The Sparrow

The Sparrow - The Sparrow Series

Ballantine Books trade paperback edition

Paperback (08 Sep 1997) | English

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A visionary work that combines speculative fiction with deep philosophical inquiry, The Sparrow tells the story of a charismatic Jesuit priest and linguist, Emilio Sandoz, who leads a scientific mission entrusted with a profound task: to make first contact with intelligent extraterrestrial life. The mission begins in faith, hope, and beauty, but a series of small misunderstandings brings it to a catastrophic end.

Praise for The Sparrow

"A startling, engrossing, and moral work of fiction."-The New York Times Book Review

"Important novels leave deep cracks in our beliefs, our prejudices, and our blinders. The Sparrow is one of them."-Entertainment Weekly

"Powerful . . . The Sparrow tackles a difficult subject with grace and intelligence."-San Francisco Chronicle

"Provocative, challenging . . . recalls both Arthur C. Clarke and H. G. Wells, with a dash of Ray Bradbury for good measure."-The Dallas Morning News

"[Mary Doria] Russell shows herself to be a skillful storyteller who subtly and expertly builds suspense."-USA Today

Book information

ISBN: 9780449912553
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Imprint: Ballantine
Pub date:
Edition: Ballantine Books trade paperback edition
DEWEY: 813.54
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 516
Weight: 340g
Height: 216mm
Width: 140mm
Spine width: 25mm