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ISBN13: 9780679451501
ISBN10: 0679451501
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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.

About the Author

Trained as a paleoanthropologist, and the author of scientific articles on subjects ranging from bone biology to cannibalism, Mary Doria Russell received her B.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of Illinois, her M.A. in social anthropology from Northeastern University and her doctorate in biological anthropology from the University of Michigan. After quitting academia and writing computer manuals, she began work on The Sparrow. She lives with her husband and son in Cleveland, Ohio.

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S.Elliott, January 19, 2010 (view all comments by S.Elliott)
hen a book just makes me break down and cry, I know that it is powerful. This book did that to me. As a matter of fact, I’m unsure if I will ever be the same after reading this book. My friend Debbi loaned me her copy nearly 10 years ago; I started to read it and then put it down and forgot about it. Then I got a copy for my birthday this year and devoured it. This book is about God — it’s about faith — it’s about children — it’s about the ethics of invading unknown lands (socially, ecologically, spiritually); it’s about science and religion. And it’s about love. But more than that, it’s an engaging story [the second half more so than the first half] that will totally invade your life and make you crave for someone to talk to after you’re finished.
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scupcat, January 19, 2010 (view all comments by scupcat)
This book really forces you to think. It's not only "what might be out there" (good science fiction) but also of how we approach new cultures and what our preconceived ideas are of what is "good". It streches one's view of compassion and consequences.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679451501
Publisher:
Villard Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Life on other planets
Subject:
Twenty-first century
Subject:
Twenty-first century -- Fiction.
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
27
Publication Date:
c1996
Binding:
Trade Cloth
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
408 p.
Dimensions:
9.57x6.68x1.35 in. 1.53 lbs.

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