When Stanley Kubrick's film appeared the following year, it was a different story. Too young to see the film we returned to the book to see what the fuss was about. Again, not many of us persevered with the "Joyceanly queer" language to find the "good bits". Only later did I appreciate the moral paradox Anthony Burgess had carefully played out. Now, more than 20 years later, having never seen the film but understanding its imperfect relationship to the book, I no longer have any desire to see it - with or without Dutch subtitles!
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