High expectations are par for the course with the books on this list. So the heady proclamations that crowd Canticle’s backside, “enduring masterpiece,” “on every sensible list of the half-dozen great novels of the last half of the 20th century,” do not excuse a book that fails to package an appealing plot or any character studies into thirty chapters otherwise consumed by a pessimistically told moralizing tale against nuclear weapons and human hubris.
This book is worth a skip unless you want to tap at the Strangelovian era fear of nuclear hubris. Or if you’re a secret fan of imaginary monastic life and mumbled Latin prayers.
Mama Huhu or Horses and Tigers