Burgess’s, “A Clockwork Orange”, 1962 was made into a film of the same title in 1971 by Stanley Kubrick. Soft, science-fiction dystopian novel that is iconic of the 1960’s era popular culture.