Nadsat. Anything and everything that I like. Inspiration for my other projects and sometimes random things too. Truckee / Taho. Despite the gloom of rain and the horror stories of traffic, we went ahead with last minute trip to Tahoe. Jess and I sometimes to do things that make things our friends scratch their heads. Read on to find out how and why Antony Burgess based A Clockwork Orange's secret language, Nasdat, on Russian. 'Oh, that' I said'Is what we call nadsat talk. All the teens use that, sir' Nadsat is the fictional slang invented by Anthony Burgess, for the novel'A Clockwork Orange'. The words used are based on'Russian, Rommany and rhyming slang'. The dialect is used by the teenagers or'nadsats', with the name coming from the Russian suffix for'teen'. As the novel is writen from Alex perspective it is used ... Nadsat is basically English with some borrowed words from Russian. It also contains influences from Cockney rhyming slang and the King James Bible, the German language, some words of unclear origin, and some that Burgess invented. The word nadsat itself is the suffix of Russian numerals from 11 to 19 (-надцать). The suffix is an almost ... Definitions of the important terms you need to know about in order to understand A Clockwork Orange, including Appy-polly loggies, Baboochka, Bezoomny, Bitva, Bog ... This is a list of the Nadsat words and other fictional terms found in the book by Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange, along with their meanings in English and their lexical origins.. The Nadsat slang word is shown with its closest English meaning or meanings. Its Russian origin is shown in Cyrillic, with an approximate transliteration, if pronounced (very) differently from the Nadsat. Nadsat is a mode of speech used by the nadsat, members of the teen subculture in the novel A Clockwork Orange.The narrator and protagonist of the book, Alex, uses it in first-person style to relate the story to the reader. He also uses it to communicate with other characters in the novel, such as his droogs, parents, victims, and any authority-figures with whom he comes in contact. Translation of Nadsat language in A Clockwork Orange book movie, Alex DeLarge, Ludwig Van Beethoven's 9th Symphoney A Clockwork Orange and Nadsat: One of the most innovative aspects of A Clockwork Orange is the language Burgess’s protagonists employ. Nadsat, Russian for ‘teen’, is the invented slang in which Alex narrates the novel, his experiences described in raucous and unfamiliar prose. Nadsat is not quite so hard to decipher as Cretan Linear B, and Alex translates it. I found that I could not read the book without compiling a glossary; I reprint it here, although it is entirely unauthorized, and some of it is guesswork. At first the vocabulary seems incomprehensible: 'you could peet it with vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom ...

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2014.01.24 01:15 jacklyons315 A Clockwork Orange

Interpreting Anthony Burgess's 1962 novella A Clockwork Orange. All opinions are valid so long as you've read the book and are familiar with the characters and plot. We will mainly be discussing the morals of the antihero and main character, Alex, as well as those of society. This is a philosophical discussion of the book. English and Nadsat are both acceptable here.

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2020.09.11 04:11 iNiTro_ Respect Jonothon Starsmore: Chamber (Marvel 616)

"What the bloody hell do we do, Summers? You want to stop mutants from dying? This is it. Mate. We kill the killers." - Jonothon Starsmore \)I\ [)II\)
A mutated, reclusive, self-conscious British goth, Jonothon Starsmore was the mutant known as Chamber. He was a mutant who possessed a furnace of psionic energy in his chest, which he struggled to keep under control. This power first manifested in an explosion that destroyed much of his chest and lower face and crippled his then-girlfriend Gayle Edgerton. As a result of his disfigurement, Chamber could only speak via telepathy. Jono began his career by joining Generation-X, the X-Men's junior team after long consideration. This led to him eventually joining the X-Men as well as becoming a teacher at the school - where he believed he was more well suited than in the 'trenches' as an active-field agent. After being used as a sleeper-agent to infiltrate Weapon X - Chamber was depowered soon after during the events of M-Day. On top of losing his powers he was put into critical condition due to the absence of several vital organs including his heart. Despite eventually awaking, he was unable to communicate without the use of an audio-device or even breathe without aid. He was then abducted and healed by Clan Akkaba, who revealed he was a descendant of Apocalypse. Jono however, declined his invitation to the Clan, believing that they were charlatans. Although powerless, he wasn't deterred for long - joining Night Thrasher's New Warriors under the alias of Decibel. Jono was then re-powered during the events of Age of X, rejoining the X-Men under his former alias in a teaching role. He remained in this position until the Age of X-Man, where he went underground and led the Morlocks. When a large amount were slaughtered by the Marauders, Chamber attempted to secure a safe-haven by joining Cyclops' X-Men - who helped him track down the Marauders. Despite proclaiming their innocence - Chamber was unforgiving, burning them alive where they stood. Harpoon however managed to survive and impale Chamber with his weapon which somehow negated his powers - killing him. Recently, Chamber was resurrected by The Five and is now residing on Krakoa, travelling with the New Mutants.
Chamber's entire chest and neck is a slowly expanding, bio-nuclear psionic furnace. He channels this energy in the form of ranged psionic-bioblasts as a primary form of attack. However, the maxiumum strength of his furnace is unknown, with its upper-limits never being touched upon. In addition to this, Chamber has a low-level psionic powers which he uses to telepathically communicate with those around him. It should be noted that his psionic-powers have been shown to have other miscellaneous uses.
[Bio-Nuclear Psionic Furnace]
- Physiology
- Psionic-Bioblasts and Furnace-Exposure
Chamber is required to communicate telepathically, as half of his face is destroyed. He does this by projecting a telepathic-voice into his targets head, something he calls ‘psionic-speech’.
- Communication
- Utility
Decibel Respect Thread
[E.F] = Energy-Form. After destroying his body after battling D'Spayre, Chamber was reduced to pure psionic-energy with no physical-shell. He soon reformed.
[D.R] = Danger Room. Similar to most X-Men, Chamber underwent training in the Danger Room. I've noted occasions where he's faced named or notable opponents here, regardless of it not being reality.
[A.E] = Artificial Environment. Whilst battling Adrienne Frost, Chamber and the rest of the New Mutants were placed in an artificial-environment formed by Adrienne psionically.
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2020.08.27 17:29 gogetaikari A 21st century book with themes similar to a clockwork orange?

