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A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
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Apr 04, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: dystopic-or-apocalyptic, sci-fi, books-about-books
Read from September 08 to 18, 2012

Parts I and II weren't doing much for me, which was worrying - am I broken inside? I know it's good, why am I not feeling it? Have I really become that distrustful of Catholicism that I can't view it objectively anymore? Because that was so not the point of coming out as an atheist.
But Part III was when the magic happened. It got me engaged and it got me thinking. Most of all it got me conflicted - I was sympathizing with the monks even though I didn't agree with them at all, which should have been weird because I knew that wasn't the author's view of the conflict. But the story was so beautifully developed I never felt like I was supposed to see it like that myself. It's a lovely piece of seamless, understated and very elegant storytelling. A very different kind of post-apocalyptic novel, but a great job nonetheless.
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message 1: by Fil (new) - rated it 4 stars

Fil Wasn't this just amazing? How can the human race be that stupid twice?

Alasse um, are we talking about the SAME human race?

message 3: by Fil (new) - rated it 4 stars

Fil Would one little Earth-shattering catastrophe change us so much?

Alasse No, I meant the human race I know would totally make that mistake twice. But yeah, having an additional head on one of my shoulders might possibly help me think things through more thoroughly :o)

message 5: by Fil (new) - rated it 4 stars

Fil Got me on that one.

Marieke when i was reading this, i was definitely wondering how someone brought up in Catholicism would read it...somehow i must get J to read it.

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