The Sparrow
ISBN: 0449912558
EAN13: 9780449912553
Language: English
Publication Date: Sep 8, 1997
Pages: 408
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 7.7" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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ONE OF ENTERTAINMENT WEKLY'S TEN BEST BOKS OF THE YEAR
A NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT . . . Russell shows herself to be a skillful storyteller who subtly and expertly builds suspense.
--USA Today
AN EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE MISED . . . If you have to send a group of people to a newly discovered planet to contact a totally unknown species, whom would you choose? How about four Jesuit priests, a young astronomer, a physician, her engineer husband, and a child prostitute-turned-computer-expert? That's who Mary Doria Russell sends in her new novel, The Sparrow. This motley combination of agnostics, true believers, and misfits becomes the first to explore the Alpha Centuri world of Rakhat with both enlightening and disastrous results. . . . Vivid and engaging . . . An incredible novel.
--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
POWERFUL . . . Father Emilio Sandoz [is] the only survivor of a Jesuit mission to the planet Rakhat, 'a soul . . . looking for God.' We first meet him in Italy . . . sullen and bitter. . . . But he was not always this way, as we learn through flashbacks that tell the story of the ill-fated trip. . . . The Sparrow tackles a difficult subject with grace and intelligence.
--San Francisco Chronicle
SMOTH STORYTELING AND GORGEOUS CHARACTERIZATION . . . Important novels leave deep cracks in our beliefs, our prejudices, and our blinders. The Sparrow is one of them.
--Entertainment Weekly
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