Hi, so for my A-Level coursework I need to compare two books of my choice based on a theme, one 20th century and the other 21st. For the 20th century I’ll probably go with A Clockwork Orange because I’m rather fond of it, but I need a 21st century novel to compare and contrast it with. The themes I’m thinking of are generation divide (e.g the contempt between the youth and the adults, and the nadsat slang used by the youth) or evil characters with high taste (e.g alex loving beethoven and other classical music alongside rape, robbery and assault). It doesn’t have to be dystopian but it could help. Also, any other suggestions for themes are more than welcome. Anyone have any recommendations? Thanks in advance :)
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2020.08.03 03:39 JamesBobandy Drugs homebrew (LMOP spoilers)

Im running LMOP, my first campaign as a DM. My PC's have a tendency for hedonism. I made a system for Toxicity, Addiction and Withdrawal.
Toxicity is when you take a drug, you roll a con save to resist negative effects(being poisoned for 2D4 hours).
Here's some drugs:
"Epice magique" Con DC 12
magic spice. Magic item that when smoked sends the user to meet Golb, who grants them a magic item at the DM's discretion. Magic item lasts 24 hours, is not transferable, and can only be seen my user.
"Orange caps" Con DC 15
Small Mushroom, eaten to speak with The Great Mushroom himself, who may answer any one question. DM can interpret this liberally.
"Blue shelf" Con DC 7
mushroom, tastes like rotten fish and chalk. Regain 2 spell slots. Disadvantage on dex saves for 1D4 hours
"Gloshrooms" Con DC 12
bioluminescent mushroom eaten for darkvision, 8 hours.
"Pipeweed" Con DC 5
Smoked in pipe or a halfling cigarette. Adv on perception and concentration while smoking (5 minutes per dose/cigarette).
"Milk Stout Plus" Con DC 10
Or Beer Plus. Thick drink gives adv on initiative and first attack roll of combat. 5 minute duration.
"Fizz! Effervescent Delight: Ochre slurm" no con save
Best drink the character ever had. Cant oversell it. Looks good, tastes sweet and soda-like. Wisdom DC 17 or become compelled to seek out and consume Fizz as compulsively and often as possible.
Drug effects don't stack with each other.
Each time a player uses a drug they must also roll a con save for Addiction. The more times they use that individual drug, the higher the DC.
Uses 1-4 DC 2 Uses 5-10 DC 5 Uses 11-20 DC 10 Uses 21+ DC 18
Once addicted, they need to consume the drug daily. If they refrain from using the drug for more than 24 hours, they go through Withdrawal.
Withdrawal means they are poisoned for 1D4 days. The effects of this poisoning cannot be relieved without using the drug in question. If they don't use the drug for the remainder of withdrawal, they have successfully beat their addiction. This time.
In LMOP there is a gang called the redbrand ruffians. I decided to roleplay them as Alex and his droogs from a Clockwork Orange. That's why you see milk stout plus. Here's my bonus drug which i used as a way for the PC's to infiltrate the gang(along with the red cloaks they can use to disguise themselves)
Top Hat Con DC 5
Slowly dissolving hard candy/pill that makes you speak in the local gang slang(nadsat). 1 hour.
I also use Fizz! Ochre Slurm As a mechanic to draw my players into the clutches of: you guessed it! An Ochre jelly. Inspired by the Slurm factory episode in futurama.
Thanks for reading, hope it was interesting!
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2020.08.02 03:28 thankfkforxbox So the slang in a clock wo orange for adrenochrome/milk in Russian is nadsat? So translates to... I’m off to bed I think to much.
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2020.07.16 19:50 Dogly_1 The Navy Seal Copypasta but it's written entirely in Nadsat. (The language they speak in London and The Clockwork Orange By Anthony Burges)

What the fuck did you just sodding skazat about me, you malenky koshka? i'll have you know i graduated top of my class in the navy seals, and i've been involved in numerous secret raids on al-quaeda, and i have over 300 confirmed kills. I am trained in gorilla warfare and i'm the top sniper in the entire us armed forces. You are nothing to me but just another target. I will osoosh you the fuck out with precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this earth, mark my sodding slovos. You think you can get away with saying that cal to me over the internet? think again, fucker. As we govoreet i am contacting my secret network of spies across the usa and your ip is being traced right now so you better prepare for the storm, bratty. The storm that wipes out the pathetic malenky veshch you call your jeezny. You're sodding dead, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and i can kill you in over seven hundred ways, and that's just with my bare rookers. Not only am i extensively trained in unarmed sparring, but i have access to the entire arsenal of the united states millicents and i will use it to its full extent to osoosh your miserable sharries off the litso of the continent, you malenky cal. If only you could have known what unholy retribution your malenky "clever" comment was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your sodding yahzick. But you couldn't, you didn't, and now you're paying the price, you goddamn gloopy nazz. I will cal fury all over you and you will drown in it. You're sodding dead, droogie.
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2020.06.27 21:26 LeRoienJaune Anybody interested in developing Aklo as a Conlang?

