The Friday 56 & Friday Book Beginnings #2


The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice and asks you to turn to page 56 (or 56% in your e reader) of your book (any book) and share a sentence or two that doesn’t have spoilers.

Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and is about sharing the first sentence or so of the book you’re currently reading.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange

Summary: In Anthony Burgess’s nightmare vision of the future, where criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends’ social pathology. A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. When the state undertakes to reform Alex—to “redeem” him—the novel asks, “At what cost?”

From Goodreads


Book beginning: 

“What’s it going to be then, eh?”

“There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim, Dim being really dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar making up rasoodocks what to do with the evening, a flip dark chill winter bastard though dry.”

Page 56:

“And then, before he told me, I knew what it was. The old ptitsa who had all the kots and koshkas had passed on to a better world in one of the city hospitals. I’d cracked a bit too hard, like. Well, well, that was everything.


I’m reading this book mainly because I have a current desire to read the classic dystopian novels that have taken the world by storm in their time. At the moment this book is alright and I have read many other reviews saying this book is quite disturbing. I don’t see this at the moment as I’ve only just started it and sure, there have been some nasty scenes but at the moment I feel they’re not anything I haven’t come across in other books. The language and invented slang is something I’m finding a bit confusing too as in my copy there’s no glossary 😛 But so far I am enjoying this book and look forward to seeing how things unfold…. and whether this book really is as dark as everyone says it is.

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