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Walter M. Miller, Jr. (1923–1996)

Auteur van Een loflied voor Leibowitz

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Miller's participation in the bombing of Casino, Italy, during World War II apparently had a lasting impact on the writer, for his only novel, A Canticle for Leibowitz (1960), is rife with images of massive destruction caused by war. Miller began writing short stories in 1950 while recovering from toon meer an automobile accident, and most of his writing was done between 1950 and 1960. Often regarded as one of the best science fiction novels ever written, A Canticle for Leibowitz is a complex, beautifully written book that traces human history from a twentieth-century nuclear war forward to another war in a.d. 3781. It stands as one of the best examples of the fear that millions of people have of the power of nuclear weapons and the aftermath of nuclear holocaust. Richly symbolic and multilayered, the novel lends itself to critical commentary more than do most popular works of literature. Critic John B. Ower remarks that, perhaps because of his conversion to Catholicism, "Miller's religious belief is complex and comprehensive enough to contain within itself the dark misgivings, the ironies, and the ambiguities of our deeply disturbed century." (Bowker Author Biography) toon minder

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Werken van Walter M. Miller, Jr.

Een loflied voor Leibowitz (1955) 11,669 exemplaren
The Best of Walter M. Miller, Jr. (1980) 379 exemplaren
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Check And Checkmate (2010) 7 exemplaren
Dumb Waiter [short story] (1952) 5 exemplaren
A Canticle For Leibowitz {story} (1955) — Auteur — 5 exemplaren
Dark Benediction [short story] (1951) 5 exemplaren
It Takes A Thief (1952) 5 exemplaren
The Ties That Bind (2010) 5 exemplaren
MillemondiEstate 1995 3 exemplaren
The Big Hunger (1952) 3 exemplaren
Way of a Rebel (2015) 3 exemplaren
The Will (1953) 3 exemplaren
Blood Bank (1952) 3 exemplaren
I, Dreamer [short story] (1953) 2 exemplaren
The Last Canticle {novella} (1957) 2 exemplaren
God Is Thus {story} — Auteur — 1 exemplaar
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Second Round: A Canticle For Leibowitz (Miller) in Consensus Press (november 2022)
Leibowitz: what's the appeal? in Consensus Press (oktober 2022)
A Canticle for Leibowitz (Book 10) discussion in Group Reads - Sci-Fi (februari 2014)

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I read 3 of the 14 short stories:

1. You Triflin' Skunk!
2. The Will
3. Dark Benediction

Dark Benediction was the only one I liked. I'm generally not a fan of short stories.
 
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MXMLLN | 3 andere besprekingen | Jan 12, 2024 |
Not a thriller, but an emotional pressure cooker. This story takes place in the interim between the beginning and end of "A Canticle for Leibowitz"; it seems to describe the difficulties of recovering the lost civilization. While there's a lot of pessimism in this book, Miller does give us a relatively believable structure for the various attempts at a new civilization. Sadly, he doesn't give us much hope for any quick revival. What made the story tolerable for me, and kept me reading, was the in-depth exploration of the mental and emotional states of most of the characters--most of it pretty dark, but sadly realistic.… (meer)
½
 
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majackson | 9 andere besprekingen | Nov 29, 2023 |
She leaned close to whisper behind her hand. “I need be giving shriv’ness to Him, as well.”
The priest recoiled slightly. “To whom? I don’t understand.”
“Shriv’ness-to Him who made me as I am,” she whimpered. But then a slow smile spread her mouth. “I-I never forgave Him for it.”
“Forgive God? How can you-? He is just. He is Justice, He is Love. How can you say-?”
Her eyes pleaded with him. “Mayn’t an old tumater woman forgive Him just a little for His Justice? Afor I be asking His shriv’ness on me?”


A book about hope, death, suffering, endings, nostalgia, heritage, preservation, change, what actually matters, whether a small group of people has the power to change the world, tradition, and other stuff that I'm bad at articulating. Pretty depressing too. It gives an amazing sense of time passing, of how things change, how people forget and remember. The society presented feels real.

I came away with a feeling of just how important nuclear disarmament is, how important peace is, how disgusting justifications for war are. I feel like there's more to say but it's hard to articulate, there's a lot to think about that feels like it needs an essay to put into words.

The ending is a little weird and it's really depressing sometimes and the Latin can be a bit confusing with no translation (BUT whenever it's key to the story it's translated) but otherwise it's great.

Also, I will say that although they get only minimal mention in the book: I have strong sympathy for the "Simpletons" (very minor early spoiler) who burned the books.
… (meer)
 
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tombomp | 304 andere besprekingen | Oct 31, 2023 |
This is my book. I hardly ever read books twice, but I've read this at least four times. I'm not sure I can write anything about it that would be useful for another person. I find it utterly wrenching, sorrowful, human.
 
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