Aklo- the fictional language of R'Lyeh and the Cthulhu mythos. I'm wondering if there might be people here interested in helping to expand and develop the language, in a manner similar to Klingon/Elvish/Dothraki/Nadsat. Of course, the linguistic challenge of Aklo is that it's supposed to be a brain-melting inhuman language. We have a few examples from HPL and other writers, but there's not much in a syntax structure yet. Anybody interested in maybe developing a subreddit for learning Aklo?
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2020.06.23 07:40 jimmysprunt Infinite Jest and A Clockwork Orange.

So I’m a few hundred pages into Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace and I keep finding Nadsat words from A Clockwork Orange. I just finished A reread of A Clockwork Orange right before digging into IJ and kept finding similar slang and even parts where the narration is eerily similar to the way Alex DeLarge speaks. For example the way DFW uses the word ‘like’ is exactly how Alex uses it when describing certain things in an almost lazy, nonchalant way.
Has anyone else noticed this or am I imagining it ? If this is intentional I think it’s amazing because A Clockwork Orange has been my favourite novel since I was in high school and it feels like David Foster Wallace is paying homage to Burgess, but I don’t know yet, can’t wait to discover more about this amazing book.
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2020.06.08 08:21 SaltyMargaritas Novels that include a special appendix, map, dictionary etc?

Greetings book lovers! I started reading Clive Barker's epic fantasy novel Imajica and one of the things I enjoy about it is that my paperback edition comes with a special illustrated appendix that explains all the unique magical characters and places which helps me navigate better in this complex world Barker has created.
I also vividly remember reading A Clockwork Orange years ago and constantly checking the included nadsat dictionary to make sure I understand the odd words in the English-Russian hybrid language specially created by the author.
Just now I noticed a reddit post by someone who said that when they read Dmitry Glukhovsky's Metro 2033, their copy came with a map of the subway network the novel takes place in, helping the reader to visualize the main character's journey. And I feel like I really love reading experiences where you get a book with a dictionary or appendix or illustrations that you need to constantly look at as if you are studying a world's intricacies.
Are there any other interesting fantasy or sci-fi novels that provide an experience like this?
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2020.06.07 01:38 Do_Jungl_Mingl "Their fuzzy warbles drone" double meaning?

This may be just be a random coincidence, but I'm reading A Clockwork Orange right now and there's a line kinda similar to this one from Wyrd. In Nadsat, the dialect/slang the author created for the book, "fuzzy warbles" would mean "scratchy records", and the phrase is used as the protagonist is buying a symphony recording at a record store and poking fun at some other kids for the generic "teeny pop" they were buying.
I couldn't find anything about this lyric being a reference to the book, but I thought it was interesting and it adds a new twist on the song if you think about the themes of the book in this context (especially the characters in the book relating to those in the song). I know on this album Dave had said he liked to find ways to include as much meaning as possible without adding too many words, the easiest example being the characterization gotten from "right my little Pooh bear" in Gooey.
What do you guys think? Was this an intentional reference?
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2020.05.26 18:33 CaptainDyslexia can someone write me a sentence with pretty dense newspeak?

I'm doing a quiz for my friends and part of the literature section is to translate something from a fictional language (I already have one written in nadsat, but my newspeak one kinda sucks) . so far the best I could come up with is "I got checked for a crimestop speedfulllike by the minilove men for haved a facecrime ; since I was feeling doubleplusungood. upsub say goodthink faces need to be straight "
if you guys can come up with any better suggestions(something that probably isnt very hard to do) I would be really grateful
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2020.05.01 20:36 CabbageHugs Vladof's connection to Clockwork Orange

I don't know if anyone else has made the connection but as I was reading Clockwork Orange, I realized several of Vladof's weapon names and adjectives come from Burgess' fictional language of Nadsat, a combination of Russian and English, which seems suitable since Vladof is meant to be Russian, communist and whatnot.
Some examples include:
Moloko, Creech, Oddy-Knocky, Bezoomy, Bolshy
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2020.04.28 21:47 thatNEET_ Down the rabbit hole, I go

