I struggled with this book an interuel to Miller s previous novel A Canticle for Leibowitz The middle third of this mature themed novel was difficult reading but I am satisfied to have finished it At first I couldn t figure out what the book was supposed to be about Then I realized it was really about one man Brother Blacktooth Nimmy St George born a nomad but who joined the monks at the St Leibowitz Abbey in the Southwest desert but who through all his life struggled to find a balance between his culture and his vows his duty to man and duty to God and his human desires Yes he is the main character and so the book was obviously about him but I ept waiting for the book to broaden into a story with broader implications It didn t as the conflicts and grand plans of the supporting characters in the book ultimately fizzled into a literal burnt out state I stopped 84 pages in Life is too short for books you don t enjoyMaybe the fault is mine for trying to read this right after A Canticle for Leibowitz which would be a tough act to follow for anyone including apparently the author who wrote it Perhaps my expectations were just too high This started off well enough with a nice premise about loss of faith but it ind of fizzled after the first two or three chaptersOr perhaps the fact that the author was suicidally depressed and took his own life before he finished it was a factor Another author finished it from a reportedly almost complete manuscript but how complete was it really And how much did the original author s struggle with mental illness factor in Oddly enough I seem to be one of the few people here who enjoyed the seuel much than its predecessor I found A Canticle devoid of much of the human suffering that pervades this book which uestions the conflict between faith and tradition desire and happiness and what it means to be a good human being SLatWHW tackles some heavy moral issues of how best to synthesize your emotions with your scruples in order to lead a godly life and admits that self sacrifice though good for your soul sucks hard I thought this was a good challenging read that helped me understand better how weak people can be emotionally and how heroic it is when we learn to deal with how we feel instead of ignoring our inner selves This book is nowhere as bad as some have made it out to be and indeed had the original Canticle for Leibowitz not been written this book standing alone might have established Miller s reputationMiller s problem was that he hit a grand slam home run in Canticle and he spent the remainder of what must have been a sad and frustrating life trying to get out from under Canticle s shadow For a long time the prevailing view was that he had up writing altogether But the truth was that he spent decades writing that next book what must have been crushing depression that led him to commit suicide in 1996I read somewhere that manuscript left behind was a good one third longer than the finished work and I for one would love to now what was cut out Perhaps one day those texts will become availableMiller was not a one book wonder however
Much His Reputation Rests Upon his reputation rests upon Before Canticle he had written and had published some forty one short stories three of which were edited to create Canticle I refer you the reader to an insightful article by David N Samuelson The Lost Canticles of Walter M Miller Jr published in 1976 and available on line retrospect the popularity of Canticle in the late 1950s and early 1960s was clearing owing Num mundo em luta para superar um terrível legado de escuridão um mundo dividido entre o amor e a violência a bondade e a maldade um homem empreende uma odisseia de aventura e descoberta ue promete alterar não só o seu destino mas também o de toda a HumanidadeIsolado na Abadia de Leibowitz o Irmão Dente Negro St George sofre uma crise de Fé Dividido entre os seus votos e a sua educação Nómada entre a Virgem Santa e aparições da Mulher do Cavalo Selvagem. ,
Around the same time as the second part "of Canticle and is an engrossing story with vivid characters The symbolism and themes are often similar to "Canticle and is an engrossing story with vivid characters The symbolism and themes are often similar to s with similar pessimism dark humor but Miller mean The seuel to A Canticle for Liebowitz was thirty years in the making but unfortunately Miller seems to have forgotten how to write a novel in those decades Many of the moral and ethical arguments that made Canticle so brilliant are still present as is the occasional bit of dry humor but these are overshadowed by long and drug out passages poor plotting and a conclusion that seems to have been hastily written the night before the book went to press the Wild Horse Woman from the title for example virtually never appears in the novel I m still confused as to why her name appears so prominently on the book s spine There is still much to gain from reading Saint Leibowitz and there are passages that will haunt me for years to come like the torturing of Esitt Loyte The book s faults however made such gains painful and too long in the coming My final opinion Saint Leibowitz could have used a couple runs through the typewriter Hard to rate even when I discount the last hundred or so pages written by another hand If I also posit that Walter M Miller rest in peace left an unfinished book behind him whose first four five hundred pages still needed his hand and if I don t blame the book for that then it s a definite four stars It was very interesting to follow Miller to this forty years later which I did out of curiosity and respect for the writer who gave us Canticle This one seemed to me a case of half realised potential with the loss of its author s hand in the end product evident To call this a seuel sets up expectations of it being like Canticle But he s lived forty years between He s changed his views Often since I re read Canticle this same month I thought I saw him putting in the things he now believes he left out of Canticle Revising its ideas It was at times like a commentary on the early book from which I thought he must have felt uite distanced himself Where Canticle has been experienced including by me as a hymn to the Catholic Church in history the Saint and the Horse Woman I don t now how to abbreviate that title is freuently church criticism and satire Where in a group read we spoke of an absence of women here women and also sexuality are very present With loose ends I ll never now what he meant by his running theme of androgyny A complaint of mine in Canticle that his Plains Indian inspired culture is out of a cartoon is well fixed
