I was interested to discover that Anthony Burgess was also a linguist. The Latin, Russian and rhyming slang mixture used to create the Nadsat register was great. Bad things happen, but when you read about them from such a playful narrator and in such a fun dialect, it takes the edge off. It's so surreal, you don't take it seriously - even if serious things are happening and serious points are being made. The book manages to make some heavy points without weighing down the whole world.