Just recently, I went down a rabbit hole, jumping from distraction to distraction on the internet. When the derailed train of thoughts stopped, I realized that it had left a very clean trail in the form of Chrome tabs, so I decided I'd recount my thought processes and just how quickly distracted I was:
I saw a picture of Hamtaro, which I thought was of Ebichu at first (both are anime hamsters), which made me watch exactly 44 seconds of the anime Oruchuban Ebichua.
From that, I learned from a translator's note that, "Most young Japanese children can't pronounce 's' and other sounds very well," which made me look up that fact.
When I looked it up, Google, instead, wanted me to know why English speakers can't pronounce "fu".
I never knew that "ふ" was pronounced differently than the f sound in English!
I found out that a Japanese f is not made with the top teeth, but with the top and bottom lips almost touching, and the international symbol for that sound is "ϕ".
Where does that symbol come from? I remember from a video I've seen that there is a chart of these. It's called the International Phonetic Alphabet.
What do all of those sounds sound like? Well, here's a video on Youtube titled "IPA - All Sounds".
One minute into the video, the speaker wants me to look up "African clicking language", so I do.
I don't watch much of the video, but I see a Good Mythical Morning video - "5 Strange Languages Still Spoken Today"- in the recommendeds.
From that, I learn, "There are 7,000 languages spoken on this planet, and over 6,000 of them are spoken by under 100,000 people." I think he means each, not collectively. Any, under 100,000 people is small for the number of people speaking a language. There are some very popular fictional languages, like Klingon, that people learn for fun. I wonder if one of those has more than 100,000 speakers.
I'm not sure how to ask this question, so I just google "fake languages spoken" and the first result is "11 fake languages that are super easy to learn".
The first entry on the list is Nadsat from A Clockwork Orange, which is mostly plain English that has been strewn with made-up words, most of which are derived from Russian.
I've seen, like, 10 minutes of the movie, but I never realized that it had a made-up language. What does it sound like? The article links to a glossary from the book that lists all of the made-up words, their meanings, and origins.
"Appypolly loggy" and "Baddiwad" are two funny ones. One of the words, biblio, is based on the Russian word for library, "biblioteka".
But isn't "biblioteca" Spanish for "library"? I didn't know that those two were close enough to have cognates between them. What connection does Russian have with Spanish?
I didn't get far enough to find out, but, on an unrelated note, the Russian Language Wikipedia article says that "Russian distinguishes between consonant phonemes with palatal secondary articulation and those without, the so-called soft and hard sounds."
What does that mean? What is a phoneme? Wikipedia says it "is a unit of sound that distinguishes one word from another in a particular language.
The example it gives is that "sin" and "sing" are differentiated in most English dialects by the use of slightly different sounds, n or ŋ, but the west midlands and the north-west of England are notable exceptions.
What do those accents sound like? Apparently he west midlands dialect is called the Birmingham accent, and so I was given a video by Google titled "BIRMINGHAM ACCENT TUTORIAL".
Now, I don't actually if the video answered my questions, because, 33 seconds into the video, the British vlogger, Joel, says that "there are folks that say that it is the ugliest accent in the UK, which is not a fact! It isn't true!" I thought he was going to follow that with, "It's actually Cockney!" but he didn't give me any answer to this new question, so I had to search Google for "worst British accents" which, in hindsight, was misworded, because the top result it gave me was "11 of the worst accents at British accents onscreen, according to critics."
Now, this was SO much more interesting! I want to watch actors fail at putting on an accent so badly that viewers don't even know what they are trying to do, and that's what I got from the first entry: Kevin Cosner in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves."
Here is where the rabbit hole ends. I didn't find anything that triggered my curiosity, or maybe I was coming to my senses. I merely clicked on the link it gave and watched Kevin Costner do a funny voice. The next thing I did was look at all of the tabs I had opened, think about what it all started with, and start writing about my train of thought.

TLDR: seeing an anime hamster leads me to watch Kevin Costner fail at a British accent, going through two Chrome windows full of tabs, all in record-breaking time.
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2020.04.23 16:47 4nboi Ranking every book I've ever read;

