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A Canticle for Leibowitz Summary
Walter M. Miller, Jr.

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Plot Summary

A Canticle for Leibowitz follows a Catholic monastic order in its 18-century effort to preserve the legacy of human knowledge as mankind repeatedly destroys itself in nuclear flames.

Six centuries ago, the world suffers a Flame Deluge and violently rejects all learning, in the Simplification. A widowed former weapons scientist, Leibowitz, gathers followers and establishes a monastic order dedicated to preserving remnants human knowledge. Leibowitz is martyred and by the 26th century is up for canonization. The world has returned to a hunter-gatherer economy, and the Catholic Church struggling against marauding barbarians and shamans. Young Francis Gerard of Utah and fellow novices spend Lent scattered in the desert, enduring a strict vocational retreat before professing in the Albertine Order of Leibowitz (AOL.) An ancient stranger invades Francis' peace and discloses a long-buried fallout shelter. Novices embellish the story, which the brutal Abbot Arkos wants suppressed. After many tries...

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