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A Canticle for Leibowitz Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1984

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“Extraordinary ... chillingly effective.”— Time

“Angry, eloquent ... a terrific story.”
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“An extraordinary novel ... Prodigiously imaginative, richly comic, terrifyingly grim, profound both intellectually and morally, and, above all ... simply such a memorable story as to stay with the reader for years.”
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Down the long centuries after the Flame Deluge scoured the earth clean, the monks of the order of St. Leibovitz the Engineer kept alive the ancient knowledge. In their monastery in the Utah desert, they preserved the precious relics of their founder: the blessed blueprint, the sacred shopping list and the holy shrine of fallout shelter.

Watched over by an immortal wanderer, they witnessed humanity's rebirth from ashes, and saw reenacted the eternal drama of the struggle between light and darkness, life and death.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Spectra; . edition (June 1, 1984)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0553273817
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0553273816
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 1000L
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 6.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 4.15 x 0.94 x 6.83 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody Is Wrong: A Canticle For Leibowitz
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Everybody (or a whole lot of strangers on social media, which is nearly the same thing) told me that A Canticle For Leibowitz is one of the greatest of all science fiction novels. Those same everybodies told me that Walter M. Miller Jr.’s 1959 novel pretty much set the standard for everything to come in the genre.
Everybody was wrong.
It is not one of the greatest; it is the greatest. A Canticle is everything you could ever want in a science fiction novel, and more. It greatly exceeded the high expectations I had before reading it.
When I say it has everything, that means everything; a bit of sociological sci fi, post-apocalyptic, apocalyptic, steampunk, alternate history, space opera, lost worlds, and a talking kitchen sink (that is only a slight exaggeration). There are battles, harrowing moments, philosophical discussions, and space flights. Miller’s imagination was large enough to encompass all of this, and his abilities as a writer allowed him to put it all into a compelling story that keeps you turning the pages.
Rather than providing us with an overview of the entire universe he possessed in his mind, Miller allows us to view it from a tiny perspective, through little conjoined stories, through glimpses into the lives of people as they experience the world around them. Their bewilderment connects to our own; the ways in which his characters are grasping in the dark allows us to identify with them. Miller develops his characters through actions.
There is a quiet humor here, a belief in the ability of humanity to preserve something worth keeping despite a tendency to self-destruct, and a streak of stubborn independence from the mainstream beliefs of his day that allows this story to become both timeless and exactly what we need to be reading at this moment in time. It is little wonder that Miller never wrote another novel that achieved this kind of success. At 338 pages, he had produced a masterpiece. His later works were derivative of this one. When you have said it all there isn’t anything left to say.
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