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A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
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Jan 14, 2009

really liked it
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Hauntingly beautiful. I loved the cyclical nature of the world. Death, rebirth and ultimately destruction occurring over a plodding time frame, where each life is a drop in the bucket of generations.

I enjoyed the book because it dealt with a future of nuclear annihilation. Most stories dealing with fallout seem to focus on the aftermath, with people who still remembered a different life, life before the holocaust. In A Canticle for Leibowitz the flame deluge is a distant memory remembered only in an oral tradition. Culture and technology evolve slowly and steadily with each subsequent generation building on the shoulders of the giants that came before.
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