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A Canticle for LeibowitzIn a nightmarish ruined world slowly awakening to the light after sleeping in darkness the infant rediscoveries of science are secretly nourished by cloistered monks dedicated to t. I'm not a Christian but I live in a Christian society and it's all around me Reviewing on Goodreads 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 CS 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 of the greatest books ever written A Canticle for Leibowitz is towards the positive end of this spectrum It's a post World War III novel where most of the US is a radioactive wasteland and civilization has or less collapsed The only people who still keep any of the lost heritage of the past are a few scattered monasteries The book tracks the history of one of these monasteries over the course of several hundred years It's low key moving and often surprisingly funny Everything is informed by the simple unuestioning faith shown by the monks They don't know why they're doing what they are doing other than that it must be God's will The author shows you the ridiculous aspects of the story I particularly liked the illuminated parchments of circuit diagrams decorated with vines and cherubim And yet he is totally on the monks' side and after a while the reader is as well They're doing something important even though they don't know what it is and it makes their lives deep and meaningful Even when they die horrible deaths several of them do they do it with dignity knowing that it's the price that needs to be paid If Christianity were always like this I guess I'd be a Christian too It's a lovely book that will leave you feeling better about people
review A Canticle for Leibowitz
A Canticle for Leibowitz Read ¾ 104 ´ ❮BOOKS❯ ✻ A Canticle for Leibowitz ✴ Author Walter M. Miller Jr. – Gwairsoft.co.uk In a nightmarish ruined world slowly awakening to the light after sleeping in darkness the infant rediscoveries of science are secretly nourished by cloistered monks dedicated to the study andHe study and preservation of the relics and writings of the blessed Saint Isaac Leibowitz From here the story spans centuries of ignorance violence and barbarism A Canticle MOBI #2. uid enim mirabilius uam monachi in Apocalypse I don’t know why but there is something very cool about Monks in the Apocalypse “A Canticle for Leibowitz” was published in 1959 and Walter M Miller Jr won the Hugo in 1961 It was a mainstream bestseller and I believe has remain continuously in print ever since It’s not only considered a science fiction classic but also a literary masterpieceIn 1959 the Cold War was heating up as Russia and the US maneuvered for influence in Southeast Asia Latin America and the Middle East In 1954 the US had completed the Castle Bravo test on Bikini Atoll with a hydrogen bomb that yielded 148 megatons The Soviets followed in 1955 with a 16 megaton test The capability for full mutual destruction wasn’t in place by 1959 but the two superpowers were racing towards it Meanwhile earlier during World War II Walter M Miller Jr flew on a bomber that helped demolish a 6th century Christian monastery at Monte Cassino Italy clearly a catalyst for the story This was a novel that grew over time Miller first authored a short story “A Canticle for Leibowitz” around 1954 which evolved into “Fiat Homo” and was published in 1955 He then published the second section in 1956 and wrote and published the third “The Last Canticle” in 1957 The growth of the novel allowed Miller to develop a layered intricate tale that is rich in theme The plot begins with Brother Francis on a vigil in the desert The world has fallen into a new Dark Age With the help of a mysterious Wanderer he discovered a fallout shelter with preserved ancient documents from before the “Flame Deluge” Some of the documents appear to be written by his order’s founder Leibowitz Brother Francis and his order attempt to have Leibowitz canonized due to establishment of the Order and his preservation of pre war knowledge The second part of the novel sees the ending of the Dark Ages and a Renaissance begins In the backdrop of warring city states the Order continues to preserve and study the Leibowitz knowledge and one Brother Kornhoer develops a treadmill powered electrical generator In the third section we jump forward in time significantly around 600 years and mankind now has starships and colonies on distant worlds as well as nuclear weapons A city level nuclear attack occurs and much of the third section deals with the Order both sheltering refugees and preparing for potential nuclear annihilation I’ll stop there to avoid spoilers This book is chocked full of themes and philosophy It explores mankind’s tendency to rise and fall the value and danger of scientific knowledge the tension of Church and State and other religious conflicts Its use of a strange title religious terminology and extensive Latin passages throughout the book help to give it solemnity and gravity However the novel also has its humorous moments and its most interesting characters are often comical and odd Miller also dances around mysticism and outright miracles leaving just enough ambiguity to allow the reader to interpret the incidents If this book has faults they are subtle As far as I can recall there are only two significant female character in the book Even if we allow that the Order is male only
Walter M. Miller Jr. ´ 4 Read
34 viewing through a sharp satirical eye the relentless progression of a human race damned by its inherent humanness to recelebrate its grand foibles and repeat its grievous mistak. 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 Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision hereIn the meantime you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook