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Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller, Jr.'s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of twentieth-century literature — a chilling and still-provocative look at a post-apocalyptic future.

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 and preservation of the relics and writings of the blessed Saint Isaac Leibowitz. From here the story spans centuries of ignorance, violence, and barbarism, 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 mistakes. Seriously funny, stunning, and tragic, eternally fresh, imaginative, and altogether remarkable, A Canticle for Leibowitz retains its ability to enthrall and amaze. It is now, as it always has been, a masterpiece.

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"Extraordinary...chillingly effective." Time

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"Angry, eloquent...a terrific story." The New York Times

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"An extraordinary novel....Prodigiously imaginative, richly comic, terrifyingly grim, profound both intellectually and morally, and, above all...simply such a memorable story as to stay with the reader for years." Chicago Tribune

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"An exciting and imaginative story....Unconditionally recommended." Library Journal

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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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Engaging and thought provoking...
A unique perspective that keeps me engrossed all the way through!
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This is a Sci Fi classic. Set in a post-apocalyptic desert in the southwest following a nuclear war, this story is about the attempt to rebuild a lost world of scientific knowledge.Monks in a monastery archive and study the preserved archives of Issac Leibowitz, a Jewish electrical engineer centuries after his death. This book is filled with irony and a compelling tale.
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ISBN:
9780060892999
Author:
Miller Jr., Walter M.
Publisher:
Harper Voyager
Author:
Miller, Walter M.
Author:
by Walter M. Miller
Author:
Miller Jr, Walter M.
Author:
by Walter M. Miller
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Monks
Subject:
Southwest, new
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Monks - Southwest, New
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20060509
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 in 9.2 oz
Age Level:
Adult

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"Review" by , "Angry, eloquent...a terrific story."
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"Review" by , "An exciting and imaginative story....Unconditionally recommended."
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