or, A personal and very, very subjective, so don't start having a go that I don't like your favourite book, top 50 list.
After not reading anything for a good 6 or 7 years, last August, I finally got back into reading books, and today have finished my 50th book. And so I've decided to create a list, which after numerous reshufflings I think I'm now happy with, of those 50 books ranking them from worst to best. I haven't planned to give a lil mini review of each book, but if I feel I want to say something about a book, I will say it.
  1. Book of the New Sun {Shadow & Claw only} (Gene Wolfe) - I doubt I'll ever despise a fictional character in any media as much as Severian. If that's what Wolfe was going for then he's a genius, if not then I really don't understand what he was trying to do. This isn't helped by the unnecessarily obscure prose and absolutely sluggish plot. I do enjoy listening to the boys at Alzabo Soup though, so at least the world and lore are interesting, but I just cannot bring myself to read a sentence more of this.
  2. Heretics of Dune (Frank Herbert) - A tremendous disappointment, single-handedly killed any passion or interest I had for finishing the series
  3. Eric (Terry Pratchett) - probably would have enjoyed this over a half dozen years ago when I was still in primary school. As it is now, nah not for me.
  4. A Murder is Announced (Agatha Christie)
  5. The Compleat Angler (Izaak Walton) - you probably shouldn't read this unless you're already into fishing. My bad.
  6. The Crying of Lot 49 (Thomas Pynchon) - While the first 30 or so pages were pretty great, once the whole conspiracy plot started and Pynchon went completely into his wacky-encyclopedic-pointless-allusions and misdirections style of writing I lost interest completely
  7. The Snow Leopard (Peter Mathiesson) - fairly interesting, but would be miles better if the author didn't spent a third of the novel talking about how he's a newborn Buddhist and on a quest to find peace, whilst simultaneously moaning and complaining about everyone and everything
  8. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Agatha Christie)
  9. The Silmarillion (J.R.R Tolkien) - the first two 'books' were great, it's just that once I got into the Quenta Silmarillion and got overloaded with all the different names of places, people, peoples and lineages all of which had about 3 different names for the same name or person I rapidly lost interest
  10. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Vol. 1 (Edward Gibbon) - thought the first half or so was fantastic, it's just that after a certain point I lost track of the names and couldn't really follow anymore. Gibbon's prose is tremendous however, and the next book I'm reading is Volume 2 so I'll hopefully like that more
  11. Children of Dune (Frank Herbert)
  12. Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie)
  13. Animal Farm.(George Orwell)
  14. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (Phillip K. Dick) - the only time I'd say the film is better, although it had to be a complete aesthetic masterpiece to do so. The book does however have some very interesting points made about religion, nature and humanity, which the film leaves almost complete out.
  15. Letters on England (Voltaire) - very intriguing portrait 18th century Britain. Though at times the subject matter is a bit dry, I personally love Voltaire's writing style and will read about anything he wants to write about
  16. Swann's Way (Marcel Proust) - my mistake here was reading this a decade too early, and so while I felt I really got the first part, the following 400 or so pages were just wasted on me. I'll probably still read Within A Budding Grove and if I don't like that one any more then I'll just leave and start over in a few years.
  17. The Lies of Locke Lamora (Scott Lynch)
  18. The Last Days of Socrates (Plato) - my introduction to philosophy, and while it had me tearing my hair out at points trying to understand what was being said, I found terrifically insightful and very interesting. Also has a surprisingly good plot line.
  19. Ficciones (Jorge Luis Borges) - honestly just felt too stupid to be reading Borges. The few stories that I feel I really did 'get', are absolutely fantastic though, my favourite being 'The Circular Ruins', the ending of which made me cry for the time while reading. This will most definitely be the first book I re-read once I feel I am better prepared.
(Just a lil intermission here to say that from this point on that if I was giving out numerical values to these books, everything from this point on is at the very least an 8/10, and so a very strong recommendation from me to read any of the following books)
  1. In Praise of Shadows (Junichiro Tanizaki) - of the very few essays I've read so far this is by far the best. Mythical, mysterious, educational, insightful , spiritual, and with some great humour in there. Only this low because of how short it is, will most definitely be reading some of Tanizaki's larger works in the near future.
  2. Notes from Underground (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
  3. The Hobbit (J.R.R Tolkien) - the actual book that got me back into reading
  4. Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes) - probably read this one too early on to really appreciate it, but I still think it's a great novel on its own, and the influence it has had on all books since is gargantuan
  5. The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler)
  6. Dune (Frank Herbert)
  7. The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame) - You will never read a comfier, cozier, more childishly delightful book than this
  8. Dune Messiah (Frank Herbert)
  9. The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
  10. The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R Tolkien)
  11. A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess) - coming from a Polish family and speaking the language, for me the Nadsat was a stroke of genius. Deciphering the meaning of the words was like learning a new language, seeing how Burgess twisted certain words and the certain words he chose to use, for example malenky to mean small, was pure joy.
  12. Candide (Voltaire) - easily the funniest book I've ever read
  13. The Trial (Franz Kafka)
  14. God Emperor of Dune (Frank Herbert)
  15. Dubliners (James Joyce)
  16. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D Salinger) - at times hits embarrassingly close to home. While I'm no Holden Caulfield I've definitely shared many of his sentiments and even exact thoughts with him in the past. The style that Salinger brings to the novel is also sensational.
  17. The Collected Poems (W.B Yeats) - my introduction into reading poetry, and could not have asked for a better one. It really is fascinating seeing how an artist changes his art through the years and seeing it all unfold right as you are reading his work. Also 'The Wild Swans at Coole' is the only other time I've cried whilst reading.
  18. The Castle (Franz Kafka) - apart from maybe the film Brazil, this is the best depiction of a world gone well and truly mad
  19. The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco)
  20. David Copperfield (Charles Dickens) - whilst the first quarter or so of the book felt at least to me incredibly slow, and although the rest of it only ever goes a gear or two above that it is all rendered irrelevant by Dickens' gift for characterisation. Every single being in this book is brimming with a unique sense of life.
  21. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
  22. 2666 (Roberto Bolano) - the book about everything
  23. The Collected Short Stories (Franz Kafka) - the best short story collection of all times? As it stands right now I would argue so, although I still need to read some of the other greats (Maupassant, Checkhov, Hemingway etc.). Also A Country Doctor is my favourite short story of all time.
  24. Stoner (John Williams) - the perfect depiction of life, failure and finding meaningful life in that failure.
  25. On the Road (Jack Kerouac) - Sort of like less pathetic Catcher in the Rye. A strangely poetic, endlessly energetic, raw, manic, sincere and honest in its own bullshit, portrait of Post-WWII America, the Beats and madness
  26. The Adventures of Augie March (Saul Bellow) - for me, from the little that I've read, this is The Great American Novel. Even if it was written by someone born in Canada.
  27. A King Alone (Jean Giono) - the first two thirds of the novel might just be my favourite thing ever written. Shame the quality does drop a bit after the wolf hunt, however the ending does make up for that in its own mind-boggling and very depressing way.
(Another intermission here, these following 4 novels are all 10/10s, well at least in my book they are)
  1. The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea (Yukio Mishima) - simply put, Mishima is the best prose stylist I have ever read. Every single word on the page is perfect. And the story, which is at times horrendously disturbing, especially the chapter with the dead cat, is also incredible. Although I haven't yet read any more of his work, after having read about Mishima himself, this book of his may be a perfect mirror to Mishima's own beliefs about life, beauty and esthetic.
  2. Crime & Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky) - for me Dostoevsky's genius lies in place the reader as claustrophobically close to Raskolnikov so much so that one almost falls in the same delirium as he. Fascinating plot, fascinating psychology and philosophy and fantastic characters. Also bonus points for inspiring the greatest TV show and character of all time Columbo.
  3. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce) - whilst this is the last book I finished and so there might be some recency bias, and because I haven't yet fully formed my opinions on this book, all I'll say is this may be the single best example of sheer literary genius in book form. A perfect novel.
  4. Epitaph of a Small Winner (Machado de Assis) - the only book beating out Joyce's literary perfection is Braz Cubas' recounting of his own life after he himself has died. Not only is this a triumph of prose, experimentation, characterisation, dialogue, humour, dialogue and any other arbitrary feature a good book should have, it has allowed me to respect my everlasting mediocrity, and overcome my fear of death. Oh and de Assis wrote this in 1881 over 3 decades before Joyce published his first major work Dubliners
Now obviously my beliefs on what is good literature and what is not mean exactly fuck all, but I hope that at least a few people get a couple of good recommendations from the list, and I wanted to make something to mark down my progress in reading. Cheers.
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2020.04.15 03:36 1deas A guide of where to start and what to expect from Stanley Kubrick

I recently finished through Kubrick's filmography. Often when I approach a new director, I look for some type of guidance on where to start and what to expect. Here I'll try to do just that! This is completely spoiler free.

