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A Canticle for Leibowitz (Paperback)

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For centuries all of mankind has pondered over the answer to a single question: Can a Jewish engineer become a Catholioc saint? Well this book provides that answer. (Hint, it's yes) Don't let my humor mislead you though, this book is at times thoughtful and often bleak, yet always remains fascinating.

— Thomas W.


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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060892999
ISBN-10: 0060892994
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: May 9th, 2006
Pages: 352
Language: English