03 January, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (67)

Hello, everyone! Teaser Tuesday has come around again. This weekly, bookish meme is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Rules for participating:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week, my teaser is from A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. I suppose I should have known that the description "dazzling experiment in language" equals "mind-boggling gobbledygook at first read". You'll see what I mean in the teaser.

They had no licence for selling liquor, but there was no law yet against prodding some of the new veshches which they used to put into the old moloko, so you could peet it with velocet or synthemesc or drencrom or one or two other veshches which would give you a nice quiet horrorshow fifteen minutes admiring Bog And All His Holy Angels and Saints in your left shoe with lights bursting all over your mozg. Or you could peet milk with knives in it, as we used to say, and this would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of dirty twenty-to-one, and that was what we were peeting this evening I'm starting off the story with.
-p. 1

Prodding? Veshches? Moloko? Mozg?

Hopefully, I will better understand this by the end.


Got a teaser, or thoughts on the book you're reading?

Ever read a book where the language/slang threw you off?

-----The Golden Eagle


Cherie Reich said...

That teaser makes my head hurt. *laughs* I think for now I'll stick to watching the movie. It was an...interesting movie.

My teaser is on my other blog: http://surroundedbybooksreviews.blogspot.com/2012/01/teaser-tuesdays-last-rising-by-rachel.html

Christine Rains said...

I had to re-read it a couple of times to make sure my eyes weren't going funny! *LOL* I've seen the movie but never read the book. Thanks for sharing!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The movie was a bit of a mind-meld as well.

Jessica G. said...

Yeah, I've heard about this one! And the teaser definitely makes my head spin as much as the proffered beverage would, apparently. :)

Here's mine: http://duckduckcow.blogspot.com/2012/01/teaser-tuesday-my-big-fat-supernatural.html

Old Kitty said...

Oh Eagle - you will! You will!! Persist - I loved this novel - and yes - smoke came out of my ears - but it's a good 'un! LOL!

Take care

Anonymous said...

I had to re-read that... Agree, hope it makes more sense as you get to the end :)

Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

I loved that book!
And yeah, the first page or two, it's hard to follow. But you pick up the language just the way we pick up our native tongue: context (although if you have one of the editions with a glossary in the back, that helps too).
And then something clicks, and the language seems natural and you can follow it like you grew up speaking it.
The same thing happens to me with Huckleberry Finn--the dialect bothers me for a couple of pages until I click into it.

David P. King said...

Sweet! I actually read this one. It's been a while, but it still haunts me. Love the excerpt. :)

Jemi Fraser said...

And that's why I never read that book! My daughter had to in high school and hated every single sentence of it! :)

nutschell said...

Wow! hmm. now I want to read this book. I had such a busy 2011. I hope to be even busier this year. :) Thanks for being a great bloggy friend. Here's wishing you a happy new year!

Sananora said...

Goodness, that is quite an excerpt...

Theresa Milstein said...

I saw the movie, but never read the book. It seems the movie was easier to follow.

I'd grab my current read, but my cat is on my lap. I'm reading Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn. I'll see if she has a good quote on Goodreads. *leaves*

I found this from chapter one:

"The girl huddled on the floor inside her ring of tormentors, clutching her head and squeezing her eyes shut, as if that would keep out the sims that surrounded her newly minted reader mind. What they were doing was a misdemeanor thought crime, but I couldn’t exactly turn the pravers in. The administrators might get their true memories under questioning, especially if they brought in a truth magistrate, but they wouldn’t do that based on the word of a zero."

Deniz Bevan said...

Oh my! I read that book so long ago I'd forgotten all about that stuff. Maybe I understood it better as a teen than I would now? [she asked with tongue in cheek]

Cacy said...

Yeah...I keep meaning to read that book, but every time I open up and the read the first paragraph my brain goes. "Nope. Not up to this today."

My teaser from The Big Slash by Jack D. Ferraiolo (and author I just recently discovered and fell in love with):

"It sounded plausible, but trusting Vinny Biggs was like signing your own detention slip. Twenty bucks, however, was hard to ignore, no matter what the risks were."

Fireflywishes said...

Wow, I really don't think I could read an entire book like that. I'd be goingo ver and over each sentence trying to figure out meanings. Sounds like something that would be fun to read for a college class or something, but not for fun :D

Happy New Year!

April @My Shelf Confessions

Belle said...