Fear and Desire
Even Kubrick had to start somewhere. This is definitely his most disorganized picture. If you are interested in working through Kubrick chronologically, go right ahead. You'll be rewarded in the long run. Otherwise, I would not suggest starting with this.
Killer's Kiss
This is Kubrick's second feature film. It is a hell of a lot better than Fear and Desire and you begin to see Kubrick develop his style. I would not recommend starting with this.
The Killing
This is an excellent movie most people don't know anything about. It tells the story of the plotting and events of a horse racetrack heist... but there's a certain catch. This movie clearly inspired Reservoir Dogs via the nonlinear storytelling surround the heist. In my opinion, it's better. My recommendation is to watch it with subtitles from the beginning because the accents aren't always clear. If you like this type of film, The Killing could be a good starting point. Especially since it's more focused on narrative than satire, unlike many of Kubrick's works.
Paths of Glory
Another excellent movie. The opening war sequences will have you scratching your head as to why there has been no lawsuit against 1917 for plagiarism. From there, the movie goes in an unexpected direction that will have you yelling at the screen. This is the movie where you first see Kubrick's satirical edge. It may be Kubrick's most entertaining film from start to finish. I would definitely recommend starting this movie.
An epic in its scope and length, Spartacus is as entertaining a 3.5 hour film could be. It is also Kubrick's most mainstream movie. It tells the story of a slave/gladiator who rises up against his captors and starts a revolt against the Roman Republic. This is the movie that Kubrick had the least control over. This is evident in certain scenes where characters appear to act in ways that don't make sense given the previous characterization. However, if you can shut your brain off... it's a lot of fun. If this is your thing, start here.
In my opinion, this is Kubrick's hidden gem. However, this is a highly controversial in its subject matter, as it follows Professor Humbert Humbert who becomes infatuated with a 14 year old girl. Don't go into this expecting a faithful adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's book. It's not. Instead, it's a highly satirical, darkly funny, and extremely uncomfortable (in a similar way to Scorsese's The King of Comedy) look at sexual obsession, sexual manipulation, and hypocrisy. This is not a good place to start.
Dr. Strangelove
Maybe the greatest dark comedy movie of all time? Have you ever thought, 'what would happen if the wrong American got their hands nuclear weapons?' Well so has Kubrick... and it's not pretty. Peter Sellers is excellent in all of his characters. This an excellent place to start.
2001: A Space Odyssey
Maybe the greatest science fiction movie of all time? This film is jam packed with unbelievable visuals, interesting metaphors, and groundbreaking special effects - many of which hold up today easily. After all, Kubrick was accused of faking the moon landing (one year later) because of what he was able to accomplish with this movie. This has also paved the way for science fiction movies, and is heavily referenced throughout modern cinema. Watch this on the biggest screen you can find. However, this is a horrible place to start. Kubrick was a highly technical director who always seemed to keep the viewer at a distance from the characters. If this is your starting point for Kubrick, there's a good chance you'll find this film cold and boring, and it is neither. Don't start here!
A Clockwork Orange
Another highly controversial movie. This was originally given the X rating due to... well... go look it up. However, Kubrick's satirical edge here is working at full force. The film follows Alex and his three droogs (friends) as they wreak havoc. Despite it's thematic material, it never gets too dark thanks in part to the 'Nadsat' slang and background Beethoven. It is a very good movie and a wild ride that will have you questioning free will. Not a good place to start.
Barry Lyndon
Imagine a perfect period movie such that each scene looks like a Renaissance painting. Sounds like an interesting concept, right? Now how about you make the main character cold and despicable. That would be a difficult feat to pull off. Now add the fact that the voiceover narration tells you exactly what's going to happen, right before it happens. That would be nearly impossible to pull off right? Well if it were anyone aside from Kubrick trying to do this, you'd be right. However, Kubrick specializes in mesmerizing visuals and keeping viewers a distance from the characters while keeping you entertained and curious to find out what happens next. This is another excellent movie. Not a good place to start though.
The Shining
A horror movie like no other. Watch this one at night with the lights off, the phones away, and the shades down. By the end of the movie, you will be questioning everything that happened in the best way possible. You will be scouring the internet for resolution, but ironically doing this will leave you far more disturbed than you were to begin with. To reiterate, the more research you do on this, the scarier it gets. Trust me. If you dig this, The Shining may be a great place for you to start your journey through Kubrick's filmography.
Full Metal Jacket
This is a war movie that is divided into seemingly unrelated sections. The most common criticism of this movie is that 'I loved the first half, but the second half felt strange.' I think that to appreciate the film, you need to abandon the expectation of a coherent narrative. Everything that happens on screen is done with a point. It's your job to figure out what that point is. For this reason, you need some Kubrick under your belt before checking this out. This is not a good place to start.
Eyes Wide Shut
At its surface, it's a movie about a conspiracy. Below the surface, it's a movie about a man who is haunted by his deteriorating sexual relationship with his wife. It deals with temptation, social class, and gender roles. It is a very good movie, but you definitely want to have seen other Kubrick movies in advance. Don't start here.

I hope this has helped those of you who have heard about Stanley Kubrick for a long time, but just either didn't get the chance to start his filmography or didn't know where to start. As a big movie fan, I always find pages like this helpful and I hope you do too. If you have any questions, let me know below but remember... NO SPOILERS!
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2020.04.10 23:22 theumbrellagoddess I’ve committed to writing my first cyberpunk novel, and I have no idea where to start.

