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The Fall Of A Sparrow: A NOVEL

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A book by Robert Hellenga

Robert Hellenga's superb debut,The Sixteen Pleasures, took the reader to 1960s Florence--a place of floods, fine art, and erotic discovery. His new novel,The Fall of a Sparrow, also opens in Italy, now transformed by the onslaught of terrorism. By 1980, … see full wiki

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Author: Robert Hellenga
Publisher: Scribner
1 review about The Fall Of A Sparrow: A NOVEL

A complex narrative that ventures to engage our intellect .

  • Sep 28, 1998
Rating:
+5
Robert Hellenga offers us not only a well constructed tale of intrigue as played out on a family level, he has obviously spent time with his characters - developing people who are unique, memorable, understandable in their motivation, and well strung on his terse and tense rope of story telling. In the times in which we find ourselves it is refreshing to accompany Hellenga on his journey, his characters' self-exploration, all the while gracing his pages with allegory and metaphor, and the glory of not only the English language but also Greek, Persian, and Italian. The minor weaknesses of this book are so thoroughly compensated for by the sheer joy of his prose. This is a book to read slowly, think through quietly, and finish more enlightend about myriad details we skip in our too rapid daily routine.

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