A Canticle for Leibowitz

Walter M. Miller, Jr.
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I didn't think it was great, just okay.

Deven Science

A Canticle For Leibowitz was a bit tough to get through. Every so often, the story jumped ahead a couple of hundred years, which made it very difficult to grow attached to any one character.

The novel starts by following a novice monk named Brother Francis, and as long as the book followed him, I enjoyed it. Francis is an atypical protagonist, as he is extremely shy, stutters, and just generally finds it difficult to communicate with others. His frustration over his inability to convey his discovery with others becomes your frustration, and it works.

Once we leave Brother Francis, and jump ahead, I lost interest, and I just never really got it back. It had some interesting ideas, and I would still give it a passing grade of 3 out of 5 stars, but I didn't think it was great, only okay.