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November 25, 2004

Nadsat

This Nadsat dictionary should come in handy if my TBS swearing-substitution plan does not work out.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 25, 2004 09:02 AM

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Nadsat is addictive. A friend and I ended up practically talking Nadsat to each other for about two weeks after reading it at the same time: "that chellovek has keeshkas!" "viddy that horrorshow devotchka, droogie!" "Oh My Brother, who cares about all that cal?"

I think the reason is that Burgess's book has a sort of hallucinogenic quality that draws you into its world. The only other book that had that for me was Orwell's 1984. I read that over one snow day many years ago in high school...I still remember feeling for the first time, what utter despair and desolation felt like.

Posted by: Demetrius at November 25, 2004 09:40 AM