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The Sparrow (1996)

av Mary Doria Russell

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6,9023701,061 (4.16)1 / 972
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.… (mer)
  1. 130
    Children of God av Mary Doria Russell (mrstreme)
  2. 122
    A Canticle for Leibowitz av Walter M. Miller Jr. (prezzey)
    prezzey: Both are good solid science fiction novels featuring Roman Catholic monks.
  3. 71
    Speaker for the Dead av Orson Scott Card (sturlington)
    sturlington: Also about first contact with an alien civilization that humans cannot understand.
  4. 72
    A Case of Conscience av James Blish (kevinashley)
    kevinashley: Both of these books deal with the combined issues of first contact with aliens and religion, through the involvement of priests. Both leave open questions, and both are well-written.
  5. 40
    Boken om märkliga nya ting av Michel Faber (GCPLreader)
  6. 30
    Eifelheim av Michael Flynn (aulsmith, vwinsloe)
    aulsmith: Another Catholic priest deals with aliens
    vwinsloe: Religion/first contact
  7. 31
    Under skinnet av Michel Faber (Anonym användare)
  8. 10
    Anathem av Neal Stephenson (quartzite)
    quartzite: Both books deal with key groups of people preparing to meet alien cultures with a bit of theology and philosophy thrown in.
  9. 21
    Tidmaskinen av H. G. Wells (Tanya-dogearedcopy)
    Tanya-dogearedcopy: First Contact sections of both novels are remarkably similar
  10. 11
    Eden av Stanisław Lem (pitjrw)
    pitjrw: A much better book on the uncertainties, misapprehensions, and danger of first contact.
  11. 11
    Himmelrikets nycklar av A. J. Cronin (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: Missionary priests deal with abuse, spiritual questioning and alien cultures
  12. 33
    The Dazzle of Day av Molly Gloss (Rivercrest, vwinsloe)
    Rivercrest: Dazzle of Day explores the trials of community living and community choices in the same context as Sparrow; space flight, alien landscapes and religous exploration. It also has the same deft use of language, visual descriptions and charecter development. And though I love Sparrow and go back to it time and again, I like how the author ends Dazzle of Day better. Enjoy.… (mer)
  13. 22
    Archangel av Sharon Shinn (espertus)
  14. 01
    The Faded Sun Trilogy av C. J. Cherryh (kaydern)
    kaydern: A book equally interested alien anthropology, but with more emphasis on military and sociology of alien-human interaction.
  15. 01
    Black Robe av Brian Moore (amanda4242)
  16. 12
    Hyperion av Dan Simmons (tetrachromat)
    tetrachromat: Both juxtapose religion and science fiction. Hyperion is also [IMHO] a significantly better book.
  17. 01
    Wulfsyarn av Phillip Mann (AlanPoulter)
    AlanPoulter: Both feature an unusual mix of alien contact and religion
  18. 01
    Daniel Stein, Interpreter av Ludmila Oulitskaïa (spiphany)
    spiphany: A central theme of both books is the examination of faith, both within and outside of organized religion
  19. 01
    Bright of the Sky av Kay Kenyon (Anonym användare)
  20. 02
    Stiftelsetrilogin av Isaac Asimov (johnxlibris)

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Why didn't anyone tell me that this is EXACTLY the type of book I love? It was basically written for me.

1. First contact science fiction with space travel-check.
2. Interesting, competent, intelligent female characters-check.
3. Addresses big questions about faith, god, religion, and the universe-check.
4. Tragic and heartbreaking-check.
5. Compelling and suspenseful-check.
6. Amazing writing-check.
7. Reminded me of The Left Hand of Darkness/some of Connie Willis's darker work-check.

It's got it ALL. And it broke my heart. And I loved it. So why only 4 stars?

Here is why I docked it, and I'm going to hide the spoiler because this talks about the ending: I was unable to believe that the Jesuits would think Emilio was in the "brothel" voluntarily. Knowing what they know about history and martyrdom, it was completely obvious that he was there against his will. It didn't ring true for me at all. Also, they never addressed the reason the radio signals were bounced off the moon to my satisfaction.

But that being said, this book is everything I love in a book. And I would love talking about it with anyone, because man was it ever good. I hope the sequel is worth reading. ( )
  readingjag | Nov 29, 2021 |
Warning: this review contains spoilers

***

After decades of searching for alien communications, Earth finally picks up a signal from a planet that will eventually be known as Rakhat. The signal resembles beautiful music, and the quest begins for a way to find this planet. The Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) decides to take on the challenge, sending a crew of eight to the planet . But this first contact won't end well for anyone.

Honestly, I wasn't as captivated by this book as I wanted to be. I appreciated Mary Doria Russell’s attention to the details of the civilization the crew encountered, and the first parts of the story were lovely, how the crew all came together and eventually formed the expedition. Given the current pandemic situation, it was heartwarming to read about cozy dinners with friends where everyone eats good food and drinks good wine and has weighty conversations and teases each other mercilessly. But telling the story in a dual timeline told me enough about the fate of the expedition that I actually did not want to read further — I particularly didn’t want to Anne to die, because she was hilarious, and I also did not want Emilio to have his hands mutilated or to be sold into sexual slavery.

I also feel this book was not really billed properly. Because it's set in space, it's automatically called sci-fi, but it has little of the sci-fi trappings. It’s a philosophical novel that *happens* to be set in space.

And I know this is weird, but historically I have found books about monks boring for some reason, and I'm inclined to think that there's some element of this strange antipathy at work here as well.

If I were to recommend a Mary Doria Russell to start with, I'd recommend Doc over this one. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Sep 24, 2021 |
I picked this up because it was the selection for a book club I joined recently. I found myself pulled in from the beginning and it was one that was difficult to put down. I'm torn between being excited I found this book and disappointed I never stumbled across it sooner, but I'm sticking with the latter.

Russell tells us the story, spanning a 60 year period, in a unique way. The book opens near the end of that period of time and then slowly reveals what happened through flashbacks interspersed with conversations from the present. It allows for some of the mystery to exist throughout the entire book and to build strong connections with the characters.

I loved the characters and the storytelling. The science-fiction setting and dystopian elements were just enough to keep me intrigued even though I don't know that I'd say this book fits squarely into either genre. I definitely recommend it to fans of both.

Trigger warnings: Violence, major character death, sexual assault ( )
  crtsjffrsn | Aug 27, 2021 |
I rarely read in this genre so was pleasantly surprised to find I cared about the characters so much and wanted to learn of their fate. A fascinating and enjoyable read. ( )
  Stephen.Lawton | Aug 7, 2021 |
The Jesuits send an expedition to a new world (not Paraguay, a new ALIEN world). Somehow, both the premise and the book work. ( )
  Pindarix | Jul 15, 2021 |
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On December 7, 2059, Emilio Sandoz was released from the isolation ward of Salvator Mundi Hospital in the middle of the night and transported in a bread van to the Jesuit Residence at Number 5 Borgo Santo Spirito, a few minutes' walk across St. Peter's Square from the Vatican.
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"...Because if I was led by God to love God, step by step, as it seemed, if I accept that the beauty and the rapture were real and true, then the rest of it was God's will too, and that, gentlemen, is cause for bitterness. But if I am simply a deluded ape who took a lot of old folktales far too seriously, then I brought all this on myself and my companions and the whole business becomes farcical, doesn't it. The problem with atheism, I find, under these circumstances," he continued with academic exactitude, each word etched on the air with acid, "is that I have no one to despise but myself. If however, I choose to believe that God is vicious, then at least I have the solace of hating God."
"'Not one sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.'" "But the sparrow still falls," Felipe said.
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