October 11, 2004

A Canticle for Leibowitz

Author: Walter M. Miller, Jr. | First published 1959 | Amazon

I read A Canticle for Leibowitz in high school, but it didn't stick. All I really remembered was "pound pastrami, can kraut, six bagels". There's a lot more here, even though the author enjoys using two languages I don't understand: my Latin is rusted out and I never could read Hebrew. Miller's vision of a world starting over after a nuclear holocaust is stunning, and watching the world recapitulate history is both amazing and plausible. The monks' care in preserving the sacred materials, even those they don't understand, is treated with the seriousness it deserves, and Miller does an excellent job of taking both faith and secular science seriously.

Posted by simonstl at October 11, 2004 04:58 PM