By Walter M. Miller Jr.

ISBN-10: 0060892994

ISBN-13: 9780060892999

Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for top Novel and generally one among the main complete, strong, and enduring classics of contemporary speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller, Jr.'s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a real landmark of twentieth-century literature -- a chilling and still-provocative examine a post-apocalyptic destiny.

In a nightmarish ruined international slowly awakening to the sunshine after napping in darkness, the newborn rediscoveries of technological know-how are secretly nourished via cloistered priests devoted to the examine and upkeep of the relics and writings of the blessed Saint Isaac Leibowitz. From the following the tale spans centuries of lack of awareness, violence, and barbarism, viewing via a pointy, satirical eye the relentless development of a human race damned through its inherent humanness to recelebrate its grand foibles and repeat its grievous errors. heavily humorous, beautiful, and tragic, forever clean, innovative, and altogether notable, A Canticle for Leibowitz keeps its skill to enthrall and amaze. it really is now, because it continually has been, a masterpiece.

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He had to get whatever sleep he could, because he needed to think clearly. Tremendous problems needed to be solved, and Sal was in such bad shape that by tomorrow she might not be able to think at all. And she was depending on him. Absolutely. Fiercely he vowed to himself that he would not. Well, the air was still warm, she wouldn't freeze, and at least she would not go thirsty. Also, the rain would tend to blot out whatever trail she might have left, foil whatever efforts might be in progress, even now, to track her down.

Not that he had actually experienced any himself. But there were so many stories that he thought there must be something ... his mind was drifting now. Let Dionysus and Hermes come to the door of this house tonight, and they'd find a crabbed old man, but no young wife to make the visit worth their while. Neither gods nor men could work up much craving for Aunt Lynn. From down in the dark house the rhythmic snores of Jeremy's aunt and uncle were already drifting up. Wine and hard work had stupefied them; and in the real world, what else could anyone look forward to but sleep?

His uncle was stingy about that, as about much else. But tonight Jeremy dared to pour himself a second cup, and his uncle looked at him for a moment but then let it pass. The boy was not particularly restricted in his consumption of wine but so far had not been tempted to overdo it—he wasn't sure he liked the sensations brought on by swallowing more than a little of the red stuff straight. " That was a surprise; he wondered if the old woman really hadn't noticed that he was barely on speaking terms with any of the other villagers, male or female, young or old.

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