A Canticle for Leibowitz

A Canticle for Leibowitz

A Novel

Book - 1960 1959
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Publisher: Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1960 [c1959]
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: YA PB Mil

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dennismmiller
Jul 12, 2017

St Isaac Leibowitz was one of the scientists who made Armageddon possible, and hoped that it would never become actual. When human folly unleashed unimaginable destruction, he took shelter from the aftermath in a secluded monastery, emerging to found a religious order dedicated to preserving whatever could be preserved. Down through the centuries, the spiritual sons of Leibowitz dare to defy both bloodthirsty simpletons and amoral sophisticates, barbarians who believe that by erasing history they can prevent it from recurring and barbarians who believe that their command of science makes history irrelevant.

A Canticle for Leibowitz is an adaptation and expansion of a series of short stories following the history of the Albertian Order of Leibowitz in the millennia following a devastating nuclear war. One of the classics of science fiction, the heavy use of irony conceals one of the most compassionate and genuinely humane novels of the twentieth century.

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rhys33
Dec 05, 2016

It's post-apocalyptic sci-fi, it's historical fiction, it's literary fiction, and it's all around fantastic. I put this book up there with Mary Doria Russell's The sparrow in terms how much I enjoyed it. Interestingly, I see that Russell also wrote a forward for this book. Highly recommend!

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mrsjane_1
Sep 13, 2016

A very well written spiritual science-fiction novel. This novel is very thought provoking and is relatable to everyone living today.

The author in this novel gives us a thorough view of monasticism and he goes to the core of original Christian beliefs. All of the characters in this novel, are completely realistic and very well presented.

He also goes into depth about the conflicts between those who want religious learning and those who prefer the horrors of secular education.

To those who want to have a realistic view of society, I highly recommend this book!

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TeresaWBrown
Jul 27, 2016

Interesting exploration of world destruction, religion in a secular world and how little we learn from history.

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susan_findlay
Jul 17, 2016

Bleak and barbaric. While the setting is the future, the world presented more closely resembles a prehistoric one than a futuristic one. For that reason, it doesn't particularly read like science fiction.
The book is divided into three sections, each set in a different century after a nuclear war had destroyed much of civilization, and the hatred of knowledge felt by the remaining humans had destroyed much of the rest (blaming the nuclear war on science/technology/knowledge rather than on human weakness - though the humans perceived as responsible had been slaughtered while the books burned).
As the first section of the book begins, the only place that has attempted to preserve knowledge is the church. The hero of this section is a monk who accidentally stumbles across a fallout shelter which still contains some pre-war papers.
The other two sections also follow monks at the same monastery - though the third section is jarringly different from the first two (which are excellent). It's necessary to fully communicate the author's overall message, but it's a very awkward transition.
I would hate to have to live in the world portrayed in this book, but most of the characters are compelling and the scenario is not entirely unbelievable.

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JackPurcell
Jun 27, 2016

An excellent read .... and if you love it you'll probably wish to chase down the sequel released in the later years, Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman.

saharri1 Mar 23, 2016

Epic post-apocalyptice novel that contemplates the nature of guilt, fatalism, and cyclic history.

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 26, 2015

Walter M. Miller Jr. eloquently dissects the nature of mankind in a moving manner that is also surprisingly funny.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/canticle_for_leibowitz_miller

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klmlilgirl
Jul 01, 2014

I normally do not read sci-fi books (not my type at all!) but I randomly picked this book up at the library and I really love it! Its qutie different and I like the slow progression in the chapters. I highly recommend this

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phartshorn
May 05, 2014

A brilliant and timeless novel. I originally read it on the recommendation of my father when I was teen. I was reluctant (of course!) initially, but found myself drawn deeply into it. I have reread it as an adult and found myself even more impressed. Now I am looking forward to being able to recommend this one to my own son with the incumbent pleasure that my own father must have experienced. A classic that must not be missed.

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