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A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

by Anthony Burgess

Analysis: Tough-o-Meter

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(6) Tree Line

Ultraviolence, droogs, milk: put 'em all together and you have a pretty grim tale on your hands (depending, of course, on whether or not you can get your hands on the infamous twenty-first chapter of the book). What can be equally challenging is all that nadsat: the insider lingo that Alex and his crew use to communicate. If you can stay with it, though, eventually you'll start to viddy what's what, especially if you use context clues to catch the drift. And, as always brothers, if you rely on Shmoop to help figure out what these vecks are up to, you won't be skorry.

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