A Canticle for Leibowitz – NaBloPoMo 2010

One of my favorite characters in all of literature is Brother Gerard Francis of Utah, the principal character of  Walter Miller Jr. ‘s fine post-apocalyptic novel, A Canticle for Leibowitz.  Brother Francis is not a hero in the conventional sense, but he has the courage of his convictions, much to the dismay of the superior abbots in the monastery where he serves.   Francis insists an unknown pilgrim has led him to discover relics of their patron, the Blessed Leibowitz, relics from before the Fire Deluge.

 

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller Jr.

A Canticle for Leibowitz was first published as three separate novellas – the first takes place a few hundred years after a nuclear conflagration in the 20th century has *almost* achieved mutual total destruction:  cities are gone, countries are gone, governments are gone, knowledge is gone.

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4 thoughts on “A Canticle for Leibowitz – NaBloPoMo 2010

  1. This was one of my favorite books when I was in college. I read it for the sci-fi literature class I took in my senior year, and I was so grateful to the professor for assigning it. The “tomato lady” in the finale is still one of the most haunting scenes I’ve read in any novel.

    I didn’t try to read the second book after reading the reviews, which all sounded pretty disappointing. I hate it when a great book, movie, whatever, is followed by a mediocre sequel. It ruins the memory of the first.

  2. I really enjoyed this book too — and felt in a lot of ways that Neal Stephenson’s great book “Anathem” paid a lot of homage to it — but I also stayed away from the sequel because of bad reviews.

  3. I read this back in early High School and the second one soon after it came out. Hard to describe how it makes you feel, so I just tell people to read it. Only way this could have been any better was to incorporate zombies into the mix, in which case my head probably would have exploded.

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