A Canticle for Leibowitz – Book Club

In December, I had this idea to start a book club with my close friends and see where it goes, because I need to connect with other bookworms πŸ˜‚ December was Science Fiction month and after a vote in the book club we decided for : A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M Miller Jr.

After a few first pages reading this book, one thing for sure, it is not an easy read. You start from having no clue what’s this world about but the only reasonable thing to do is to adapt and cope and hope for the better. The rhythm then came naturally to me and I was absorbed by the humour and witty replies.

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“Comparable in theme and prose to Dune and Foundation, A Canticle for Leibowitz deserves its spot in that sci-fi toplist. Following the story of a monastery through the ages as a preserver of faith, hope and knowledge, Miller Jr. tells a timeless tale that draws parallel with the actual historical role of religion.”

– William

The pace is definitely not for everyone, it’s heavily religious and slow building.

“Although A Canticle for Leibowitz is considered by many a science fiction classic, I found the Walter M. Miller Jr. slow approach to easing readers into the overarching storyline and predictability to be a hindrance namely to the author’s testament to the age-old adage that history inevitably repeats itself and consequently to what could have been my overall enjoyment of the novel.”

– Alexa

The book is separated into three sections which can be seen as novellas. The separation of the three marks the different in times and the denunciation of a endlessly cycle of humanity.

“A beautiful sociological view on the importance of mundane people and things, the novel tackles philosophical questions like human nature, the inevitability of progress and the struggles of conviction in three beats: humorously, serious politically and poignantly nihilistically, but with a glimmer of hope.

A must read for die-hards of non-hard-science science fiction.”

– William

The major genius move of the book resides in the dichotomy of religion vs science. One thing Miller is trying to convey is that the extreme spectrum of one and the other is what makes the world goes into wars. The author believes that for the self-destruction of humanity to stop, religion and science have to come hand in hand.

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This is basically a book about knowledge with a dark and almost meditative approach. However, the humour did help a lot to bring this story alive.

“Telling the story of the inevitable self-destructive nature of mankind, this bleak three-parter is about knowledge and science through the eyes of religion. The subtle humour interspersed throughout the book alleviates some of the pessimism and makes for an entertaining read.”

– Anton


Have you read this book? What do you think about it ? πŸ™‚



17 responses to “A Canticle for Leibowitz – Book Club”

  1. One of my favourite sci-fi books, not a lot of people understand the humour and the complexity that’s why they can’t keep up with the pace πŸ˜‚

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    • It is a heavy and detailed read πŸ˜‚ But weirdly enough even for me, the most impatient potatoe on earth, I managed to love it so there’s hope!


      • It’s interesting that there is a posthumous sequel. From what I hear, he wrote most of it, but not quite all. Some day I’ll get around to reading it!


  2. You guys decide to choose one of the heaviest books in sci-fi history and I’m so here for it!! πŸ™Œ How can I join this book club and what book you are reading next?

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    • HAHA I don’t think people knew what I got them into to be honest πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ We haven’t discussed how other people can join us but we might do some months trials before we let anyone else in, just to see how this goes 😊 Still don’t know what to read next but the next genre is Non Fiction!


  3. This book would definitely speak to the scholars more than anything, those who seek knowledge and the pursuit of intellect. As a researcher myself, I witnessed a lot of my friends not liking the book simply because of their lack of interest in those subjects.

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  4. I can see why this book is not for everyone. This is not an upbeat book. Miller believes – and argues very convincingly – that we’re condemned to repeat our mistakes and destroy ourselves. But it’s a superbly written story that should be read by not just fans of the genre, but by everyone for the themes it shared.

    Thank you for sharing this post!

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  5. Though I wouldn’t rank this among my favorite books, I did enjoy it and would recommend it, if nothing else, for it’s place in the history of the genre. As you said, it wasn’t an easy read but it did have a lot to say if you stick with it, and the humor really did help keep my interested. I applaude you all for picking this as your first book. Makes me curious to see where you go from here. πŸ™‚


  6. Never read the book, but I think I will soon. After we move states (for the second time in two years, yay me), I’ll find it at the library. Science Fiction is my all time favorite and I hope to write a compelling series in the genre some day. So, if you like science fiction, I highly recommend Bradley’s Darkover series. Um, start with Darkover landfall, not the first written but the first in the series.

    Any advice on starting a bookclub? (IDK if you posted something like that, I’ll check in a few)


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