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bleak themes with a light touch. although not an easy book to get into, once i realized the effort was a worthy one, it became an increasingly absorbing read. the structure in particular was interesting, challenging - and distancing. novels with religion at their core are often absorbing to me personally, and this novel is all about the impact of religion on the building and rebuilding of society. i appreciated the humanist values and found myself agreeing with the at times progressive, other ti ...more
This book had a lot of food for thought. This is the only post-apocalyptic book I've ever read that covers the downfall, build up and then downfall again of mankind. The consistent element through all those times was religion. Knowledge, government, society, etc., all disappeared and had to be rediscovered, but religion was always there. Interesting stuff. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel and hope it's as good.
A classic of science fiction - after the atomic holocaust, education is disdained and books are burned. Francis of Utah finds the sacred blueprint and fallout shelter of St. Leibovitz and the cycle of the world continues.