Books: A Deadly Round

THE WANTING SEED by Anthony Burgess. 285 pages. Norton. $3.95.

Anthony Burgess is a fantasist who has bad dreams. The Clockwork Orange (TIME, Feb. 15) concerned a police state so extreme that a teen-age rapist who talks in half-human gibberish be comes a symbol of heroic rebellion. The Wanting Seed is far less disastrous, but in its penny-plain style, it is a portrait of an anti-utopia that can be ranked with those of Orwell and Huxley.

Burgess postulates an earth of perhaps two or three hundred years in the future. Overpopulation is the all...

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