A Canticle for Liebowitz

10/26   (but I forgot to post) 
 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.   
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4 Responses to A Canticle for Liebowitz

  1. jameswharris says:

    I also read/listen to A Canticle for Liebowitz this year. I started reading it and got half-way through and decided to listen to it instead. I enjoyed listening to it far more. I enjoyed the stories, but as a novel I thought it suffered from being a fix-up novel of separate novellas. It’s is considered one of the greats of science fiction, and I do admire it quite a lot, but it didn’t move me like Earth Abides or Alas, Babylon, other apocalyptic stories from the same era.

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  2. I’d wanted to read Canticle for a long time but it wasn’t available – now it was. It was a bit of a let-down for me, maybe because I’d hyped it too much in my mind. It was good though – I enjoyed Alas, Babylon but it felt dated – Davy was pretty good. I’ve not read Earth Abides and I don’t know if I will. I read When Worlds Collide when I was 11 or so – 5th or 6th grade.

    I kind of like the newer apocalyptic / dystopian novels better – The Road, Oryx and Crake, Snow Crash, Into the Forest – so much more could be written than what is coming out – lots of scenarios – no oil, contaminated hot-spots, etc. Religious wars and resulting oppression. I don’t like junk though – I’ve read some of that, too.

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  3. Sartenada says:

    I have not read this book, but Sci-Fi is my favorite. I have 1500 French Sci-Fi books which I have read already thrice and last year I started to read the fourth tour of them. I am not buying any more books, because These are enough for the rest of my life.

    French Sci-Fi is unknown and it is a great pity. in addition of these French books, I have about 200 German Sci-fi translated to French. They are best ones.

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  4. I think American Sci-fi must be the best (but then, I don’t believe I’ve read any other kind.) – heh

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