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A Canticle for Leibowitz

Miller, Walter M. (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Canticle for Leibowitz


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"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"--Provided by publisher.
Authors: Miller, Walter M., 1923-1996
Title: A canticle for Leibowitz
Publisher: New York :, Eos,, 2006
Edition: 1st Eos pbk. ed
Characteristics: xiii, 334 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Walter M. Miller, Jr. ; [with a new introduction by Mary Doria Russell]
Notes: "This book was originally published in 1959 by Lippincott and in trade paperback editions in 1961 and 1997 by Bantam, and in 1986 by Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers"--T.p. verso
Contents: pt. 1. Fiat homo
pt. 2. Fiat lux
pt. 3. Fia voluntas tua
Summary: "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"--Provided by publisher.
Additional Contributors: Russell, Mary Doria - 1950-
ISBN: 9780060892999
0060892994
Branch Call Number: SF MILLER 2006
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Report This Mar 11, 2013
  • danomcd rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I heard so much about this book that I had pretty high expectations. Instead it really seemed to not go anywhere for large parts of the chapters.

Report This Jan 19, 2013
  • EJSawyer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I read this book in high school (longer ago than I like to admit), and it blew me away. Very thought-provoking, but grounded in authentic characters and speculative (but realistic) situations. With all due respect to Lemony Snicket, if you're looking for a book that will encourage you and lighten your heart, "A Canticle for Leibowitz" is *not* the book for you. If you're feeling glum or depressed, avoid this book. If, however, you're looking for a book that will make you think, that will challenge your preconceived notions, this might be the book for you.

Report This Jan 19, 2013
  • jgwening rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great post apocolyptic novel! Would have rated higher except for the parts I couldn't follow and the latin. Definitely a little scary for if the mind can think it then it can happen. The writing is classic and worthy.

Report This Feb 24, 2012
  • nyplteacher rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I don't particularly like sci-fi, but I loved this book! The author brings up meaty themes in every section of the book, and while the book was written long before e-books, it does bring up the thought of what will happen to hardcopy books as we move more and more into the virtual world. Will anyone save the paper books, will they be needed in the future? As an older sci-fi book, it remains fresh. For what it's worth, the second third of the book was my favorite section.

Report This Mar 28, 2011
  • kwsmith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"A Canticle for Leibowitz" is a classic cold-war era science fiction novel set in post-apocolyptic America. Despite its ever-present tongue-in-cheek humour, this profoundly philosophical novel is full of subtle symbolism and hidden meaning. For example, Miller introduces the concept of "cyclic history" using the three stages of his novel as an allegory of Western history. Throughout the book, Miller examines the role of religious institutions in society and asks us to decide if humans are fundamentally evil or if can we evolve.

Report This Mar 24, 2011
  • nardo_polo rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This definitely ranks on my top 10 books ever. I loved how the author could weave such an intricate story in only three periods of time. I also loved how it all plays together in the end, and how it makes you think. Although a lot of Latin and a little Hebrew is used in the story, it isn't really integral (although it would help understanding) to the story. Great book.

Report This Jan 17, 2011
  • Tfroh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the most unique sci-fi books i've read in a long time. Its blending of religion with a post-apocalyptic vision of the future is truly fascinating. Easily one of the best works to come out of the initial growth of science fiction during the Cold War.

Report This Jan 04, 2011
  • briandureault rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the best books I have read in awhile! If you know Latin or Hebrew you might even get a little more out of it. I suggest reading and having Google ready for translation.

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