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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Angry, eloquent...a terrific story. New York TIMES Prodigiously imaginative, richly comic, terrifyingly grim. CHICAGO Tribune --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
One of the great all time classics. Just discovered that one of my sons had never read it, so I purchased it as a gift for him.Published 4 days ago by Pondnut
At times cynical and hopeful, serious and humorous, this depiction of the apocalypse and the cyclical nature of mankind's future is a must read for all fans of thoughtful Science... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Andres F.
Absolutely fantastic novel. It easily cracks my top ten. No wonder this novel has never been out of print.Published 16 days ago by Cory Lanham
Amazing and seemingly forgotton great science fiction book among the younger generations.Published 28 days ago by Eli J.
This review originally published in <a href="http://www.lookingforagoodbook.com">Looking For a Good Book</a>. Rated 2. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
After over 50 years, still the best post apocalypse story I have ever read. The step by step recovery of civilization after a nuclear holocaust only to destroy themselves again is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael E. Farrell
A CANTICLE FOR LEIBOWITZ is a classic vision of a post-apocalyptic world in which the lacunary remains of our dead culture's knowledge have been piously hoarded and conserved by... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Terence Blake