A Playful Parody About Gender Politics by the Writer of “A Clockwork Orange”
“Ocean’s dying, plankton’s dying…it’s people. Soylent green is made out of people!”
If you’ve watched 1973 Charlton Heston classic film Soylent Green, the reveal in Anthony Burgess’ The Wanting Seed won’t be a surprise, but I guarantee the book is shocking in many other ways. You wouldn’t expect anything less from the author who penned A Clockwork Orange.
Imagine a world where homosexuality was the preferred sexual orientation by the state as a measure against overpopulation. Imagine politicians dandified in the hopes a gay image might help advance their career. History moves in cycles of morality wherein the state vacillates between believing people to either be saints or animals.
But one thing that can’t be suppressed is life itself. Whether good, evil, homo or heterosexual, eating from cans or being cannibals, people live on. The Wanting Seed proves we are merely seeds wanting to be scattered.