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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

10 thoughts on “The Wanting Seed

  1. says:

    I honestly can t tell if this is a rubbish sci fi novel or brilliant Vogon poetry.

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    For the most part I like people, even though many of them suck I am also convinced that the world grows a bit stupid every day and that we slowly move away from any kind of social evolution Sure, there s plenty of technological innovation, and dentistry is a far better experience today, but people don t seem to be improving.We still love screwing each other over, arguing about false issues, and murdering each other Infrastructures are straining under corruption, graft, and greed Congress is highly polarized and our representatives do little beyond hooking their friends up and padding the checking account.The worst part of it all is that stupid people just keep breeding.Anthony Burgess, perhaps best known for A Clockwork Orange most likely you ve seen the Kubrick film had this book published in the same year 1962 , and it fits nicely along other literary dystopic works such as 1984, Brave New World, and Anthem However, as much as I loved it, it s probably not in the same weight class The Wanting Seed begins in a world that is vastly overpopulated, and extreme measures have been institutionalized to handle it People live in tiny box apartments, homosexuality is the social norm and it s policed , and everyone eats a protein mush as there just aren t enough damn cows in the world to handle the load As you wrap your head around this world seems like it would be easier to just castrate people instead of implemented totalitarian fabulousness , Burgess throws a curve ball and suddenly society collapses.Yep, you re just reading along, dum dum dum dum dum, and hey, the world s ending.The citizens of the world respond to their overcrowding and repression by engaging in mass cannibalism, groovy sex parties, and general mayhem No, this isn t a spoiler alert, it s on the damn back of the book, so no comments please Then, as you would imagine, things level out a bit.There s this brainy back story to the book, that Burgess is essentially commenting on the cyclical nature of human history which you ll also find in A Clockwork Orange and I m sure in his other books as well In short, people suck, they have always sucked, and they will continue to suck So, why not read a good book and forget about it for a while

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    Anthony Burgess is probably best known at least among Americans for his novel A Clockwork Orange Like A Clockwork Orange, The Wanting Seed takes place in a near future society that is in the first stages of decline This book is hilarious and contains such things as reprocessing dead humans, promoting homosexual behavior as a way of population control, famine, and fake wars for the benefit of humanity as a whole These things may not sound funny, but Burgess s language skills shine here, and offer great commentary on the danger of becoming obsessed with our survival while we forget why we want to survive in the first place There are many twists and turns in the book, and it should be read for the ending alone I ll give a hint it has something to do with perpetual war.

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    If you enjoy lackluster writing, prejudices from 30 years ago, unrelatable characters, and inexplicable plot twists, then this is the novel for you If these things annoy you as much as they annoy me, then this is probably not worth reading.Honestly, the most amusing part of the novel was completely unintentional, because things we take for granted in modern society Biracial people Gays Non conformity to gender norms VEGETARIANS are the crux of what makes this future world a dystopia It reminded me of a late written Agatha Christie novel, where the writer s bitterness and disapproval of the way society is swinging is palpable Except instead of having interesting plot keeping you involved, all you have in The Wanting Seed is Tristam and Beatrice Joanna, wandering around being dull and confusing Now he hates her Now he s crazy Now she s giving birth in an outhouse NOW HE LOVES HER AND FORGIVES HER I finished this book mostly because Burgess terror at what is completely normal now was mildly amusing.

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    I love this book I haven t read Clockwork Orange, but I have read many of Anthony Burgess other books and this is by far my favorite The story is set in an extremely overpopulated future Fascinating plot, intriguing ideas, plenty of social commentary and Burgess signature use of made up words Starts a little slow as most of his books do but once you get into it you won t be able to put it down Definitely leaves you thinking when you finish it.

