A Canticle for Leibowitz

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Bantam Books, 1961 - Fiction - 338 pages
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In celebration of the publication of the sequel Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman comes this special edition of the classic A Canticle for Leibowitz, a novel that transcends genre to stand as one of the most significant literary works of our time.

In the Utah desert, Brother Francis of the Albertian Order of Leibowitz has made a miraculous discovery: the relics of the martyr Isaac Leibowitz himself, including the blessed blueprint and the sacred shopping list.  They may provide a bright ray of hope in a terrifying age of darkness, a time of ignorance and genetic monsters that are the unholy aftermath of the Flame Deluge.  But as the spellbinding mystery at the core of this extraordinary novel unfolds, it is the search itself--for meaning, for truth, for love--that offers hope to a humanity teetering on the edge of an abyss.

A timeless and still timely masterpiece, A Canticle for Leibowitz is a classic that ranks with Brave New World and 1984.

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Quite simply a masterpiece of sci-fi. Still makes us ask what is important that needs to be carried on when we start to reawaken after a holocaust. Will we always have to keep making the same mistakes over and over again? Read full review

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User Review  - gregorybrown - LibraryThing

I can see why so many people praised this; it's neither science-fiction nor apocalyptic parable. The ending was both expected and unexpected, chiding our inevitable fate while offering the hope of renewal and redemption. Read full review

Contents

PART II
15
Fiat Lux
123
PART III
137
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Walter M. Miller, Jr. grew up in the American South and enlisted in the Army Air Corps a month after Pearl Harbor. He spent most of World War II as a radio operator and tail gunner, participating in more than fifty-five combat sorties, among them the controversial destruction of the Benedictine abbey at Monte Cassino, the oldest monastery in the Western world. Fifteen years later he wrote A Canticle for Leibowitz. The sequel, Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman, followed after nearly forty years.

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