half the book s on the Plains Nomads unhappy interactions with a conuering state and church The other half is church politicsWith Half The Book S
church politics nomad politics i too feel thepolitics Nomad politics I too feel the can get bogged down in scenes of politics to uncertain end Because we begin with Blacktooth an ex Nomad monk uestioning whether he belongs in the old monastery his visionary search as he blurs Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman of his people I ve seen Blacktooth understood to be Miller s spokesperson for his own loss although it s not a simple loss of faith A pity then that we lose sight of Blacktooth s inner journey for interminable sections and that his story is resolved by another hand than Miller s There s almost no science fiction left It was much like reading a burlesue historical fiction on the medieval church muddled up with the American West Canticle s concerns with science aren t pursued and the post nuclear war setting becomes accidenta. ?cios humanos E é iniciado no mundo dos pecados ue a vida no mosteiro há muito tinha reprimidoPicaresco e apaixonado magnífico sombrio e forçosamente realista São Leibowitz e a Mulher do Cavalo Selvagem é uma obra avassaladora brilhante e plena de mistério misticismo e divina loucura um clássico ue ficará por muito tempo na memória de cada leitorZangado elouente uma fantástica história The New York TimesUm extraordinário romance arrepiantemente eficaz Ti. O the pandemic fear of nuclear annihilation Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman appeared when that fear had largely past although it clearly still obsessed Miller Moreover those issues in Miller s short stories and identified by Samuelson were revisited in much greater detail in Saint Leibowitz Wild Horse WomanHaving praised the book and
given it five stars I do admit I did not find it easy to get into And I doit five stars I do admit I did not find it easy to get into And I do a background summary written by the editor and printed in italicsand Dramatis Personae had been supplied for I did for a while have difficulty eeping straight who was who But on second and closer reading not only were things clearer but sharper and in greater focusI just wish people would put Canticle in the back of their mind when approaching Saint Leibowitz and judge it in the wider context of the themes that appeared in his other thirty eight short stories What the hell happened to Walter M Miller In the 1950 s he was a fairly consistent writer of short stories who ended the decade producing one of "the ite marks of literary post apocolyptic science fiction A Canticle for "kite marks of literary post apocolyptic science fiction A Canticle for Then all of a sudden he produced precisely nothing until this follow up novel 40 years later and this was only published posthumously after he blew his own brains out with a gun and an editor whittled down a sprawling 600 page manuscript by a thirdI had previously read Canticle and it deserves the reputation that led me to hunt it out It s witty erudite unusual and appears to be written by a very smart and funny man with an extensive nowledge of latin Yet that was it for Miller and he only left this frustratingly disappointing seuel before committing suicide That s really sad This novel is not exactly a straight seuel either because Canticle featured three connected novellas that spanned a millenium and this is story is set somewhere between the second and third novella from that earlier volume That means firstly that all the characters are new except one I won t go into that although figures who featured in the previous novel are referenced Tt means that you already now how things turned out after this so it better be a cracking good yarn But it was far from cracking Most of its 400 pages were taken up with complicated exposition detailing the political machinations between the church the controlling state and a multitude of independent clans and it was largely pretty dull When Miller focused on the narrow human travails of his characters most notably Brother Blacktooth it was much interesting but everyone seemed swamped by the wider issues and appeared only indistinctly against the sprawling backdropA shame in every way It was a bit of a slog There were too many characters with multiple and similar sounding names for me to eep them straight I m not sure what the point of the book was Maybe that no one wins in war Walter M Miller committed suicide before completing his seuel to his only other novel A CANTICLE FOR LEIBOWITZ Terry Bisson was hired to edit and finish the book from Miller s outline That hybrid became SAINT LEIBOWITZ AND THE WILD HORSE WOMANThis novel is of a miduel rather than seuel because its events take place 80 years after CANTICLE s part two called Fiat Lux c 3254 AD and 600 years before CANTICLE s part threeSAINT LEIBOWITZ reminded me very much Miller s first and only other novel A Canticle for Liebowitz is rightly regarded as classic This posthumously published seuel is in my opinion just as good as the first a minority view I think The story takes place. Do seu povo está no limite da desgraça e da expulsão da sua Ordem Mas é lhe oferecida uma saída um novo cargo como tradutor do Cardeal Pónei Castanho ue o levará até à eleição litigiosa de um novo Papa e depois numa romagem até à cidade de Nova Roma Viajando por um continente estilhaçado pela Natureza política e guerra Dente Negro é arrastado para as intrigas e conspirações de Pónei Castanho Aguenta então assistir a revoltas assassínios e sacrif?.