A Canticle for Leibowitz - OE Book Club, June 2022
The timeless bestseller and landmark of 20th century literature—“one of science fiction’s enduring masterpieces” (Kirkus Reviews)—now reissued in a beautiful new edition.
Funny but bleak, A Canticle for Leibowitz tackles the sociological and religious implications of the cyclical rise and fall of civilization. It is a classic that stands among the first ranks of speculative literature, including The Day of the Triffids (John Wyndham), The Stand (Stephen King), The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine (H.G. Wells), and Cat’s Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut).
In the Utah desert, Brother Francis of the Albertian Order of Leibowitz has made a miraculous discovery: the relics of the martyr Isaac Leibowitz himself, including the blessed blueprint and the sacred shopping list. They may provide a bright ray of hope in a terrifying age of darkness, a time of ignorance and genetic monsters that are the unholy aftermath of the Flame Deluge. But as the spellbinding mystery unfolds, it is the search itself—for meaning, for truth, for love—that offers hope to a humanity teetering on the edge of the abyss.