Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman

Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman

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It has been nearly forty years since Walter M. Miller, Jr., shocked and dazzled readers with his provocative bestseller and enduring classic,A Canticle for Leibowitz.  Now, in one of the most eagerly awaited publishing events of our time, here is Miller's masterpiece, an epic intellectual and emotional tour de force that will stand beside1984, Brave New World,andA Canticle for Leibowitz. In a world struggling to transcend a terrifying legacy of darkness--a world torn between love and violence, good and evil--one man undertakes an odyssey of adventure and discovery that promises to alter not only his destiny but the destiny of humankind as well. . . . Millennia have passed since the Flame Deluge, yet society remains fragmented, pockets of civilization besieged by barbarians.  The Church is in turmoil, the exiled papacy struggling to survive in its Rocky Mountain refuge.  To the south, tyranny is on the march.  Imperial Texark troops, bent on conquest, are headed north into the lands of the Nomads, spreading terror in their wake. Meanwhile, isolated in Leibowitz Abbey, Brother Blacktooth St. George suffers a crisis of faith.  Torn between his vows and his Nomad upbringing, between the Holy Virgin and visions of the Wild Horse Woman of his people, he stands at the brink of disgrace and expulsion from his order.  But he is offered an escape--of sorts: a new assignment as a translator for Cardinal Brownpony, which will take him to the contentious election of a new pope and then on a pilgrimage to the city of New Rome.  Journeying across a continent divided by nature, politics, and war, Blacktooth is drawn into Brownpony's intrigues and conspiracies.  He bears witness to rebellion, assassination, and human sacrifice.  And he is introduced to the sins that monastery life has long held at bay. This introduction comes in the form of AEdrea, a beautiful but forbidden "genny" living among the deformed and mutant castouts in Texark's most hostile terrain.  As Blacktooth encounters her again and again on his travels--in the flesh, in rumors of miraculous deeds, and in the delirium of fever--he begins to wonder if AEdrea is a she-devil, the Holy Mother, or the Wild Horse Woman herself. Picaresque and passionate, magnificent, dark, and compellingly real,Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Womanis a brutal, brilliant, thrilling tale of mystery, mysticism, and divine madness, a classic that will long endure in every reader's memory.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1997
ISBN: 9780553107043
Branch Call Number: SF MIL
Characteristics: 434 p. : map ; 25 cm

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Aug 30, 2016

I believe this book was set between the second and third "short stories" that make up A Canticle for Liebowitz. It explores the bleak world more thoroughly as the monks enter the political world of the Church.

It's a good book, but it's not gripping (IMO, parts of Canticle were) and it sometimes drags - possibly because it's three times as long as any of the stories in Canticle. Also, the author chose not to follow up on some of the question I would have liked answered.

Jul 18, 2016

If you read and loved Canticle for Leibowitz and loved it you'll be delighted with this sequel or continuation released several decades later. One of the better scenarios depicting man and his addiction to the metaphysical and his determination to capture it in doctrines.

Aug 17, 2011

Excellent! Though I would not consider this a sequel to 'A Canticle for Leibowitz.' Rather than a continuation it is a new story set in the same environment, time or historical arc of 'Canticle.'

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