History Literature / ACanticleForLeibowitz

25th May '17 9:50:24 PM Az_Tech341
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''A Canticle for Leibowitz'' is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by American Walter M. Miller, Jr., first published in 1960. Based on three short stories Miller contributed to the science fiction magazine ''The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction''; it is the only novel published by the author during his lifetime. Considered one of the classics of science fiction, it has never been out of print and has seen over 25 reprints and editions. Appealing to mainstream and genre critics and readers alike, it won the 1961 Hugo Award for best science fiction novel.

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''A Canticle for Leibowitz'' is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by American Walter M. Miller, Jr., first published in 1960. Based It's based on three short stories Miller contributed to the science fiction magazine ''The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction''; it is the only novel published by the author during his lifetime. Considered one of the classics of science fiction, it has never been out of print and has seen over 25 reprints and editions. Appealing to mainstream and genre critics and readers alike, it won the 1961 Hugo Award for best science fiction novel.
12th May '17 5:11:55 PM Doug86
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* TheBible: As the novel has religious overtones, there are plenty of Biblical references. For instance:

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* TheBible: Literature/TheBible: As the novel has religious overtones, there are plenty of Biblical references. For instance:
25th Apr '17 2:50:33 PM Theriocephalus
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* BlackComedy: Evident throughout the novel, showing the folly of mankind's existence in contrast to the monks' mission.
** The Catholic Church itself is also given this treatment in the novel, whether it's the endless theological disputes or the irony of the "Pope's Children." In addition, each part ends with the events being viewed from the perspective of buzzards [[spoiler:though the end has them replaced with a lucky shark]].

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* BlackComedy: Evident throughout the novel, showing the folly of mankind's existence in contrast to the monks' mission.
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mission. The Catholic Church itself is also given this treatment in the novel, whether it's the endless theological disputes or the irony of the "Pope's Children." Children". In addition, each part ends with the events being viewed from the perspective of buzzards [[spoiler:though the end has them replaced with a lucky shark]].



** The parts titled "Fiat Homo" and "Fiat Lux", which both come from the Creation account in Genesis; and "Fiat Voluntas Tua", which is a line in the Lord's Prayer.

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** The book's three parts are titled "Fiat Homo" and "Fiat Lux", which both come from the Creation account in Genesis; Genesis, and "Fiat Voluntas Tua", which is a line in the Lord's Prayer.



* BilingualBonus: With Latin and even a little Hebrew.
** Also the bits of German used in the intro of "Fiat Voluntas Tua".
* BittersweetEnding: The story chronicles the [[spoiler: second]] rise and fall of civilization, including TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. But this time, [[SaintlyChurch the Church has learned from the past]] and arranged for [[FlingALightIntoTheFuture a starship to be sent out to the Centaurus colony]].

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* BilingualBonus: With Latin and even a little Hebrew.
** Also
Hebrew, and the bits of German used in the intro of "Fiat Voluntas Tua".
* BittersweetEnding: The BittersweetEnding:
** In general, the
story chronicles the [[spoiler: second]] rise and fall of civilization, including TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. But this time, [[SaintlyChurch the Church has learned from the past]] and arranged for [[FlingALightIntoTheFuture a starship to be sent out to the Centaurus colony]].



* EternalEnglish: Averted. "Modern" English is very much a dead language in the future, and must be studied like one. It's implied that, much like Latin after the fall of the Roman Empire, [[LanguageDrift different dialects of English grew and evolved into full-blown, mutually unintelligible languages.]]

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* EternalEnglish: Averted. "Modern" English is very much a dead language in the future, and must be studied like one. It's implied that, much like Latin after the fall of the Roman Empire, [[LanguageDrift different dialects of English grew and evolved into full-blown, mutually unintelligible languages.]]languages]].



** When Brother Francis finds the fallout shelter at the beginning of the book, he thinks it was meant as a prison to hold a terrible monster called a Fallout, as by that point no-one remembered what nuclear fallout actually ''was'', and folk myth had given the name to a race of terrible demons born from the Flame Deluge.



** The circumstances behind the Flame Deluge and its immediate aftermath, such as who the US President was at the time or who fired first, are hotly contested. Yet ''every'' monk seems to take for granted that Leibowitz's wife had a gold tooth.

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** The circumstances behind the Flame Deluge and its immediate aftermath, such as who the US U.S. President was at the time or who fired first, are hotly contested. Yet ''every'' monk seems to take for granted that Leibowitz's wife had a gold tooth.
9th Apr '17 8:32:10 PM Timurlame
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* LiteralMetaphor: The Old Jew in Dom Paulo's time claims to be several thousand years old, but it's established that, as the Diaspora is even more thinly scattered than ever, he may be the only Jew for hundreds of miles, and copes by seeing himself as the embodiment of all Jewish history. Whether he is ''also'' the immortal Wandering Jew is ambiguous.

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* LiteralMetaphor: The Old Jew in Dom Paulo's time claims to be several thousand years old, but it's established that, that as the Diaspora is even more thinly scattered than ever, he may be the only Jew for hundreds if not thousands of miles, and miles. Thus, he copes with his isolation by seeing himself as the embodiment of all Jewish history. Whether he is ''also'' the immortal Wandering Jew is ambiguous.
18th Mar '17 3:26:17 PM SorPepita
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* NoOSHACompliance: One of the monks ends up blinded, because he was manually operating an arc lamp withou proper eye protection. Nobody even ''knew'' how damaging it will be for his eyes, so he ended up operating the lamp for few days.

