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Walter M. Miller's acclaimed SF classic A Canticle for Leibowitz opens 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. As 1984 cautioned against Stalinism, so 1959's A Canticle for Leibowitz warns 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 bleak Canticle tackles 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), and Fiat Voluntas Tua (Thy Will Be Done)--Canticle is 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 the Paperback edition.
“Extraordinary ... chillingly effective.”— Time
“Angry, eloquent ... a terrific story.”— The New York Times
“An extraordinary novel ... Prodigiously imaginative, richly comic, terrifyingly grim, profound both intellectually and morally, and, above all ... simply such a memorable story as to stay with the reader for years.”— Chicago Tribune
“An exciting and imaginative story ... Unconditionally recommended.”— Library Journal
From the Trade Paperback edition.
I read this book for a class. It quickly became one of my favourite books of all time. If you're a fan of post-apocalyptic stories, then this is the book for you. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Robin
This is an absolute must read for any lover of just not sci-fi but fiction in general. It is absolutely fantastic. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Pierre MacKay
I found this novel to be one of the worst things I have ever read. Reading it was laborious, meaningless and a complete waste of my time. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Larry Eldreth
The book deserves this rating for its ability to meet expectations. I enjoyed its setting and plot. I reccomendd it to readers of books like The Chrysalids. Read morePublished 18 months ago by David Brown
A classic for a reason.
I don't know what else to say beyond that. If you have any interest in the genres of apocalyptic stories, the future or humankind, the... Read more
This novel is timeless! Whether we are examining the supposed eras of recovery from nuclear holocaust, the reformation of oppressive armed combatants, the redeployment of nuclear... Read morePublished on June 18 2011 by Ronald W. Maron
Unlike much work in this genre, this book does not focus on the violence and danger of a post-apocalyptic world (although that certainly is present) but on the thoughts and... Read morePublished on Dec 3 2008 by Ryan B. Ward
I read this one for the first time a few years ago. I've read it a couple times since. It's thought provoking and original. Read morePublished on June 24 2007 by J. Niskanen
Well, amazing. So many novels in this general genre completely discount the power, much less the existence, of faith and ritual in human culture, or else they deride it. Read morePublished on June 8 2004 by katla