The Sparrow is a novel about a remarkable man, a living saint, a life-long celibate and Jesuit priest, who undergoes an experience so harrowing and profound that it makes him question the existence of God. This experience--the first contact between human beings and intelligent extraterrestrial... show more
The Sparrow is a novel about a remarkable man, a living saint, a life-long celibate and Jesuit priest, who undergoes an experience so harrowing and profound that it makes him question the existence of God. This experience--the first contact between human beings and intelligent extraterrestrial life--begins with a small mistake and ends in a horrible catastrophe.
Publish date: September 9th 1996
Pages no: 408
Edition language: English
Series: The Sparrow (#1)
I loved this book. The two page prologue sets the stage very well. It tells us that Earth learned of an alien planet and, for reasons only hinted at in the prologue, a Jesuit delegation is the first to travel to that planet. The end of the prologue says, “They meant no harm.” Which of course tel...
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell5 Stars and FavoriteAngry at God and the world, sufferring from extreme survivor's guilt and an agony of the soul, Father Emilio Sandoza is the only surviving member of an interplanetary mission to a newly discovered world. When his friend Jimmy discovers radio trans...
46. THE SPARROW, BY MARY DORIA RUSSELL (Book 1 of Sparrow)Another recommendation from Michelle. It was interesting as a science fiction book, but, to be honest, the premise felt very flat to me. I think the biggest reason for that is the fact that I’m a direct descendant from one of the peoples who ...
“Not one sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.” (Matthew 10:29)“But the sparrow still falls.” I think the second sentence in the above quote (from page 401) basically says “shit happens”. It does encapsulate the major theme of the novel quite well I think.The Sparrow is one ...
I don't read a lot of science fiction, but a friend whose taste I trust told me I absolutely had to read this. I was surprised upon reading the description, to learn that a number of the characters within are Jesuits. I'm not particularly religious, but I don't have an aversion to reading about it...
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