Why is this considered to be good literature?
I can't comprehend why this is praised when it reads like bland edgy genre fiction of the likes of Fight Club.
1. It's easy to interpret, it wears its themes pretty well on the sleeve, so people feel smart reading it.
2. It was pretty risque for the time, and was banned often, so there's some historical importance to it.
3. The movie.
4. The invention of nadsat is actually pretty inspired.
The author didn't consider it to be good literature, at least not his favorite of his own works. But its main merit I think is in looking at the darkness in human nature (which might sound cliched, but that's because of how universal the idea is).
In the way it's used in the book, it calls attention to the amount of distance Alex and his droogs have to their violent acts. If you didn't already know what the words meant, you might only find out late in the book what some words meant and you'll be surprised to find out the protagonist, a lot of pages ago, just raped and assaulted a woman. It's one of those things that gets lost in the movie adaptation, where they just kind of sound weird and silly.
Remider that this book was written at a time when young gangs were becoming a major area of concern in England. Burgess probably picked up on the slang this kids loved, realized its potential consequences, and mutated it into nadsat.
how did you not immediately understand what tolchocking young divotchkas meant? or that he bought a 13yo girl a bowl of spaghetti then drugged, raped her and dumped her in the stairwell?
it all seems pretty obvious to me.
it was very good literature in its time. remember there was nothing like trainspotting or fightclub in its time. the raw unadulterated violence was fresh.
do you really not remember feeling a little twitch in your dick reading about tyler trying to give rich people brain worms? I fapped so hard with that perfume bottle story.
>how did you not immediately understand what tolchocking young divotchkas meant? or that he bought a 13yo girl a bowl of spaghetti then drugged, raped her and dumped her in the stairwell?
>it all seems pretty obvious to me.
maybe his mind ain't in the gutter like yours