  6. says:

    The Wanting Seed doesn t beat

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    What a peculiar novel Anthony Burgess certainly has a marvellously wicked mind to come up with premises such as this and that in A Clockwork Orange It tells the story of how society crumbles around the main characters, Tristam Foxe and Beatrice Joanna, as overpopulation drives it into anarchical behaviour, cannibalism and chaotic orgies in revolt of the Malthusian world and the government s strict anti natal policies I originally wanted to read this book after seeing it referenced in a review paper on Calhoun s rodents, which investigated the effect of overpopulation on the psychology and behaviour of rats in a utopian environment The idea behind it interested me greatly and I was eager to see Burgess interpretation.What I didn t expect was the idea of this dystopia being a rather attractive society to live in one where homosexuality is not only legal but promoted and religion is absent The entire narrative is laced with repugnant prejudices, which was to be expected from a novel written in the 1960s however it was laughable to me that something which seemed to be viewed as a terrifying future in this book is rightfully accepted today I eventually learned to just grit my teeth and bear it, although it originally made it hard to sympathise with any of the characters Beware those who are easily offended, there is some especially incendiary stuff in here.Burgess vocabulary is astonishing, and his writing style is engrossing I learned many words which I have never heard or seen before, words which I struggled to even find definitions for in standard dictionaries However, this did get a bit difficult at times, and his constant referral to the cycle of society , from Pelphase to interphase to Gusphase, was slightly confusing Despite this, the writing was wondrous and a pleasure to read.What I do see missing is how this book was comedic I didn t find myself laughing all that much, contrary to the quote on the cover which says it is fantastically funny Maybe I just don t connect with that level of humour Overall, a pretty decent read If you can get past the abominable homophobia and other offensive language and ideologies and concentrate on the intriguing and thrilling storyline, it would be well worth it.

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    I am a sucker for a good 1984 esque book Also, I adore Burgess and all his linguistic talents I loved his idea of cyclical history, one that is at least somewhat comforting in the midst of current economic crises This is a must read for any Burgess fan.

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    Orwell meet Burgess, Burgess meet Orwell Do I say it The Wanting Seed is an Orwellian imagining of a future wherein the earth is so taxed by overpopulation that homosexuality is encouraged and is necessary to achieve promotion in society Food is rationed, families may have only one child, if any, media is controlled All of this negation of fecundity is creating a backlash crops are failing, animals are dying Soon jackbooted thugs are patrolling the streets People are drafted into a military that is out of practice and at war with no one But the killing fields are there One woman is about to sneak off to the country and have a child by her lover When she does, Dionysus returns and with him is ecstasy, cannibalism, debauchery and ultimately balance.

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    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 Bosch s Garden of Earthly Delights I loved Tristram s trek thru degenerating England, the slow sprawl of history, moving from extreme police states on opposite poles of the structure.Yes, the love story was clumsy, but t served the purpose of showing this world s dichotomy and hypocrisy, his wife leaving him for a fake gay man, being cursed in either worlds for asking questions and being against the establishment no matter who is in charge The final payoff of the book wasn t as great as the sum of its parts An amazing hallucinatory romp through what could be called social commentary, the main purpose of The Wanting Seed is to examine the ebb and flow of political life, how the world seems to veer from one set of rules, of justifications, to the next The plot is nothing special, but Burgess creates such a skewed and hilarious world of cannibalistic spiritualism, forced sexuality, contrived war that the novel s other flaws are only minor stumbling blocks He achieves this satire by having his world try to re create the doings of the past most hilariously by staging wars to create jobs and keep the population in check.But where the novel really succeeds is representing how each authoritarian figure in the novel grasps almost mindlessly at the next perfect doctrine for controlling the world, be it a general whose only understanding of war is through old movies and the War Poets a man of many famous first lines or Tristram s brother, who callously jumps onto each new moral ideal, going from a leader in the INFERTILITY POLICE, needing to hide his illegitimate children in fear of being arrested, to a higher up in the FERTILITY POLICE, now using those same bastard children as a method of advancing his career.A wondrous, but flawed, novel You truly get a sense of this sprawling world, and the journey chapters are very effective Think A Modest Proposal on bad Acid.