The Sparrow: A Novel (The Sparrow Series #1) (Paperback)

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In a not so distant future, where the US is not the dominant world
power, positive contact is made with life in another galaxy by a radio
telescope in Puerto Rico. The Jesuits (who else?) mount an expedition to
investigate the discovery.

The reader is engrossed in the building of the ship, interested in the
recruitment and training of the church and lay personell, and spellbound
by the tale related by the only surviving member of the expedition.

This title has been my go-to suggestion for readers who are ready to
step outside their normal fiction boundaries or those readers who never
venture into the SciFi/Fantasy genre.

Mary Doria Russell is an anthropologist by education and her
storytelling reflects those disciplines and observations. A powerful and
haunting novel.

— marla

Description


A visionary work that combines speculative fiction with deep philosophical inquiry, The Sparrow tells the story of a charismatic Jesuit priest and linguist, Emilio Sandoz, who leads a scientific mission entrusted with a profound task: to make first contact with intelligent extraterrestrial life. The mission begins in faith, hope, and beauty, but a series of small misunderstandings brings it to a catastrophic end.
 
Praise for The Sparrow
 
“A startling, engrossing, and moral work of fiction.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“Important novels leave deep cracks in our beliefs, our prejudices, and our blinders. The Sparrow is one of them.”Entertainment Weekly
 
“Powerful . . . The Sparrow tackles a difficult subject with grace and intelligence.”San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Provocative, challenging . . . recalls both Arthur C. Clarke and H. G. Wells, with a dash of Ray Bradbury for good measure.”The Dallas Morning News
 
“[Mary Doria] Russell shows herself to be a skillful storyteller who subtly and expertly builds suspense.”USA Today

About the Author


Mary Doria Russell has been called one of the most versatile writers in contemporary American literature. Widely praised for her meticulous research, fine prose, and compelling narrative drive, she is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Sparrow, Children of God, A Thread of Grace, Dreamers of the Day, Doc, and Epitaph. Dr. Russell holds a Ph.D. in biological anthropology. She lives in Lyndhurst, Ohio.

Praise For…


“A startling, engrossing, and moral work of fiction.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“Important novels leave deep cracks in our beliefs, our prejudices, and our blinders. The Sparrow is one of them.”Entertainment Weekly
 
“Powerful . . . The Sparrow tackles a difficult subject with grace and intelligence.”San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Provocative, challenging . . . recalls both Arthur C. Clarke and H. G. Wells, with a dash of Ray Bradbury for good measure.”The Dallas Morning News
 
“[Mary Doria] Russell shows herself to be a skillful storyteller who subtly and expertly builds suspense.”USA Today
Product Details
ISBN: 9780449912553
ISBN-10: 0449912558
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: September 8th, 1997
Pages: 528
Language: English
Series: The Sparrow Series