The Wanting Seed

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1963 - Fiction - 285 pages
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"The Wanting Seed" is a Malthusian comedy about the strange world that overpopulation will produce. Tristram Foxe and his wife, Beatrice-Joanna, live in their skyscraper world of spacelessness where official family limitation glorifies homosexuality ("It's Sapiens to be Homo"). This time of the near future is eventually transformed into a chaos of cannibalistic dining-clubs, fantastic fertility rituals, and wars without enemies. "The Wanting Seed" is a novel both extravagantly funny and grimly serious.
 

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User Review  - blanderson - LibraryThing

Loved this book. Hilarious and energetic. Comes at you like a psychedelic rock song. I found the story pretty clever but really loved Burgess' sense of apocalypse, as if he transcribed images from ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jellyn - LibraryThing

I read this about a week or two ago, but it's already fading in my memory.I guess the basic premise is that the world is overpopulated, so you're limited to how many children you can have. But polite ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
8
Section 3
17
Section 4
27
Section 5
53
Section 6
57
Section 7
96
Section 8
109
Section 10
163
Section 11
173
Section 12
175
Section 13
217
Section 14
255
Section 15
269
Section 16
284
Copyright

Section 9
115

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About the author (1963)

Anthony Burgess was born in 1917 in Manchester, England. He studied language at Xaverian College and Manchester University. He had originally applied for a degree in music, but was unable to pass the entrance exams. Burgess considered himself a composer first, one who later turned to literature. Burgess' first novel, A Vision of Battlements (1964), was based on his experiences serving in the British Army. He is perhaps best known for his novel A Clockwork Orange, which was later made into a movie by Stanley Kubrick. In addition to publishing several works of fiction, Burgess also published literary criticism and a linguistics primer. Some of his other titles include The Pianoplayers, This Man and Music, Enderby, The Kingdom of the Wicked, and Little Wilson and Big God. Burgess was living in Monaco when he died in 1993.

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