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In 1963, Anthony Burgess brilliantly created a working-class dystopia in his novel, “A Clockwork Orange.” Set in a future UK, the novel describes an incompetently governed society terrorized by uneducated, unemployed teenage street gangs through the eyes of Alex, its sociopathic 15-year-old narrator.

The book’s title is a nod to an old Cockney phrase, “as queer as a clockwork orange”–something that looks normal on the outside but has strange inner workings.

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