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The Sparrow

8 Ratings: 4.3
A book by Mary Doria Russell

In 2019, humanity finally finds proof of extraterrestrial life when a listening post in Puerto Rico picks up exquisite singing from a planet which will come to be known as Rakhat. While United Nations diplomats endlessly debate a possible first contact … see full wiki

Author: Mary Doria Russell
Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Date Published: April 04, 2008
3 reviews about The Sparrow
review by . May 25, 2008
Pros: Riveting story, vivid characters, unusual premise.     Cons: There are some adult situations that could be disturbing for a younger reader.     The Bottom Line: The Sparrow is a moving and beautifully told tale. It will make the reader laugh and cry and ultimately sigh.     There are several stories that share the impact of the first communication from an otherworldly source. Most notably, Carl Sagan's Contact tells of this contact …
review by . January 30, 2008
Of the 100 or so books I read in 2007, this is the one which affected me most. Thought-provoking and gripping, I still find myself thinking about the questions it raises.    It's a terrific book, on many levels. An engrossing story, engaging characters, fascinating premise - I was riveted throughout. It's impossible to categorize this book - classifying it as science fiction (it's about an exploratory mission to a newly discovered planet in the Alpha Centauri star system) doesn't …
review by . May 23, 2000
Set in the near future (early to mid-twenty first century) this tale recounts the efforts of a small group of idealistic, highly liberal and mostly religious aging baby boomers to find extra-terrestrial intelligence (and God) on another world. A magnificent blend of science and philosophical fiction, it's written in two parallel streams which recount, alternately, what happened after and during the doomed expedition to the distant planet of Rakhat, an expedition which grew from the near-miraculous …
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