But Did You Read the Book? #6


A Clockwork Orange
(Anthony Burgess; 1962)

5 comments:

swac said...

Was this a Penguin edition in the U.S.? The American edition famously dropped the final chapter (I have an old U.S. hardcover), which was in the UK version, presumably including the Penguin, and didn't see the light of day in North American until it was reprinted in Rolling Stone, and was added back to subsequent editions post-1986.

It was the U.S. version that the film's screenplay is based on, but Kubrick later claimed he felt the final chapter, where Alex decides to renounce his violent past and turn his life around, didn't work anyway (which might also explain Anthony Burgess's disdain for the film in general).

Tom Block said...

I still have the copy I bought at Blackwell's in '76. It's the UK Penguin, from back when UK Penguins had the coolest covers in the world, e.g.:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41m6y8pNPpL.Image._.jpg

swac said...

I have a '70s copy of Nineteen Eighty Four from that same line of Penguins (and I also have the paperback of Clockwork Orange shown above). They did look pretty boss (especially compared to the generic Penguin covers of yore).

WillyC said...

I believe it is a 1974 UK paperback cover.

said...

All the way to 1965, 1st edition pb ... great cover! http://i46.tinypic.com/357etrt.jpg