A Canticle for Leibowitz

Walter M. Miller, Jr.
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A Canticle for Leibowitz


A Canticle for Leibowitz follows the development of human civilization after a nuclear war, through a new cycle of growth and destruction. The three sections of the novel relate three separate stories that are connected through the Monastery and themes of the novel. Each story has a distinct set of characters that represent their respective eras. I enjoyed the religious and philosophical ideas, though I may have missed some points due to my outsider's view of Catholicism. The seriousness of the story was also pleasantly counterbalanced by light touches of humor. Overall, A Canticle for Leibowitz delivers a story that is both thoughtful and entertaining, and I can see why this one is considered a classic!

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