A Canticle For Leibowitz

A Canticle For Leibowitz Walter M. Miller Jr.
  • Title: A Canticle For Leibowitz
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  • A Canticle For Leibowitz Walter M. Miller Jr. A Canticle For Leibowitz In the depths of the Utah desert long after the Flame Deluge has scoured the earth clean the rediscoveries of science are secretly nourished by cloistered monks dedicated to the study and preservati
    In the depths of the Utah desert, long after the Flame Deluge has scoured the earth clean, the rediscoveries of science are secretly nourished by cloistered monks dedicated to the study and preservation of knowledge By studying the Holy Relics of the past, the Order of St Leibowitz hopes to raise humanity from its fallen state to one of grace But is such knowledge the keIn the depths of the Utah desert, long after the Flame Deluge has scoured the earth clean, the rediscoveries of science are secretly nourished by cloistered monks dedicated to the study and preservation of knowledge By studying the Holy Relics of the past, the Order of St Leibowitz hopes to raise humanity from its fallen state to one of grace But is such knowledge the key to salvation Or the certain sign that we are doomed to repeat our most grievous mistakes
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    About Walter M. Miller Jr.


    1. From the article, Walter M Miller, Jr Miller was born in New Smyrna Beach, Florida Educated at the University of Tennessee and the University of Texas, he worked as an engineer During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps as a radioman and tail gunner, flying than fifty bombing missions over Italy He took part in the bombing of the Benedictine Abbey at Monte Cassino, which proved a traumatic experience for him Joe Haldeman reported that Miller had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for 30 years before it had a name.After the war, Miller converted to Catholicism He married Anna Louise Becker in 1945, and they had four children For several months in 1953 he lived with science fiction writer Judith Merril, ex wife of Frederik Pohl and a noted science fiction author in her own right.Between 1951 and 1957, Miller published over three dozen science fiction short stories, winning a Hugo Award in 1955 for the story The Darfsteller He also wrote scripts for the television show Captain Video in 1953 Late in the 1950s, Miller assembled a novel from three closely related novellas he had published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1955, 1956 and 1957 The novel, entitled A Canticle for Leibowitz, was published in 1959.A Canticle for Leibowitz is a post apocalyptic post holocaust novel revolving around the canonisation of Saint Leibowitz and is considered a masterpiece of the genre It won the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel The novel is also a powerful meditation on the cycles of world history and Roman Catholicism as a force of stability during history s dark times.After the success of A Canticle For Leibowitz, Miller never published another new novel or story in his lifetime, although several compilations of Miller s earlier stories were issued in the 1960s and 1970s.In Miller s later years, he became a recluse, avoiding contact with nearly everyone, including family members he never allowed his literary agent, Don Congdon, to meet him According to science fiction writer Terry Bisson, Miller struggled with depression during his later years, but had managed to nearly complete a 600 page manuscript for the sequel to Canticle before taking his own life with a gun in January 1996, shortly after his wife s death The sequel, titled Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman, was completed by Bisson and published in 1997.


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    1. I m not a Christian, but I live in a Christian society, and it s all around me Reviewing on brings home how many authors can be classified as some kind of Christian apologist I have very different reactions to them At one end, I can t stand most of C.S Lewis I feel he s there with his foot in the door trying to sell me something, and I m just hoping that I can get him to take his foot away without being openly rude At the opposite end, I think Dante is a genius, and that The Divine Comedy is one [...]

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    2. Odd as it sounds, this is hot toddy, warm blanket comfort food for me Admittedly, that s not the typical description of this cynical, bleak themed, post apocalyptic SF classic However, the easy, breezy style with which Miller explores his melancholy material manages to pluck smiles from me whenever I pick it up This go around, I listened to the audio version which was recently released it was as mood brightening an experience as my previous read through.Despite dealing with dark, somber subject [...]

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    3. Brilliant A centuries old story following the evolving world after an apocalypse and centered on the monks of St Leibowitz, somewhere in the American southwest The monks keep ancient artifacts of science and technology Funny, sad, brutal, irreverent at times, but doggedly hopeful in its underlying themes, this is a science fiction gem but really transcends the genre to make a greater statement Scholars and critics have explored the many themes encompassed in the novel, frequently focusing on its [...]

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    4. I read this immediately following another well known 1950s apocalyptic nuclear holocaust novel Alas, Babylon That book, which I gave 4 stars to, was an excellent story and made no pretensions to literature its prose was plain and transparent The novel in question, A Canticle for Leibowitz, turned out to be one of the most irritating kinds of genre sci fi one with ambitions to beauty and importance that falls far short of the mark.Now, I hate to put it that way, because I would never criticize an [...]

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    5. A Canticle for Leibowitz is Catholic science fiction, clearly written in the aftermath of Hiroshima and the shadow of the Cold War It is mesmerizing, drawing on history and speculating on the future, focused around a small monastery in the American Southwest It is also profoundly pessimistic about the fate of man and the inevitability of nuclear war Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In [...]