I’ve come to consult the experts — thanks in advance for any assistance.
What I’m working with:
What I’m hoping you all can tell me:
I hope this isn’t asking too much. Thanks to anyone who takes the time to respond!
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2020.03.26 08:48 Ecamad To anyone who has read A Clockwork Orange:

I just started it, obviously into the first chapter I don’t really understand what’s going on because of the slang. I knew about the different language going into the book but my question is: Would the book be more enjoyable if I used the nadsat dictionary in the back of the book, or if I just figured it out as I go, ignoring the dictionary?
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2020.03.23 08:56 Zoole I will try to explain what I believe to be a hidden plot in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and how it centers around Adrenochrome, and who may be producing it.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, is an excellent example of a book/film that sets out to display the mindset of one on drugs, as well as a subtle depiction of the current state of America. While most of the film seems to focus on the effects of drugs like ether, alcohol, LSD, Mescaline, among other hallucinogenics; the most important drug to the story may actually be Adrenochrome.
I’m sure I don’t need to explain Adrenochrome to this community after today, yet I’ll just state for the relevance of this post, that it is a drug that comes from inside living human adrenal glands.
Adrenochrome only has a moment on screen, yet it seems to be relevant to multiple events occurring throughout the entire film. In the very opening of the film, we see Doctor Gonzo and Raoul Duke driving down the interstate, with Doctor Gonzo having an unusually large cut or spot of blood on his neck. I wasn’t able to find easy images or videos of everything, and I don’t have access to the film atm, but will supplement with whatever I can
Doctor Gonzo is the one who carries Adrenochrome with him in his own drug stash, and the Adrenochrome appears as a vial of a clear pink type substance. Doctor Gonzo leaves a few clues as to his usage of Adrenochrome, and it seems as though it could be plausible that the good doctor is an addict himself, but that is not for certain.
For example: when Raoul(Depp) first takes adrenochrome, he says he wants to go into a pool of water! It makes him want to submerge his body in water. He repeats this. Below I will put the transcript from the book where adrenochrome is explained. You will notice two times Duke says he wants to be submerged in water. This is in the film as well. ?
So! An effect of Adrenochrome in the universe of Fear and Loathing, likely includes the desire to be submerged in water! And so naturally, we can find Doctor Gonzo with the desire to submerge himself in water.
Now, a good lay down of these drugs are given in this film. You have Adrenochrome, produced from a living human adrenal gland. You can also take an adrenal gland and chew on it somehow. The same goes for the Pineal Gland as well. It can be crushed, and it can be chewed on, however the pineal gland is described as having far different effects, to a supernatural degree. It also seems that Human Blood itself has some type of high in this films/books universe.
The first mention of Pineal Gland, occurs in a creepy manor with reference to a 16 year old girl being decapitated and having her head essentially juiced for the pineal gland, in the middle of a parking lot.
So this is an integral part to the horror of the universe of Fear and Loathing. This is big, and happening everywhere in that universe. So who is doing it? I believe a separate trail of clues was left to indicate who is doing this. It’s very subtle, but you’ll like this part.
Pay attention to the very end of F&L. The part where Depp drives off into the sunset, and the camera focuses on a road sign that says “YOU ARE NOW LEAVING FEAR AND LOATHING”. Credits should start rolling soon, but if you have a keen eye, look at The part of the road sign where you see your typical Lions Club logo. Lions, is replaced with Lizards, yet the rest of the logo is the same. It says Lizards Club.
Don’t worry, I’m not about to start going on about reptilians, that’s not my line of thought. But there are multiple references to serpentine people all throughout the film.
Example 1: the first night after Duke took adrenochrome,
2: all the people in the casino bar, become reptilian creatures, all moaning as if they were feeling an incredible sensation.
3: remember the scene with the Pineal gland and the hotel desk clerk turns into a cobra?
So who’s doing it? The lizards club?
“But the guy didn’t have any cash. He’s one of these Satanism freaks. He offered me human blood – said it would make me higher than I’d ever been in my life,” he laughed. “I thought he was kidding, so I told him I’d just as soon have an ounce or so of pure adrenochrome – or maybe just a fresh adrenalin gland to chew on.” I could already feel the stuff working on me. The first wave felt like a combination of mescaline and methedrone. Maybe I should take a swim, I thought. “Yeah,” my attorney was saying. “They nailed this guy for child molesting, but he swears he didn’t do it. ‘Why should I fuck with children?’ he says; ‘They’re too small!’” He shrugged. “Christ, what could I say? Even a goddamn werewolf is entitled to legal counsel... “
In this universe, the Satanism Freak has access to these drugs, likely, because he is among those who are producing it. The Satanism Freak is also a child molester. Who else is a child molester?
Doctor Gonzo. Remember Lucy?
“After much difficulty, we got back to the room and tried to have a serious talk with Lucy. I felt like a Nazi, but it had to be done. She was not right for us – not in this fragile situation. It was bad enough if she were only what she appeared to be – a strange young girl in the throes of a bad psychotic episode – but what worried me far more than that was the likelyhood that she would probably be just sane enough, in a few hours, to work herself into a towering Jesus-based rage at the hazy recollection of being picked up and seduced in the Los Angeles International Airport by some kind of cruel Samoan who fed her liquor and LSD, then dragged her to a Vegas hotel room and savagely penetrated every orifice in her body with his throbbing, uncircumcised member.”
So who is the Lizard Club? In my opinion, they are likely those that produced the Adrenochrome. The Satanism Freak/Child Molestor, who might actually be Doctor Gonzo himself?, being the biggest clue, and a link between the Lizards Club, and Adrenochrome.
They are the Satanists, who worship a Reptile of their own.
