The back of my copy in hand lists an excerpt from The New York Times review, "Angry, eloquent... a terrific story." I can't disagree with that. A Canticle for Leibowitz is bleak assessment of humanity in a continual cycle of self-destruction and struggle for survival, with strong themes on information literacy, morality, and anti-intellectualism.
I think I would have been far happier reading it... maybe last year. However, it is definitely worth reading and I'm glad I got to it.
Somehow Samuel R. Delany managed to stay under my radar for most of my life. Reading about him and his works, I feel like the fact that I have yet to read any thing by him is absurd.
In Bellona, reality has come unglued, and a mad civilization takes root A young half–Native American known as the Kid has hitchhiked from Mexico to the midwestern city Bellona—only something is wrong there . . . In Bellona, the shattered city, a nameless cataclysm has left reality unhinged. Into this desperate metropolis steps the Kid, his fist wrapped in razor-sharp knives, to write, to love, to wound. So begins Dhalgren , Samuel R. Delany’s masterwork, which in 1975 opened a new door for what science fiction could mean. A labyrinth of a novel, it raises questions about race, sexuality, identity, and art, but gives no easy answers, in a city that reshapes itself with each step you take.
This sounds exactly like a book I will love, and hopefully that proves true for the September Virtual Speculation pick.
I'm both really enjoying and hating this read, and I definitely think that current... "politics" are tying to that dissonance. Reads a little dry at times, but overall it's a worthwhile post-apocalyptic/post-modern civilization read. Also, while it makes sense to have snippets of Latin interwoven, particularly for benedictions, I have no clue what any of it means and I'm never reading where I can toss it quickly into a translator.