A Canticle for Leibowitz

Walter M. Miller Jr.

Tom Weiner (Narrator)

01-01-07

10hrs 56min

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Fiction/Science Fiction

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01-01-07

10hrs 56min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Science Fiction

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“Angry, eloquent…A terrific story.” New York Times

Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel

Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of twentieth-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

In a nightmarish, ruined world, slowly awakening to the light after sleeping in darkness, the infantile rediscoveries of science are secretly nourished by cloistered monks dedicated to the study and preservation of the relics and writings of the blessed Saint Isaac Leibowitz. From here the story spans centuries of ignorance, violence, and barbarism, viewing through a sharp, satirical eye the relentless progression of a human race damned by its inherent humanness to recelebrate its grand foibles and repeat its grievous mistakes.

Seriously funny, stunning, tragic, eternally fresh, imaginative, and altogether remarkable, A Canticle for Leibowitz retains its ability to enthrall and amaze. It is now, as it always has been, a masterpiece. 

Praise

“Angry, eloquent…A terrific story.” New York Times

“Chillingly effective.” Time

“An extraordinary novel…Prodigiously imaginative, richly comic, terrifyingly grim, profound both intellectually and morally, and, above all…simply such a memorable story as to stay with the reader for years.” Chicago Tribune

“An exciting and imaginative story…Unconditionally recommended.” Library Journal

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Language English
Release Day Dec 31, 2006
Release Date January 1, 2007
Release Date Machine 1167609600
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Literature & Fiction, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, Most Popular, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Most Popular, Sci Fi and Fantacy, Fiction - All, Fiction - Adult
Author Bio
Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller, Jr., (1923–1996) grew up in the American South and enlisted in the Army Air Corps a month after Pearl Harbor. He spent most of World War II as a radio operator and tail gunner, participating in more than fifty-five combat sorties, among them the controversial destruction of the Benedictine abbey at Monte Cassino, the oldest monastery in the Western world. Fifteen years later he wrote A Canticle for Leibowitz. The sequel, Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman, published posthumously and completed by a different author, followed nearly forty years later.

Narrator Bio
Tom Weiner

Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his roles in video games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers, is the winner of eight Earphones Awards and is an Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Overview

Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel

Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of twentieth-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

In a nightmarish, ruined world, slowly awakening to the light after sleeping in darkness, the infantile rediscoveries of science are secretly nourished by cloistered monks dedicated to the study and preservation of the relics and writings of the blessed Saint Isaac Leibowitz. From here the story spans centuries of ignorance, violence, and barbarism, viewing through a sharp, satirical eye the relentless progression of a human race damned by its inherent humanness to recelebrate its grand foibles and repeat its grievous mistakes.

Seriously funny, stunning, tragic, eternally fresh, imaginative, and altogether remarkable, A Canticle for Leibowitz retains its ability to enthrall and amaze. It is now, as it always has been, a masterpiece. 

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