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The Sparrow de Mary Doria Russell
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The Sparrow (original: 1996; edição: 1997)

de Mary Doria Russell

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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.… (mais)
Membro:Krzys
Título:The Sparrow
Autores:Mary Doria Russell
Informação:Ballantine Books (1997), Paperback, 408 pages
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The Sparrow de Mary Doria Russell (1996)

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Bibliotecas HistóricasTim Spalding
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    Children of God de Mary Doria Russell (mrstreme)
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    A Canticle for Leibowitz de Walter M. Miller Jr. (prezzey)
    prezzey: Both are good solid science fiction novels featuring Roman Catholic monks.
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    Speaker for the Dead de Orson Scott Card (sturlington)
    sturlington: Also about first contact with an alien civilization that humans cannot understand.
  4. 72
    A Case of Conscience de 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. 30
    Eifelheim de Michael Flynn (aulsmith, vwinsloe)
    aulsmith: Another Catholic priest deals with aliens
    vwinsloe: Religion/first contact
  6. 30
    The Book of Strange New Things de Michel Faber (GCPLreader)
  7. 21
    The Time Machine de H. G. Wells (Tanya-dogearedcopy)
    Tanya-dogearedcopy: First Contact sections of both novels are remarkably similar
  8. 21
    Under the Skin de Michel Faber (Usuário anônimo)
  9. 10
    Anathem de 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.
  10. 11
    The Keys of the Kingdom de A. J. Cronin (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: Missionary priests deal with abuse, spiritual questioning and alien cultures
  11. 11
    Eden de Stanisław Lem (pitjrw)
    pitjrw: A much better book on the uncertainties, misapprehensions, and danger of first contact.
  12. 33
    The Dazzle of Day de 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.… (mais)
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    Archangel de Sharon Shinn (espertus)
  14. 01
    The Faded Sun Trilogy de 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: A Novel de Brian Moore (amanda4242)
  16. 12
    Hyperion de Dan Simmons (tetrachromat)
    tetrachromat: Both juxtapose religion and science fiction. Hyperion is also [IMHO] a significantly better book.
  17. 01
    Wulfsyarn de Phillip Mann (AlanPoulter)
    AlanPoulter: Both feature an unusual mix of alien contact and religion
  18. 01
    Daniel Stein, Interpreter de Ludmila Ulitskaya (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 de Kay Kenyon (Usuário anônimo)
  20. 02
    The Foundation Trilogy de Isaac Asimov (johnxlibris)

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A novel that goes beyond its genre. ( )
  illmunkeys | Apr 22, 2021 |
I know I am among the minority here, but I did not like this book much. I loved the premises of it, but I think it was poorly written: for a sci-fi book, its science can make anyone with a very basic understanding of math and science cry out in desperation.

Then, for a philosophical book on God and religion, it did not offer much more than the ethics of celibacy. Oh, so the alien children came to Emilio as if to Jesus in the bible… Well, I was constantly told about Emilio’s transcendence and connection with the divine, yet I never “saw” it. And I don’t want to say that I didn’t sympathize with Emilio’s pain and rage at “God”, but again I never really sympathized with Emilio, the man/character.

The final failure of this book is the one sided examination of the encounter between these two alien cultures. Yes, it is about cultural misunderstandings and the tragic consequences of it. But cultural differences are not as black and white as this.

This one is going into the list of books that Coulda and Shoulda had been good. Too bad it didn't deliver.
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  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
got this book as a pre-release when I worked at a book store. I don't remember a thing about this book except extreme loathing. I remember being mad that I read it for weeks. ( )
  curious_squid | Apr 5, 2021 |
The sparrow is a bit of a detour from my usual reading habits, and uh... it would have been better to stay the course.

There was simply no life to be found in these pages.

I give it points for good world-building and future prediction. And the anthropological dimensions of the alien encounter were well done; specifically, the relation of language to culture was handled expertly and provoked thought. But that was about the only thing that did. The writing was utterly pedestrian. There was no exciting prose, no memorable authorial voice or point of view. The characters were stock and spoke like computer imitations of stereotypes.

The weighty spiritual questions (much vaunted by the book's blurbs) that supposedly make up the core concern of the novel were handled with zero nuance. Our protagonist, a troubled priest, sure did a lot of thinking about: is god responsible for cruel outcomes as he is for good ones? Oh yes why don't we ask it 3,000 times over 500 pages. The priest's associate discovers alien life? Oh yes, it is providence. Praise be. Our hero's friends die? Oh no, it is possible that He is responsible. Oh no, how horrifying. Let's draw this out over the course of a novel.

Other gripes: many characters had no interior lives, the author seemed more concerned with the logistical challenges faced by the characters than moral dilemmas, the colonialism subtext was both heavy-handed and completely underutilized. And please, for the love of god, SHOW DON'T TELL. Scenes that should have been deeply moving were narrated with the detail-rich affectlessness of a police report.

I get it, different genres have different pleasures.... but this book straight up sucked and it would take a divine miracle to convince me otherwise. ( )
  trotta | Mar 4, 2021 |
This one didn't really get good and interesting until about halfway through, and I nearly abandoned it a time or two. In the end, it's worthwhile, but so far I've much preferred Russell's historical fictions about the old west. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
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Nome do autorFunçãoTipo de autorObra?Status
Russell, Mary Doriaautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
diBondone, GiottoArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Viernne, BéatriceTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado

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