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Saturday, April 18, 2009

a canticle?

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en Rantus Corpus ... or, something like that.

* Apr. 18th, 2009 at 2:43 PM

after hearing about it I finally got my hands on A Canticle for Leibowitz. It's brilliant, funny, with sharp dialog. The plotting is clever and telling, a warning of the proliferation of arms, post apocalyptic absurdism, almost.

but it's so heavily dependant on the religious and political structure of the catholic church that i feel as if i'm missing half the story, both in attitude and in actual text.

it feels like an affectionate nod to the church as well as a satire, not only of their structure (and therefore man's penchant to complicate religion) but a comment on man's tendency to worship, or at least lable a mystery, anything he doesn't understand. a bit biting, if taken to mean that man has made a god out of a misunderstood man, and yet very like some people to do so.

it seems like the church is a metaphore for man himself, and there is its brilliance, and the wonderful irony of having a jewish man turn out to be a catholic saint, whose to do list is considered a holy relic, oh, i love it.

but there we go with that darned latin. hey, i'm a southern baptist. the only latin i know is coitus interruptus.

and what the hell is a canticle anyway?
and why should i care?

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[info]ghostposts wrote:
Apr. 18th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
did you follow the link?
if you think it sounds ok i'm gonna cross post it
The Chasetown Arms says:
sounds fine
susie says:
i'm pissed at the world
a perfectly wonderful book and i'm only getting half of the damned thing
The Chasetown Arms says:
lol that is really annoying
susie says:
so much for our local educational system
texas sux
insert really obnoxious lolspeak here
The Chasetown Arms says:
well you have a famous ex governor
susie says:
i reckon ah had thet cummin
The Chasetown Arms says:

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