Wanting Seed

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Overview

Set in the near future, The Wanting Seed is a Malthusian comedy about the strange world overpopulation will produce.
Tristram Foxe and his wife, Beatrice-Joanna, live in their skyscraper world where official family limitation glorifies homosexuality. Eventually, their world is transformed into a chaos of cannibalistic dining-clubs, fantastic fertility rituals, and wars without anger. It is a novel both ...
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Overview

Set in the near future, The Wanting Seed is a Malthusian comedy about the strange world overpopulation will produce.
Tristram Foxe and his wife, Beatrice-Joanna, live in their skyscraper world where official family limitation glorifies homosexuality. Eventually, their world is transformed into a chaos of cannibalistic dining-clubs, fantastic fertility rituals, and wars without anger. It is a novel both extravagantly funny and grimly serious.
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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement [London]
“Wildly and fantastically funny. . . . Here too is all the usual rich exuberance of Mr. Burgesss vocabulary, his love of quotations and literary allusions. . . . A remarkable and brilliantly imagined novel, vital and inventive.”
Time Magazines Literary Supplement [London]
“Wildly and fantastically funny. . . . Here too is all the usual rich exuberance of Mr. Burgesss vocabulary, his love of quotations and literary allusions. . . . A remarkable and brilliantly imagined novel, vital and inventive.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393315080
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Series: Norton Paperback Fiction Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 285
  • Sales rank: 210,798
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Burgess (1917–1993) is the author of many works, including A Clockwork Orange, The Wanting Seed, Nothing Like the Sun, Honey for the Bears, The Long Day Wanes, The Doctor Is Sick, and ReJoyce.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2004

    The Ultimate Certainty

    What a great story about the way that the human race may be headed. With increased acceptance of alternative lifestyles these days, The Wanting Seed depicts a very real world in which society has reached it's physical limitation of supporting humans and has not only accepted homosexuality, but encourages it. To move up in life you must support the decrease in the human population, and what better way than to enjoy relationships of the same sex where there is no possibility of reproduction. Now what happens when government and society loses control of the population? That's what this story is about. With no means of getting food or the other 'necessities' of life, humankind turns on itself for survival and the worst depths of the human soul are exposed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2006

    Great Read

    If you enjoyed Clockwork Orange, 1984, Brave New World, etc, then you'll enjoy this book. It takes a different angle in that the catalyst is overpopulation, and what results coupled with the human need to rule could lead to.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2003

    amazing read

    i bought this book out on a limb, having loved burgess's 'clockwork orange'. his writing technique paints a vivid picture in your mind of a gruesome and horrible world in which drastic measures are taken to reduce population and punish those who break the law. an amazing read for anyone who is willing to open their mind to a unique style of writing and vivid and detailing language.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2009

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    so disappointing!

    It took forever to read this! It seemed to me to be a work of word porn.
    Some reviewers called it a delight, I call it torture. I only finished it because I always finish each book I start.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2006

    It's no Clockwork Orange but it's pretty damn good

    I read The Wanting Seed out of a suggestion from a friend. I really did love it although I kind of lost interest towards the end. It was a book I easily put down but enjoyed none the less. Clockwork Orange fans might be a bit dissapointed, the style isn't as unique as his other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2004

    it took a while to grasp it.

    it was all in all a fairly good read. however it can not be compared to a Clockwork Orange. Burgess seems to have a grasp on the dismal future that may lay ahead of the unsuspecting. a wife to you and a lover to your brother, famine and the desire to be free from the bonds of liberalism. forced measures taken because it has to be done. not bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2001

    Dark, humorous, ironic, insightful, intelligent¿ all you've come to expect from Burgess.

    This novel is an insightful and darkly humorous/ironic commentary on a futuristic world where population growth is discouraged. Multi-child families are frowned upon and expectant mothers are exiled. Starving people turn to canabalism as their only means of survival. Men and women alike are tricked into enlisting in the army only to participate in fraudulent 'wars' that are staged as a means of population control. Altoghther, another Burgess masterpiece.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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