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    6. Walter Miller s A Canticle for Leibowitz is imaginative and thought provoking I enjoyed reading it and enjoyed it even during a second go While this work has very little in common with Isaac Asimov s Foundation Series in terms of setting or character or even plot , I kept being reminded of Asimov s classic Miller presents a primitive post apocalyptic world in which knowledge has been stowed away in a monastery in what used to be Utah This monastery might not be the far end of the universe, but [...]

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    7. This is a story about humanity It was born of the author s experiences taking part in the destruction of the monastery of Monte Cassino during WWII and the reasonable fear of nuclear annihilation that haunted many people for many years If in The Day of the Triffids there is a certain gladness on the part of the author that a society they didn t much like has been destroyed by a bright comet and wandering killer plants and now they can get on with rebuilding a new order much to their own taste, [...]

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    8. Have we no choice but to play the Phoenix in an unending sequence of rise and fall Are we doomed to it, Lord, chained to the pendulum of our own mad clockwork, helpless to halt its swing Looks like we are, at least according to Walter M Miller Jr.A Canticle for Leibowitz is a bona fide sci fi classic, you d be hard pressed to find a list of all time great sci fi novels without it I remember being given a copy of this book in my teens when I was starting to become a serious sci fi fan I was quite [...]

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    9. A Canticle for Leibowitz Are we doomed to destroy ourselves time after time Listened to the audiobook since so many readers disagreed with my view Lengthy comments at Fantasy Literature This 1959 Hugo winning SF classic is certainly an odd fish in the genre It s central character is the Order of Saint Leibowitz that survives after the nuclear holocaust the Flame Deluge , and the story spans over a thousand years as humanity seems determined to repeat its mistakes and destroy itself over and over [...]

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    10. This is essentially a book about knowledge.What happens to the human life that survives beyond the destruction of the world In the ruins of what was once the United States of America, the Order of Saint Leibowitz works relentlessly to discover and preserve bits and pieces of knowledge from the time prior to the Flame Deluge And when Brother Francis of Utah stumbles across a series of ancient writings by the holy Leibowitz himself, the discovery starts a chain of events that spans centuries of th [...]

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    11. ETA 09 03 13 Cloud Atlas to the reading path, below I was conceived somewhere late summer early fall of 1963, roundabout the time the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty was signed by the US, UK and Soviet Union close to a year after the Cuban Missile Crisis and about two months before JFK s assassination There had been an earlier miscarriage, a child who would have been a year or so older than me I may have picked up, in the womb, an interest in the politics of that time My father, in particular, was clear [...]

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    12. I am very cross This is yet another book that I rated and reviewed and has disappeared from my shelves I wonder if it happened when some librarian decided to add series information to it and thereby change the title If it is no 1 in a series there has to be a no 2 There isn t It isn t a series According to , A Canticle for Leibowitz is based on three short stories Miller contributed to The Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction 1 2 It is the only novel published by the author during his lifetime Th [...]

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    13. bleak themes with a light touch although not an easy book to get into, once i realized the effort was a worthy one, it became an increasingly absorbing read the structure in particular was interesting, challenging and distancing novels with religion at their core are often absorbing to me personally, and this novel is all about the impact of religion on the building and rebuilding of society i appreciated the humanist values and found myself agreeing with the at times progressive, other times cy [...]

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    14. 9 10 for in those days, the Lord God had suffered the wise men to know the means by which the world itself might be destroyed He also suffered them to know how it might be saved, and, as always, let them chose for themselves Walter M Miller published a single novel in his lifetime, so I guess he wanted to pour into it everything that was important in his life his scientific training as an engineer, the trauma of destroying the ancient abbey of Monte Cassino from a bomber aircraft in World War Tw [...]

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    15. One of the best sci fi that I ve read so far.A Canticle for Leibowitz is composed of three parts In between each part is a period of 6 centuries This reminded me of Roberto Bolano s 2666 5 stars that I recently read and found amazing I am not sure whether Bolano got the idea from here but if it was a coincidence then there must be something happening around that time Creepy This first part, Fiat Homo or Let There Be Man happens 6 centuries from the 20th century This book, the only one by Walter [...]

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    16. An early classic in the post nuclear holocaust genre I have read the book two or three times in the last 50 years.Miller was the prototypical one hit wonder Though he did write a lot of SF short stories before he published Canticle, he never wrote another novel But hey, if you only publish one novel, and it s like this one Not bad at all.I suppose I need to read it again, I can t really remember how it ends Or maybe it doesn t really end, just fades away Or returns endlessly.

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    17. A Canticle for Leibowitz is set in a post apocalyptic world where a nuclear holocaust has laid waste to the earth In the aftermath, people burned books and renounced all scientific knowledge, which they saw as the root cause of the massive destruction they had to live through The novel starts about 600 years after this incident, and follows the monks of a monastery in the Utah desert, as they strive to preserve what little scraps of writing that has survived from before the world was burned to a [...]

