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Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman Paperback – January 11, 2000
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One such "lesser religious" is a monk, Blacktooth St George. A resident at the monastery long dedicated to the memory of Isaac Leibowitz, nuclear scientist and martyr, Blacktooth harbours doubts about his calling. His roots are from the Plains people and their pagan heritage conflicts with the Roman Catholic Church's ideal of monotheism and self-sacrifice. Attempting to shed the burdensome vows, Blacktooth is conscripted to the service of a lawyer cardinal. Elia Brownpony, too, is a former Plainsman, but has risen quickly in the Church hierarchy due to diplomatic talents. Diplomacy usually involves conspiracy, and Brownpony must be adept at both for he is struggling to reunite the broken church. Theology isn't the basis of the schism, however. The expanding empire of Texark has challenged the Pope's power. Brownpony, wheeling and dealing, uses Blacktooth as a major instrument.
Politics are a lesser challenge to Blacktooth than the condition of his own spirit. Beset by visions and his glands alike, this mid-thirties adult is known as Nimmy, an appellation applied to young boys.Read more ›
I read A Canticle for Leibowitz in 1971, believe it or not, it was assigned reading in an English class. When I chanced upon Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman last year, I was thrilled to find it. What did I find? No, it's not up to A Canticle for Leibowitz in grace or content, but it is still an absorbing read. For those readers who can't take a little off-the-middle-of-the-road sexuality, and characterizations, relationships and plotting that makes them use the parts of their brains that TV and movies never awaken, I don't recommend it. For those who like to be enriched and challenged by what they read, try it. By all means, please read A Canticle for Leibowitz first, and then approach Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman not so much as a sequel but as a new story set in the same world, a possible future world that should chill you to the bone.
For starters, there's a lot happening in this book. The reader learns about the political, social, and economic atmosphere of the the lands traveled. There's a lot of history involved, and a lot of "current" events are discussed in detail.
There are at least five main cultures in the book, and different characters go by different names within different areas of the land. This isn't so bad, considering only a handful of characters have different nicknames, but some characters are called by each of their names on the same page.
The Wild Horse Woman plays a significant role in the book, however she doesn't show up a lot as a character. Instead, her presence is felt in many of the tribal religious/spiritual practices.
All in all, this book has a lot more depth to it than what you can usually find on the bookshelf. As a parallel novel, it's incredible. Just keep in mind, it isn't Canticle. If you want to read a book exactly like A Canticle for Leibowitz, read A Canticle for Leibowitz.
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This would be a very good book if it was not a sequel of the superb one. It is hard to read "The Wild Horse Woman" AFTER "The Canticle... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alexander Tsygankov
Miller's first novel, written after his conversion to Catholicism (Walter M. Miller, Jr.: A Reference Guide to His Fiction and His Life,) is more hopeful and optimistic. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brian Bowman
Read 'A Canticle for Leibowitz' first. Walter Miller presents an interesting expansion of the post-Flame Deluge world that he first gave us in that story. Read morePublished 5 months ago by cloudrider
I read Canticle at age 15 in 1961 and have read it twice a year ever since. The same is true of this book, which I purchased as soon as it came out (36 years later). Read morePublished 10 months ago by Gildas
It's not as good as it's predecessor, A Canticle for Leibowitz, but it's not a bad read, especially if you liked the first book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Chuck Fitzer
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Were this a movie it would carry a PG-13 rating. Having said that, it is interesting and well-written. Read morePublished on November 12, 2013 by Thomas N. Crocker