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Anthony Burgess on the meaning of “A Clockwork Orange” 

February 6th, 2011 · No Comments · Civilisation, Morality

Clockwork oranges don’t exist, except in the speech of old Londoners. The image was a bizarre one, always used for a bizarre thing. “He’s as queer as a clockwork orange,” meant he was queer to the limit of queerness.

I mean it to stand for the application of a mechanistic morality to a living organism oozing with juice and sweetness.

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