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Detailed Summary

In a futuristic London Alex and his friends are all in the Korova bar where they all sit around and drink. But when they leave the bar they go on crime sprees in the night of London. They do many things like assault, robbery, car theft, and even rape. But the final crime out of all of these is the most brutal. Alex and his friends break into someones house and beat up the husband, and then rape the wife while the husband watches. After that Alex and the gang all go back to the Korova bar where Dim, one of the gang members, gets into a fight with Alex and then Alex punches Dim in the face. The other members of the gang don’t like this and slowly start to turn against Alex. On there next spree they break into a women’s house, but she calls the police so before Alex could escape Dim knocked him out. Alex was then apprehended by the police, where he learned that the woman he raped earlier had died. Alex gets sentenced to fourteen years in prison. He has a very hard time at first in prison, he gets beaten, and some inmates want to rape him. But after a few years it gets better because the jail chaplain becomes friends with Alex, and he teaches Alex about the Bible. Alex likes the bible because he enjoys the fights and drinking he can find in the book. Alex then kills another inmate and is selected to be in a new experimental program called the Ludovico’s Technique. It is a form of brainwashing that you inject Alex with a serum that makes him super sick, and then they make him watch violent movies so that he associates violence with being in pain. After going through 2 weeks of this treatment he is completely crime free, and is released from jail after only 2 years because he is harmless. Once the other gang members get news of Alex being released, Dim and an old enemy named Billy Bob take Alex into the middle of nowhere and beat him up. Alex then finds a house and begs for shelter, and he notices that the man is the husband of the woman he raped and killed a few years ago his name is F. Alexander. Once the man hears about what happened to Alex and ho the state brainwashed him, he tries to rise up and take down the state. They want Alex to make public appearances, but Alex does not want too, F. Alexander then recognizes the language that Alex and his friends used to speak, so he locks Alex in a room and blast classical music, which reminds Alex of violence, until Alex throws himself out of a window. Alex does not die from the fall and then because of this the public is outraged that a man could try to kill himself from a treatment, so they repeal the Ludovico’s Technique, and they restore Alex to his old self, and he starts a new gang and goes back to crime.

My Thoughts

I think that this book was really good, I liked how it wasn’t just them doing crime all the time, there was a whole story line involving the corrupt government. I especially liked how he started the book all bad, and then he turned super innocent for at least half of it, but by the end he was the same person that he started out as. So It’s kind of like nothing really mattered to Alex, but it did matter to the corrupt government, because Alex’s actions got rid of the experiments that drove Alex to try to commit suicide.

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