And to think, it got published! I heard about the movie so I didn't watch it or read the book. Please tell us if you understood it by the end.

I'm reading, 'Friend of My Youth' by Alice Munro.
This takes place in 1879.

"One day a man goes through the streets ringing a cowbell and calling, "repent! Repent! It's not a stranger this time, it's a young man who works at the butcher shop. Take him home, wrap him in cold wet cloths, give him some nerve medicine, keep him in bed, pray for his wits. If he doesn't recover, he must go to the asylum."

ali cross said...

Hi Eags! I pretty much hated A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. But oh well. I remember reading Huck Finn and how hard it was to get into the language of that book. It was crazy! But I finally did find the rhythm of it ... and then it infected my regular speech patterns! It was funny.

Shannon Lawrence said...

~blink, blink~


Though I've read through the comments on here, and it makes me want to try it out. I have seen the movie, and, odd as it was, I think it was good.

Thanks for stopping by earlier!

Deborah Walker said...

I loved that book. I've seen editions with a glossary in it, but I never minded all the strange vocab.

Stuart Nager said...

It does take a bit, but as others have mentioned, once you're into it...

then, when it's over, it just stays with you. Amazing amount of work that went into this book, creating so much "new slang" for it.

Kubrick did a great job with the movie.

Carol Riggs said...

I read that book in high school, interestingly enough! (tho a lot of parents objected its use in the science fiction class curriculum) Very futuristic and experimental, yep. :)

Paul Tobin said...

I think some of the slang is Russian? I seem to remember reading that he used a mixture of languages for the book. Good luck, I could never finish it-but i'm not a great fan of Burgess full stop. thought you might like this youtube link-its a man base jumping off the Marina Sands-the building in Singapore you posted a while back. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_74hIOsJrKM&feature=share Like Clockwork Orange, I could not do this either!

Golden Eagle said...

Cherie: Makes my head hurt, too. :P

I haven't seen it; and I probably won't be watching the movie.

Christine: I had to do the same as well, when I first opened the book!

You're welcome.

Alex: It must have been, with a first page like that. LOL.

Jessica: Yeah; if this is the language, I don't want to know what the drink would be like.

Old Kitty: I'm going to push through it--by hook or by crook. LOL. It will be a challenge, and I love challenges. :)

Tfwalsh: Same here. :P

Jennifer: I managed to get the Penguin Classics version that just has the story itself. Ah, well.

I haven't read Huckleberry Finn, but I've heard the language is different in that book as well.

David: Glad you enjoyed the excerpt!

Jemi: Well, that's reassuring . . . LOL. I haven't reached the stage of hating it yet; but then again, I haven't really progressed much through the novel. *cough*

Nutschell: Life has a habit of being busy; though with all you did last year, I have trouble imagining an even busier 2012 for you!

I'm honored to be your friend, Nutschell. :)

Sananora: Indeed. I guess I'll have the chance to find out how well I pick up on languages. :P

Theresa: I'm interested to find out how they handled the language in the movie; though I don't think I'll be seeing it after I finish the book.

I don't like moving when the cat is on my lap, either. Too warm. LOL.

Great teaser!

Deniz: As a teen, I'm hoping I'll figure out the language after a while . . .

Cacy: I don't blame your brain--I think mine is doing the same!

Intriguing teaser; and yeah, twenty bucks is twenty bucks. LOL.

April: I'm reading it for fun; I must be twisted, because I like reading challenges. :P

Happy New Year to you, too!

Belle: I thought of that myself when I started reading: what agent decided to pick up a MS in a strange language? They must have had good instinct; a lot of critics have praised it.

Interesting teaser!

Ali: LOL. Books have done that to me as well; give me Austen and I'll be speaking in longer sentences with fancier words and different grammar. :P

Shannon: Good to hear they did the movie well.

Deborah: My library copy doesn't have a glossary; sigh. But I'll probably figure it out . . .

Stuart: I love books that stay with you after you've read them; some are enjoyable while you're reading them, and others affect you then and afterwards, too.

I can't imagine creating a new language; a few words here and there, but not an entire vocabulary!

Carol: I like futuristic; one of the reasons I picked it up in the first place.

Paul: I think I read that somewhere, too. I forget where.


I've never read anything else by Burgess. I hadn't heard of him before I noticed A Clockwork Orange.

*goes to watch video*

. . . wow. Nor I--I'd panic and probably end up as a splat on that street.