By Walter M. Miller Jr.
In party of the book of the sequel Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse lady comes this distinctive variation of the vintage A Canticle for Leibowitz, a singular that transcends style to face as some of the most major literary works of our time.In the Utah wasteland, Brother Francis of the Albertian Order of Leibowitz has made a extraordinary discovery: the relics of the martyr Isaac Leibowitz himself, together with the blessed blueprint and the sacred buying record. they might supply a vivid ray of wish in a terrifying age of darkness, a time of lack of knowledge and genetic monsters which are the unholy aftermath of the Flame Deluge. yet because the spellbinding secret on the center of this impressive novel unfolds, it's the seek itsel—for that means, for fact, for love—that bargains wish to a humanity teetering at the fringe of an abyss.A undying and nonetheless well timed masterpiece, A Canticle for Leibowitz is a vintage that ranks with courageous New international and 1984.
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The novice was wandering to and fro throughout the ruins, occasionally staggering toward some focal point of his work with a rock, the size of his own chest, locked in a painful embrace. The pilgrim watched him select a stone, estimate its dimensions in hand-spans, reject it, and carefully select another, to be pried free from the rock jam of the rubble, to be hoisted by Francis and stumblingly hauled away. He dropped one stone after a few paces, and, suddenly sitting, placed his head between his knees in an apparent effort to avoid fainting.
He brandished the staff menacingly at the hooded figure which had arisen from beyond the rock pile. Brother Francis noticed that the thick end of the staff was armed with a spike. The novice bowed courteously, thrice, but the pilgrim overlooked this nicety. ” he croaked. “Just keep your distance, sport. I’ve got nothing you’re after-unless it’s the cheese, and you can have that. If it’s meat you want, I’m nothing but gristle, but I’ll fight to keep it. Back now! ” “Wait-” The novice paused. Charity, or even common courtesy, could take precedence over the Lenten rule of silence, when circumstances demanded speech, but to break silence on his own decision always left him slightly nervous.
After returning it to the box for later restorative work, he turned to the second folded document; its creases were so brittle that he dared inspect only a little of it, by parting the folds slightly and peering between them. A diagram, it seemed, but-a diagram of white lines on dark paper! Again he felt the thrill of discovery. -and there was not a single original blueprint left at the abbey, but only inked facsimiles of several such prints. The originals had faded long ago from overexposure to light.
A Canticle for Leibowitz (Bantam Spectra Book) by Walter M. Miller Jr.