A Canticle for Liebowitz
by Walter Miller
1960 – 368 pages
rating – 8.5
Said to be of the best sci-fi stories of all time. Set in the far future, after apocalyptic times for mankind, the world is back to real basics but the church is alive and well. It keeps records and relics and all sorts of stuff from the first age. A young novice finds the works of on Liebowitz, the patron saint of his order, through the help of an apparently supernatural hermit, hobo, wanderer.
The merits of his findings are debated, the findings hidden and then the world goes into another stage – always ending in the bloody fighting to annihilate the “others.”
I really, really enjoyed the first half of this book but when it got to the second and third worlds the number of characters was confusing.