Saturday, 4 April 2009

Clockwork Orange

'Queer as a clockwork orange', of course, is supposedly behind Burgess's title. But could it be that Burgess, that famously Catholic writer, was thinking of another sense of orange, inflected via, will-less automatism (all that marching)? The novel is typically read as being about free will, from a Christian perspective; but maybe it's more sectarian than that ...

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