This was very hard reading for me. Not only is the language hard, but the
content is quite difficult. Burgess writes in "99 novels: the best in English
since 1939" that
This book is allegory, parody, didactic treatise, fable,
religious codex, and the taking of it seriously entails the taking of it
unseriously. I even don't quite understand that.
The book definitely has lots of funny moments, or rather very absurd moments.
The first line sets the atmosphere :
George is my name; my deeds have been
heard of in Tower Hall, and my childhood has been chronicled in the Journal
of Experimental Psychology. Language like
der goats is humaner than
der men, and der men is goatisher than der goats is something you have to
get used to.
Copyright © 2008 Peter Andrén