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    18. There are some books that are called classics, but you don t really understand why until you read it and feel that you ve been changed You know, for certain, that even though the themes have been played again and again, that the story is as everlasting as the bricks in an ancient abbey I ll save the rest of my thoughts for the Sword Laser recap, but I m glad that we ve also read The Sparrow as an interesting comparison on the themes in both Fantastic book, even if you don t speak a lick of Latin [...]

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    19. This was an intriguing book to read but the review was complicated by the fact I kept pursuing various trails.The story consists of three consecutive post apocalyptic periods subsequent to a nuclear catastrophe, separated from that and from each other by centuries Central to the plot is a monastery dedicated to the preservation of knowledge from our lost civilization during the dark ages that follow and to the memory of its founder, Isaac Edward Liebowitz, who, although apparently a Jew based on [...]

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    20. Maybe it was the time of year Maybe it was because my copy of the book was in an advanced stage of acidification with the pages cracking and the glue failing so I feared taking this book with me on the subway images of high school moments when a dropped binder in a busy hallway could destroy a years worth of work in about three seconds Maybe I read this too slowly, taking too many days off in between each sitting Maybe it was the stress and anxiety of working retail, yet again, for another holid [...]

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    21. It s nice that a story written at the height of cold war tensions 52 years ago still manages to be relevant This is a post apocalyptic story mostly set in an abbey in the southwestern United States, hundreds of years after a nuclear holocaust That event becomes a sort of mythology for the times as the church tells the story of the ancients us in the form of a parable about the Princes of the world being given these weapons in the hope that mutually assured destruction would be enough of a deterr [...]

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    22. Before reviewing this book, I read a little bit about the back story as well as listening to the SFBRP episode that covers it These helped a lot I d had this on my post apocalyptic reading list for quite some time, but had the wrong impressions of the book.1 I thought it was funny.Well, there are a few little chuckly bits at the beginning, as you see the monks try to make sense of our culture, only found in fragments Grocery lists take on great meaning, as do diagrams of circuitry But the end is [...]

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    23. I add this to my read books having read it I don t know how many years ago maybe even read it twice , in Finnish translation So what I write here is partly from memory, partly from having a look at my copy I recently bought.It s good post apocalyptic scifi The apocalypse being a nuclear war, a very likely threat around the time it was written 1959ish A group of cloistered monks secretly nourishing knowledge of past and trying to help some survivors From this the humanity slowly patches itself up [...]

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    24. I d heard about this book for years Finally decided now was the time Turned out it wasn t The beginning held my interest, although I did think the writing was a little self conscious That got me through about 1 3 of the book Then of a sudden, things shifted, and so did my attitude Yawn Skim Skip That got me through the 2nd 3rd At that point I got wise I am 75 years old If I m going to read even a portion of everything I want to read before I conk off, I can t afford to waste my time on books I m [...]

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    25. DNF at 39% It s a book that left me absolutely indifferent I picked it up as a classic sci fi about a post apocalyptical world, expecting something like Fallout, The Road, Mad Max or something like that Instead, what I ve got was a boring and uninspiring post apocalyptic version of Name of the Rose It s all about churches, monks, saints, religion and prayers, and those aren t my favorite topics by a long shot It might, I emphasize MIGHT, have been a different experience had I read it on paper a [...]

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    26. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.It s the dark ages again A 20th century nuclear war spawned a Flame Deluge which destroyed human civilization s infrastructure and technology, killed most of the people, and created genetic mutations in many of the rest Then there was a backlash against the educated people of the world who were seen as the creators of both the ideas that started the war, and the weapons that were used to fight it They were persecuted and killed and all knowledge was burned [...]

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    27. I ve tried to read this in paperback several times the first section always put me to sleep much like The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, yet both are classics that really should be read Ben s bio was great as an audio book this one certainly went along far better was well worth listening to It truly is a classic showing chilling possibilities to the cyclical nature of our history uses the Catholic Church as its vehicle.Told in 3 sections roughly 600 years apart, the first section begins 600 [...]

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    28. TEN stars A book that would NEVER EVER make it through to a small time SF magazine let alone a major publisher today, far too Catholic and unapologetically so and one of the greatest books I ve ever read I think it s fortunate that I waited until my middle age to read this as I d likely not have had the depth of understanding to fully appreciate all the layers of this Unfortunately it s the kind of book that also makes me question why I even try to write at all, it s shown me again that the art [...]

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    29. Without a doubt, A Canticle for Leibowitz is one of the classic post apocalyptic novels That it strikes so mercilessly at so many of our deepest fears, it is no wonder the tale has held up well over time There is a fantastic interplay here of innocence vs corruption, of reason vs faith and intuitions, of hope vs despair The novel was significantly emotional and gut wrenching than I d expected.The novel is certainly worthy of a thoughtful and detailed review but I fear I may need time and subse [...]

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