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* NoOSHACompliance: One of the monks ends up blinded, because he was manually operating an arc lamp withou without proper eye protection. Nobody even ''knew'' how damaging it will be for his eyes, so he ended up operating the lamp for few days.



* PersecutedIntellectuals: Part of the aftermath of global nuclear war. After the enraged survivors slaughter the scientists who developed the bombs, they begin to target other scientists...and then other scholars...and then anyone with a formal education...and finally, anyone who could ''read.'' The result is a society where it's dangerous to admit that you know how to read and ultimately, the collapse of society itself.

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* PersecutedIntellectuals: Part of the aftermath of global nuclear war. After the enraged survivors slaughter the scientists who developed the bombs, they begin to target other scientists... and then other scholars...scholars... and then anyone with a formal education...education... and finally, anyone who could ''read.'' The result is a society where it's dangerous to admit that you know how to read and ultimately, the collapse of society itself.



* ShoutOut: the fourth-season finale for ''Babylon5'' (filmed when it was confirmed there would be a fifth season) hints at the future of humanity and how the legends of the show's heroes would endure. The third part occurs after a planetary civil war, where a monastery secretly run by The Rangers is attempting to re-introduce technology. [=JMS=] realized [[http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/guide/088.html#JS halfway through writing the script]] that he was "channeling ''Canticle''" but left it in as a homage.

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* ShoutOut: the The fourth-season finale for ''Babylon5'' (filmed when it was confirmed there would be a fifth season) hints at the future of humanity and how the legends of the show's heroes would endure. The third part occurs after a planetary civil war, where a monastery secretly run by The Rangers is attempting to re-introduce technology. [=JMS=] realized [[http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/guide/088.html#JS halfway through writing the script]] that he was "channeling ''Canticle''" but left it in as a homage.
18th Mar '17 3:10:58 PM SorPepita
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* FeudalFuture: Justified, seeing that an Age of Simplification leads to a new dark age.



* FeudalFuture: Justified, seeing that an Age of Simplification leads to a new dark age.
18th Mar '17 3:06:54 PM SorPepita
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Inspired by the author's participation in the Allied bombing of the monastery at Monte Cassino during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the novel is considered a masterpiece by literary critics. It has been compared favorably with the works of Creator/EvelynWaugh, Creator/GrahamGreene, and Creator/WalkerPercy, and its themes of religion, recurrence, and church versus state have generated a significant body of scholarly research. Miller's follow-up work, ''Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman'', was published posthumously in 1997.

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Inspired by the author's participation in the Allied bombing of the monastery at Monte Cassino during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the novel is considered a masterpiece by literary critics. It has been compared favorably with the works of Creator/EvelynWaugh, Creator/GrahamGreene, and Creator/WalkerPercy, Walker Percy, and its themes of religion, recurrence, and church versus state have generated a significant body of scholarly research. Miller's follow-up work, ''Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman'', was published posthumously in 1997.
4th Feb '17 8:03:11 AM Jan_z_Michal
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* AntiIntellectualism: Simplification turned it to radical extreme, ending with hunting down people capable of reading. The fallout of the movement kept humanity on its knees for ''centuries''.
4th Feb '17 6:14:29 AM Kalaong
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->Let us stone and disembowel and burn the ones who did this thing. Let us make a holocaust of those who wrought this crime, together with their hirelings and their wise men; burning, let them perish, and all their works, their names, and even their memories. Let us destroy them all, and teach our children that the world is new, that they may know nothing of the deeds that went before. Let us make a great simplification, and then the world shall begin again.

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->Let us stone and disembowel and burn the ones who did this thing. Let us make a holocaust of those who wrought this crime, together with their hirelings and their wise men; burning, let them perish, and all their works, their names, and even their memories. Let us destroy them all, and teach our children that the world is new, that they may know nothing of the deeds that went before. Let us make a great simplification, and then the world shall begin again.



** The narration regarding the Simpletons and the last days of the pre-Deluge world reads like a liturgical sermon that would be more fitting for Martin Luther's time than Martin Luther King's. Hilariously enough, the Simpletons' rallying cry, which managed to survive intact down the generations, sounds much more like what working-class Americans would say.

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** The narration regarding the Simpletons and the last days of the pre-Deluge world reads like a liturgical sermon that would be more fitting for Martin Luther's time than Martin Luther King's. Hilariously King's;
--->Let us stone and disembowel and burn the ones who did this thing. Let us make a holocaust of those who wrought this crime, together with their hirelings and their wise men; burning, let them perish, and all their works, their names, and even their memories. Let us destroy them all, and teach our children that the world is new, that they may know nothing of the deeds that went before. Let us make a great simplification, and then the world shall begin again.
***Hilariously
enough, the Simpletons' rallying cry, which managed to survive intact down the generations, sounds much more like what working-class Americans would say.
4th Feb '17 6:13:20 AM Kalaong
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-->Simpletons! Yes, yes! I'm a simpleton! Are you a simpleton? We'll build a town and we'll name it Simple Town, because by then all the smart bastards that caused all this, they'll be dead! Simpletons! Let's go! This ought to show 'em! Anybody here not a simpleton? Get the bastard, if there is!

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-->Simpletons! --->Simpletons! Yes, yes! I'm a simpleton! Are you a simpleton? We'll build a town and we'll name it Simple Town, because by then all the smart bastards that caused all this, they'll be dead! Simpletons! Let's go! This ought to show 'em! Anybody here not a simpleton? Get the bastard, if there is!


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* InsultBackfire: The "Simplification" didn't really swing into high gear until some of the last scholars called the rampaging mobs "bloodthirsty simpletons."
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