14Anthony Burgess on A Clockwork Orange
Burgess’s is a unique story. His novella was intended to disgust the reader, eliciting hate for the main character Alex and his gang. But when Stanley Kubrick released his Malcom McDowell-starring adaptation of A Clockwork Orange, the reception wasn’t what Burgess had hoped. The sociopathic, violent, milk-drinking droogs became a cult
icon, a fun thing to dress up as on Halloween.
Burgess believes the film glorifies the violent and sexual acts of its characters and was completely misunderstood. Since the release of the film, Burgess has stated that he regrets writing the book in its entirety and that the misunderstanding of the film will “pursue me til I die.”