A Canticle For Leibowitz
  • A Canticle For Leibowitz
  • A Canticle For Leibowitz
  • A Canticle For Leibowitz
ISBN: 0553273817
EAN13: 9780553273816
Language: English
Pages: 368
Dimensions: 0.8" H x 6.8" L x 4.2" W
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Format: Mass Market Paperbound
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Book Overview

In celebration of the publication of the sequel Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman comes this special edition of the classic A Canticle for Leibowitz, a novel that transcends genre to stand as one of the most significant literary works of our time.
In the Utah desert, Brother Francis of the Albertian Order of Leibowitz has made a miraculous discovery: the relics of the martyr Isaac Leibowitz himself, including the blessed blueprint and the sacred shopping list. They may provide a bright ray of hope in a terrifying age of darkness, a time of ignorance and genetic monsters that are the unholy aftermath of the Flame Deluge. But as the spellbinding mystery at the core of this extraordinary novel unfolds, it is the search itself--for meaning, for truth, for love--that offers hope to a humanity teetering on the edge of an abyss.
A timeless and still timely masterpiece, A Canticle for Leibowitz is a classic that ranks with Brave New World and 1984.

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5
   No wonder this is a masterpiece
I loved this book absolutely ''. I asked a discussion about what were the best apocalyptic fiction books and A Canticle For Leibowitz kept on popping up as a must read. I admit that I would NEVER have chosen this book based on the premise. Abbots in a monastery are driven to preserve the past and they don't even care about what is happening in the outside world. I bought religion and monks, but so many people recommended it that I thought it. It turned out to be one of the best books I ever read in my life. It is a masterpiece of its own.
 
5
   Essentially a one-hit wonder...
I have checked numerous times for the Kindle appearance of this book and finally... A rebuttal no, a refutation of both those who claim that science has all the answers and those who claim that religion has them. This is not merely classic SF, but full stop classic literature. An awareness in the reader of church Latin would not go amiss, though.
 
5
   This is the book that started my reading SyFi.
Great book, still a favorite. When I was fourteen, paperback was loaned to me. In the fifty years since that first reading, I have reread this book three times. I recently gave a copy of Amazon to my twelve-year-old grandson. He is already reading child science fiction, thought he was ready to move away from the space ships and BEM's and realize that the genre has much more to offer.
 
5
   A lovely book
Here are already many reviews that are far better than I could write, so let me just say two things : This book has never been out of print since it was first released, and I loved the Kindle version so much that I bought a paperback version just to have it.
 
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   The most depressing book I have ever read
Although applauded by science - fiction - critics, I found this dark and chaotic story especially depressing. It is no surprise that the author could not finish even one more book during his life. Specially this year, when it is clear that the world will not end with the nuclear bang portrayed in the story, but with a demoralized whipper, it is unlikely that you will enjoy a visit to the world that this guy created, only because of the quality of the writing. BTW, I was not put off by the many latin quotes scattered throughout the story because I found a soon-to-be deleted but useful link on Wikipedia to a document containing translations of all latin phrases used in the book. As an aside, this site contained this note : This article was considered for deletion on Wikipedia on August 27, 2017.
 
5
   Not perfect, but powerful
This 1960 sci-fi novel of ideas warns us that history is progressive, not necessarily cyclical, and that we ignore its lessons at our own expense. A common novel among devotees of Sci-Fii is a basic novel. Not perfect, but so powerful that it really does not make any difference.
 
5
   A timeless classic and must be read whether or not one enjoys science fiction.
This is a classic science fiction novel that has been out of print since its first publication in 1959, meaning that it has never come out of print. It is as timely today as it was when it was first published.
 
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