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Wednesday, April 18, 2018
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Andrew Hall, Parish House

This month, we discuss Walter Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz (1959).

Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award, this post-apocalyptic science fiction novel begins in a desert monastery a millennia after nuclear war has destroyed civilization. This sounds heavy and depressing, but the book is an engaging look at the relationship between knowledge, faith, civilization, and barbarism. The characters are compelling, the prose lively and wry. Miller wrote this back before “apocalyptic” was trendy, and unlike many recent examples of the genre, the book takes the Catholic faith seriously and presents the church as the custodian of knowledge and truth in a world bent upon war and ignorance. The action is divided into three parts, spanning a thousand years. A sci-fi classic that largely reads like a narrative of early church desert fathers—what to make of it?

David Daniel

A Canticle for Leibowitz
by Walter Miller
ISBN: 978-0553273816

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