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A Canticle for Leibowitz

Miller, Walter M., 1923-1996. Book - 1959 Science Fiction / Miller, Walter, Adult Book / Fiction / Science Fiction / General / Miller, Walter M 1 On Shelf 2 requests on 3 copies Community Rating: 4.4 out of 5

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Reprint of the ed. published by Lippincott, Philadelphia.


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Pleasantly Surprised submitted by bradyemmett on June 20, 2011, 11:01am I selected this book for our Speculative Fiction book club, having not read it beforehand. I am so glad that I did. The story was interesting and thought provoking at the same time. It was humorous in all the right ways and just as depressing in a post apocalyptic way too.

This goes on my list of favorite books for the year!

Cyclical History and the Importance of Archives submitted by Meginator on June 20, 2019, 10:13pm This is quite possibly the thematically deepest book I have ever encountered, and I highly recommend reading it with a partner or a group as it makes for a fantastic (and potentially endless) source of spirited intellectual discussion and debate. Miller uses religious devotion in the wake of nuclear devastation (an unlikely combination, yes, but it totally works) as a lens through which to examine the cyclical nature of history and the ways in which knowledge persists and changes between generations. Though deeply philosophical, the book has just enough plot intrigue to keep the reader moving along, and it rewards deep introspection even as it entertains.

Moreover, the book is strikingly relevant today despite its age, with its ruminations on everything from the imminent threat of complete annihilation to the effects of the widespread dissemination of knowledge to the impact of religious dogma on legal policy. It does make for pretty heavy reading, dense with occasionally untranslated Latin and Hebrew (to say nothing of a multitude of Biblical references), yet it proceeds at a good pace and offers just enough dramatic tension in each of its three segments to carry the reader along. Altogether, the novel is a richly rewarding reading experience, one to be savored and shared, though not for the faint of heart.

History Meets Science submitted by derantho on July 13, 2019, 7:10pm If you're a lover of both futuristic dystopian novels and history then this novel will be right up your alley. Divided up into three different epochs, the story covers roughly 1500 years of mankind. Exploring a future that resembles our past, it is a gripping meditation on how history repeats itself, how institutions and their purposes transform with the times, and how we as humans mythologize our own history. Are we moving forward? Or just in circles?

Overall the novel is a fun read if you're in it purely for the plot. There is some symbolism and allusions to other historical events if you are into that sort of thing too. The writing itself is easy enough to read and isn't too heavy on metaphor. Definitely the kind of book you can get more out of on a re-read. 4/5

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Boston : Gregg Press, 1975, c1959.
Year Published: 1959
Description: xii, 320 p. ; 21 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book

Lexile: 1000