Comments on A Canticle for Leibowitz

January 23, 2007 at 2:12 pm Leave a comment

I finished A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Miller.  It’s the story of the human race post-nuclear Armageddon.  The story is told through the eyes of monks of the Abbey of the Albertian Order of Leibowitz.  We watch as humans crawl back from the dark ages toward nuclear apocalypse yet again.  We leave the story as the bombs are dropping and as a spaceship takes off carrying some monks and the collected knowledge the Abbey has saved through the years. 

The story was well written and engaging, yet smacks of 50s nuclear hysteria.  The idea of the monks guarding all human wisdom is reminiscent of How the Irish Saved Civilization.  The parallels were probably not a coincidence.

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