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Summer Reading 2017: A Canticle for Liebowitz

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Scott is revisiting this book this summer because...

Canticle for Lebowitz surprised me when I read it many years ago.  I was surprised again when I saw it on the library shelf. Interesting that it is an old 'post-apocalyptic' book, and that it reaches back into the feel of the middle ages when monks were transcribing books they did not understand. Weirdly, the thoughtful monk that rediscovers electricity has a Jewish name, and lives in a Catholic monastery. Subtle, rich, relevant little gem of a book that connects science, religion, history and philosophy.

About the book

A Canticle for Leibowitz

by William M. Miller Jr.

In the depths of the Utah desert, long after the Flame Deluge has scoured the earth clean, a monk of the Order of Saint Leibowitz has made a miraculous discovery: holy relics from the life of the great saint himself, including the blessed blueprint, the sacred shopping list, and the hallowed shrine of the Fallout Shelter.

In a terrifying age of darkness and decay, these artifacts could be the keys to mankind's salvation. But as the mystery at the core of this groundbreaking novel unfolds, it is the search itself—for meaning, for truth, for love—that offers hope for humanity's rebirth from the ashes.

Applicable categories for the Urban Read Harder Challenge:
Up Late (thriller or suspenseful novel)

For fans of

  • Science Fiction
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Philip K. Dick
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Cormac McCarthy
  • Justin Cronin

About the reader

Scott Nelson, Math

In the past, Scott has recommended the following books:

  • We by Yevgeny Zamyatin 
  • Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity by David Foster Wallace