A Canticle For Leibowitz by Walter M. MillerA Canticle For Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller

A Canticle For Leibowitz

byWalter M. Miller

Paperback | May 9, 2006

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Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller, Jr.'s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of twentieth-century literature -- a chilling and still-provocative look at a post-apocalyptic future.

In a nightmarish ruined world slowly awakening to the light after sleeping in darkness, the infant rediscoveries of science are secretly nourished by cloistered monks dedicated to the study and preservation of the relics and writings of the blessed Saint Isaac Leibowitz. From here the story spans centuries of ignorance, violence, and barbarism, viewing through a sharp, satirical eye the relentless progression of a human race damned by its inherent humanness to recelebrate its grand foibles and repeat its grievous mistakes. Seriously funny, stunning, and tragic, eternally fresh, imaginative, and altogether remarkable, A Canticle for Leibowitz retains its ability to enthrall and amaze. It is now, as it always has been, a masterpiece.

Title:A Canticle For LeibowitzFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.75 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.31 × 0.75 inPublished:May 9, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060892994

ISBN - 13:9780060892999

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Compelling but Confusing So I found this book to be a compelling read and it was interesting enough to keep my attention. However, I found that I was just skimming certain parts due to the religious text and the latin dialect. I think a large portion of this book just flew over my head and I didn't quite get to the deeper meaning of it. I did find it an interesting read though and I'm sure many others would appreciate more than I.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Confusing Some interesting aspects, but I found this book, like many other classic sci-fi tales, to be perplexing to the point of irritation.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dry Wit, without the hangover--It's a good book Every so often, a student will give me a book, press it into my hands, and tell me I HAVE to read it. These books are rarely new. They are often so dog-eared that I am afraid to take them, lest the binding dissolves in my fingers. I read every one of these. At first, out of a sense of moral obligation, but later, with a sense of joy because my students are unerringly good at choosing great books. This was one of those books. Yes, it is post-apocalyptic sci-fi, but don't let that stop you. it is darkly ironic, and a joy to read. It's no Game of Thrones, and if you are after an action packed fantasy with brooding protagonists and steamy sex, you won't be thrilled with this book. But if you like a book to be well written and witty, with a touch of satirical sauce, you will love this. It might even leave you with something to think about. Read it!
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Post-apocalyptic Follows the brothers of an abbey through hundreds of years following a nuclear apocalypse. The abbey being devoted to the protection of scientific knowledge. The book hits three notable points on the post-apocalypse timeline (seen through the eyes of the abbey): discovery of an important artifact, development of basic technology, and a new technical revolution that surpasses pre-apocalypse tech. I found the two most interesting aspects of the book to be the struggle of science vs religion (most clearly shown in part 3 of the book but it is an underlying theme of the book) and how to re-introduce tech back into the world (central to the plot of part 2 of the book). While there are amusing characters throughout the surprisingly funny book, the structure of the book means that we don't get much time to get to know them. But each part of the book have characters that react to the story in funny, realistic and satisfying ways. I felt that the abbey was an inviting setting for the novel, amidst the obviously depressing reality of a nuclear apocalypse. Unfortunately, the author only came back to this world late in life because I believe there are definitely areas of the story that only hinted on in the book (perhaps a limitation of focusing solely on the abbey) and probably could form the basis of their own works.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Sci-fi Normally I don't get into science fiction, but Miller is such a compelling writer, and so inventive that this book is just a pleasure to read. It should be mandatory reading for any history students, and for those who enjoy post-apocalyptic stories. It's a great middle ground between series like the Hunger Games and Atwood's dystopian series (Oryx and Crake).
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning! One of the best of fiction, the story is simple and smart..... It is angry at times, and always fun and the resonance of it is astounding, a must read. The new cover design and paper quality is excellent!
Date published: 2006-05-31