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Margaret Hines has commented on (2) products.

The Sparrow (Ballantine Reader's Circle) by Mary Doria Russell
The Sparrow (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

Margaret Hines, January 19, 2012

The beautiful descriptive prose of Mary Doria Russell takes the reader back and forth effortlessly between the past and present in this future tale of the discovery of a planet like Earth. This time travel allows the reader to understand the spiritual torment of Emilio Sandoz, a Jesuit priest, who made the journey to the planet and the future and returned to his past on Earth. I could scarcely put this book down. I felt as though I were there and could see the settings and feel the emotions of the characters. This, and its sequel, are books I shall read again.
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The Sparrow (Ballantine Reader's Circle) by Mary Doria Russell
The Sparrow (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

Margaret Hines, September 1, 2011

This beautifully written story of a Jesuit priest's spiritual battle, spread out over time and space, totally captivated me. The characters are well developed and became as important to me as to Emilio Sandoz. The transition between the "present" 2045 and the "past" 2020 keeps the suspense at high pitch. Sandoz's personal struggles with God and misunderstandings between cultures and people are the main theme of this story, which Mary Doria Russell handles with delicacy and compassion. I was so riveted by the book that I immediately read the sequel, written several years later by Russell, "Children of God."
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