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Wanting Seed
     

Wanting Seed

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by Anthony Burgess, Burgess
 

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ISBN-10: 0393315088

ISBN-13: 9780393315080

Pub. Date: 12/28/1996

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

Set in the near future,The Wanting Seedis 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

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Set in the near future,The Wanting Seedis 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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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:
541,135
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Wanting Seed 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Madam_Fynswyn More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.