The people who became reptilian in this film, did not become lizard people. They became lost in their indulgences in the land of vice.
The definition of being reptilian in this universe seems to fit those who have driven head first into sin and evil. With as many underlying themes of religion as this movie contains, I’m not surprised to find Satanism here.
Especially when this is actually based on a true story.
I’m sure this is a lot to digest, i know I still have a lot to sort through with this subject, but I feel pretty confidently that there is important relevance to the real world with the depictions in this film, and it may be important for all of us to educate ourselves on this very real subject, as mind altering drugs created by the human body may have a larger market than we know.
Edit: added this little snippet, “drenchrom” is a drug in the book “A Clockwork Orange”, 1962
“In Anthony Burgess' 1962 novel A Clockwork Orange, "drencrom" (presumably the Nadsat term for adrenochrome) is listed as one of the potential drugs that can be added to Moloko Plus (milk laced with a drug of the consumer's choice) at the Korova Milk Bar.”
Edit: Edit: I have just been made aware that the book has an even more interesting perspective on the girl who’s head was chopped off. It was Doctor Gonzo who tells this story in the Book
“In L.A. it’s out of control. First it was drugs, now it’s witchcraft.” “Witchcraft? Shit, you can’t mean it!” “Read the newspapers,” I said. “Man, you don’t know trouble until you have to face down a bunch of these addicts gone crazy for human sacrifice!” “Naw!” he said. “That’s science fiction stuff!” “Not where we operate,” said my attorney. “Hell, in Malibu alone, these goddamn Satan- 50
worshippers kill six or eight people every day.” He paused to sip his drink. “And all they want is the blood,” he continued. “They’ll take people right off the street if they have to.” He nodded. “Hell, yes. Just the other day we had a case where they grabbed a girl right out of a McDonald’s hamburger stand. She was a waitress. About sixteen years old... with a lot of people watching, too!” “What happened?” said our friend. “What did they do to her?” He seemed very agitated by what he was hearing. “Do?” said my attorney. “Jesus Christ, man. They chopped her goddamn head off right there in the parking lot! Then they cut all kinds of holes in her and sucked out the blood!” “God almighty!” the Georgia man exclaimed... “And nobody did anything?” “What could they do?” I said. “The guy that took the head was about six-seven and maybe three hundred pounds. He was packing two Lugers, and the others had M-16s. They were all veterans.” “The big guy used to be a major in the Marines,” said my attorney. “We know where he lives, but we can’t get near the house.” “Naw!” our friend shouted. “Not a major!” “He wanted the pineal gland,” I said. “That’s how he got so big. When he quit the Marines he was just a little guy.” “O my god!” said our friend. “That’s horrible!” “It happens every day,” said my attorney. “Usually it’s whole families. During the night. Most of them don’t even wake up until they feel their heads going – and then, of course, it’s too late.” The bartender had stopped to listen. I’d been watching him. His expression was not calm. “Three more rums,” I said. “With plenty of ice”
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2020.03.22 22:06 lukejmcgrath A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange was the first, and to date only, novel I’ve read in a single sitting. I can’t remember why, but I was staying at my grandparents’ house for a few nights, perhaps home from university. For some reason, I found myself with a copy of the book and dove into one night, finishing it several hours later at 3am.
Divided into three parts, A Clockwork Orange, follows the story of Alex, a young and violent man who spends his evenings taking part in “ultra-violence”, beating, maiming and raping with his gang of three “droogs”. Caught and sentenced to jail, Alex is subjected to an experimental treatment which removes his free will and makes even the thought of violence turn his stomach.
The novel is one of a select few where it’s impossible to choose a true highlight, indeed it’s the perfection of the whole that makes A Clockwork Orange so successful. The prose is tight, explosive and yet works away at subtler themes than it often gets credit for. Of course, there’s free will under scrutiny, but so too is government interference, youth culture, violence, prisons and religion.
While the prose shines, it is often the narration that many remember, spurred on by Burgess’ nadsat, a language compounded from Russian, rhyming slang and pure invention, oh my brothers. Alex, our humble narrator, is the voice of his generation. He’s an anarchist, intellectual and philosopher rolled into the malevolent heartbeat of a disconnected teenager. He delights in violence and crime, despises authority, but you often sense is just a little too bright to truly believe he can last forever that way.
Martin Amis, in his 2012 essay on A Clockwork Orange, rightly celebrates the almost whisp-like nature of the novel:
“It is a book that can still be read with steady pleasure, continuous amusement and — at times — incredulous admiration.”
Like Amis, my main reaction the novel has always been a sense of wonder at the sheer perfection Burgess accomplished. Written in just three weeks, the book reads as if it was born in a storm of white-hot but short-lived fire. No other novel I know of better captures its tone, story and meaning in so few words. Perhaps The Great Gatsby is the closest in terms of creating a single, atmospheric story. Yet even Fitzgerald rests his novel from time to time. Burgess, you sense, did not blink.
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2020.03.22 11:20 huntergreeny Is A Clockwork Orange a popular book in Russia?

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess has a Russian-based slang called Nadsat. This use of Russian is unusual for a book written in English. Has this resulted in the book being popular in Russia?
If you have read the book in English was it easy to understand the Russian words?
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2020.03.15 00:22 ineedtopeewow What are you currently reading? If you aren't reading anything what's your favorite book or the last thing you read?

I'm reading A Clockwork Orange (the language they speak, nadsat or whatever, is the wackiest thing ever and the way it just casually talks about "ultraviolence"... damn). I'm terrible so I'm constantly reading like five books at the same time so I'm also reading 1984, Half Of A Yellow Sun and Inferno (Dante).
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