After seeing the film some 10 years ago I spotted this book and decided to give it a try with no real idea of how closely it mirrored the screen version.
Once a few pages in it becomes clear that Kubrick - while remaining close to the book - has put his own distinct mark on the piece which is of course part of what made the film great, although this does not mean that the book is in anyway inferior, quite the opposite in fact.
Firstly there is the new language to contend with; Burgess' utter genius in creating this new slang or 'Nadsat' as it is known, used by the youth of the day and their 'droogs' is incredible and although it may at first seem confusing, after a few pages of the book you begin to understand exactly what is being said by the narrator - Alex - and the other characters.
As we start by following Alex and his droogs as they go on 'ultra-violence' rampages, we see Burgess' vision of this other world which to his credit is not so dissimilar to the present day now.
One thing that particularly struck me was that even though the book is quite short - around 150 pages - it appears that you have read an incredibly indepth and detailed novel, but in the best way possible - at no times does the book seem to drag.
With deep meanings regarding society, violence, acceptance and life itself running through every page, Burgess has created a masterpiece that will seem as relevant as it does today in many years to come.
The only negative thing I can say is that I wish that i could have read it before seeing the film, as - in my opinion - it is much better.