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A Canticle for Leibowitz

A book by Walter M. Miller Jr.

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  • Feb 21, 2011
Deservedly, one of the touchstone books in the genre.
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review by . September 12, 2010
A fascinating book, A Canticle for Leibowitz is both a rich treasure of fine writing and a difficult assignment: in many ways, as a conventional novel, and even as a science fiction one, it fails on many levels.     But isn't that the case for many great works of literature (and almost all good science fiction): the real stuff eschews formula, defies convention, evades compartmentalisation - it succeeds despite itself. And so, Walter Miller's great novel is uneven, ignores conventions …
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Walter M. Miller's acclaimed SF classicA Canticle for Leibowitzopens with the accidental excavation of a holy artifact: a creased, brittle memo scrawled by the hand of the blessed Saint Leibowitz, that reads: "Pound pastrami, can kraut, six bagels--bring home for Emma." To the Brothers of Saint Leibowitz, this sacred shopping list penned by an obscure, 20th-century engineer is a symbol of hope from the distant past, from before the Simplification, the fiery atomic holocaust that plunged the earth into darkness and ignorance. As1984cautioned against Stalinism, so 1959'sA Canticle for Leibowitzwarns of the threat and implications of nuclear annihilation. Following a cloister of monks in their Utah abbey over some six or seven hundred years, the funny but bleakCanticletackles the sociological and religious implications of the cyclical rise and fall of civilization, questioning whether humanity can hope for more than repeating its own history. Divided into three sections--Fiat Homo(Let There Be Man),Fiat Lux(Let There Be Light), andFiat Voluntas Tua(Thy Will Be Done)--Canticleis steeped in Catholicism and Latin, exploring the fascinating, seemingly capricious process of how and why a person is canonized.--Paul Hughes--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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ISBN-10: 0060892994
ISBN-13: 978-0060892999
Author: Walter M. Miller Jr.
Publisher: Eos

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