So I saw A Clockwork Orange in a bookstore and picked it up on a whim, been reading it and holy shit, is it good. It may be one of the best books I've read in the last five years just for its prose and language. Every line positively bristles with raucous vitality and rhytm, reading it it's like dancing to percussive no wave ballads of batons hitting concrete.
I've rarely seen prose this good and lively and fluid before, the only likely candidates I can think about are Burroughs, HST, maybe some of Welsh's stuff and a few bits of DFW. Do you guys have any rec on something similar?
The authors you spoke of don't fit the Patrician™ meme, so they think you're baiting, or a plebian.
I sound douchy here. I liked the style but felt the book didn't offer much otherwise. The author himself said he just wrote the thing to get some cash quick, which might explain it to some extent -- not that this takes away from what it is. He himself said some of his other works are far superior. Would anybody rec something specific for me?
Is it that popular? OP here, I'm Italian and I picked it up in the only English language bookstores in my city - so I'd like to know how many people have read it in the US/UK, since here nobody ever talks about it.
I wouldn't know hot to quantify the amount of readers. But yes, it's a pretty popular book, it has even been taught in some schools. And then that Kubrick hack made a movie which would only increase its popularity even more.
I've actually seen this book discussed here quite a bit. /lit/ doesn't actually discuss anything that's not popular, to a small extent at least (philosophy excluded).
the prose to me was kind of pretentious. well, at least alex's voice but I guess it's supposed to be that way for the vernacular. like Nabokov but self aware I suppose.
I liked clockwork orange a lot. the book is every bit as stylized as the movie which can be a good or bad thing depending who you are.
I'm glad you liked it, op.
Hey I'm not trying to be a memer or a dick but you should check out Thomas Pynchon. You have real similar tastes to me when I was first getting into literature and I'd say Pynchon is my current favorite author after Burroughs and completely revitalized my interest in literature.