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Anthony Burgess

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A Clockwork Orange | Chapter Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Winter; night 1

    Alex and his gang rob, fight another gang, beat a man, and rape his wife.

    Part 1, Chapter 1
  • Day 1

    Alex skips school, buys a recording, and rapes two ten-year-old girls.

    Part 1, Chapter 4
  • Night 2

    The gang attempts to rob an old woman; Alex is arrested.

    Part 1, Chapter 6
  • Two years later; Sunday

    Alex and his cellmates thrash a new prisoner.

    Part 2, Chapter 2
  • Monday

    The Governor releases Alex for behavioral therapy.

    Part 2, Chapter 3
  • Tuesday

    Alex leaves prison and has his first session of Ludovico's Technique.

    Part 2, Chapter 4
  • Wednesday

    Alex endures two sessions. He tries uselessly to escape.

    Part 2, Chapter 6
  • Two weeks later

    Alex demonstrates that the sessions have rendered him harmless.

    Part 2, Chapter 7
  • After release; day 1

    Beaten by old men and by Dim, Alex finds the cottage.

    Part 3, Chapter 4
  • Day 2

    Tormented by F. Alexander's comrades, Alex tries to kill himself.

    Part 3, Chapter 5
  • Weeks later

    Alex forms and abandons a new gang, looking for something more.

    Part 3, Chapter 7

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Part 1, Chapter 1 Alex meets his gang at the Korova Milkbar to plan their winter evening. The Milkbar is a favorite hangout for Alex, Pete... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 2 The gang hears a drunk caterwauling outside the bar. His belches and filthy clothes disgust Alex. Dim hits the man in th... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 3 Alex and his gang, in a "hate and murder mood," push the stolen car into a canal and take the train back to town, acting... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 4 Alex wakes feeling "fashed and bashed." He decides to skip school and listens as his parents head to work, his mother si... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 5 When Alex wakes up that evening, he sees that someone took the album off the stereo and hears his parents in the living ... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 6 The boys head to Oldtown, home to many older people, who own "pictures and jewels" and other "pre-plastic" items that to... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 7 Alex still cannot see well as he is led into the prison, but he smells a mix of vomit and disinfectant and hears prisone... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 1 Alex begins the "weepy and like tragic" part of his story. Two years have passed since he began his sentence as Prisoner... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 2 A new prisoner is introduced, a "quarrelsome" man with "filthy intentions" who brags about his crimes and who thinks A... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 3 Later that day, guards drag Alex to the Governor's office, where the downtrodden Governor explains that the Minister of ... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 4 Alex is wheeled to a room with a screen, speakers, and a "bank of all like little meters." A chair attached to wires sit... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 5 Alex refuses to describe the other films he sees during the first treatment; he cannot believe Dr. Brodsky's team can st... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 6 By the end of the next day's second session, Alex is screaming, "Stop it, stop it." His feelings of illness are increasi... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 7 Alex feels that he has been in treatment "for near ever." Then one morning, the attendant tells him that after one more ... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 1 "What's it going to be then, eh?" Alex asks himself when he is released the next morning. With a little money to get him... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 2 Alex makes his way through the cold streets to the record shop, where teens dance to "some new horrible popsong." When A... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 3 The police officers seem familiar to Alex as they wallop the old men with quirts (a type of whip), dispersing them. Then... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 4 Alex walks through icy rain until he sees a village that is somehow familiar, even in the dark. He comes to a cottage wi... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 5 Alex wakes, feeling "warmed and protected" after a sound sleep to the smell of breakfast. Searching for a copy of his ho... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 6 Alex's fall breaks his back and several other bones. He realizes, just before he passes out, that he has not one friend ... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 7 Alex, with his new gang—Len, Rick, and Bully—sit in the crowded Korova Milkbar planning their evening in a scene nearly ... Read More
Epilogue: "A Malenky Govoreet about the Molodoy" Translated out of nadsat, the title of this epilogue means "A Little Conversation about the Youth." Burgess wrote it to ... Read More
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