“A Canticle for Leibowitz” by Walter M. Miller Jr. Review

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A Canticle for Leibowitz

Author: Walter M. Miller Jr.

Release Date: 1959

This book is basically three separate short stories surrounding the same religious brotherhood in a post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland Earth. The first story was about a young monk finding a bomb shelter and the important “memorabilia” that could have originated from the title character of Liebowitz. This story ended up being my favorite of the three with the absurdity of the situation.

The second story time jumped and followed a new Abbot as the memorabilia was inspected and evaluated. It ended up being the least interesting of the stories due to the off screen drama of warring factions never really being clear or paying off. The final story brought it all full circle, as the religious order had to face a Cold War with rising nuclear tensions and a citizenry willing to euthanize those affected by the fallout.

Overall the book had an interesting theme throughout but the individual stories were just average. The religion got a bit heavy handed for science fiction in the end which also detracted from my enjoyment.

3-star

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