A Canticle For Liebowitz

Author: Walter M. Miller Jr. Published: 1959 Publisher: Bantam Books Pages: 368
Synopsis: A true classic of the genre that explores issues of religion, technology and the politics of annhiliation in a manner that is humorous and ultimately heartbreaking.
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Centuries in the future, a monk in Utah uncovers a fallout shelter and discovers a note by one Isaac Liebowitz, the patron saint of his order: "Pound pastrami, can kraut, six bagels--bring home for Emma." This novel -- actually a trilogy of novellas spread over a thousand or so years — examines faith, Catholicism, the cycles of civilization, abortion, euthanasia, man's inhumanity and the double-edged sword of scientific knowledge. A classic. Required reading.

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