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A Novel

Mary Doria Russell

The Sparrow, an astonishing literary debut, takes you on a journey to a distant planet and to the center of the human soul. It is the story of a charismatic Jesuit priest and linguist, Emilio Sandoz, who leads a twenty-first-century scientific mission to a newly discovered extraterrestrial culture. Sandoz and his companions are prepared to endure isolation, hardship and death, but nothing can prepare them for the civilization they encounter, or for the tragic misunderstanding that brings the mission to a catastrophic end. Once considered a living saint, Sandoz returns alone to Earth physically and spiritually maimed, the mission's sole survivor--only to be accused of heinous crimes and blamed for the mission's failure. In clean, effortless prose and with captivating flashes of wit, Russell creates memorable characters who navigate a world of exciting ideas and disturbing moral issues without ever losing their humanity or humor. Both heartbreaking and triumphant, and rich in literary pleasures great and small, The Sparrow is a powerful and haunting book. It is a magical novel, as literate as The Name of the Rose, as farsighted as The Handmaid's Tale and as readable as The Thorn Birds Description from inside jacket
Дата публикации
впервые опубликовано в 1996
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@gallant_dimwit I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this book since I read it.      источник
@DavidDLaCroix a great recommendation! this book is what prompted the question—it's so breathtaking that I couldn't believe I'd never heard of it before and i wonder what other gems I'm missing      источник
@HadasKotek The Sparrow (and then The Nightingale) -- I randomly read these three songbird books in a row a few summers back and they are all great in totally different ways.      источник