A Canticle for Leibowitz

A Canticle for Leibowitz

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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's A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of twentieth-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.In a nightmarish, ruined world, slowly awakening to the light after sleeping in darkness, the infantile 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, 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.

Publisher: New York :, Harper & Row
Copyright Date: ©1986
ISBN: 9781455120260
Characteristics: 1 online resource :,digital.
audio file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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librarylizzard Jul 20, 2015

As a lover of apocalypse/dystopia I was compelled to read this classic. However, I found it hard to stay interested and focused on the storyline. The overarching theme of humanity's destruction by its own hands, and the far-flung future struggle to understand the artifacts left behind, was interesting in itself, but overall it was not crafted in an intriguing way that spurred me to keep reading. I would not recommend reading it for anything other than to get some perspective on what was once a classic of SF.

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joshualatos
Jan 07, 2015

It was edifying, overall, but this is not a cohesive tale with a resolution. Instead, this is more of a concept piece, which is told in 3 acts, each act being a couple hundred years after the last, giving you a sense of the arch of humanity over a vast period of time. This is a classic of the science fiction genre, so I wanted to read it more for the sake of being educated in the genre, which is exactly how I feel, having now read it.

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