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The Sparrow (1996)

af 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.… (mere)
  1. 130
    Children of God af Mary Doria Russell (mrstreme)
  2. 122
    En messe for Leibowitz af Walter M. Miller Jr. (prezzey)
    prezzey: Both are good solid science fiction novels featuring Roman Catholic monks.
  3. 71
    Speaker for the Dead af Orson Scott Card (sturlington)
    sturlington: Also about first contact with an alien civilization that humans cannot understand.
  4. 72
    Paradis-planeten af 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 af Michael Flynn (aulsmith, vwinsloe)
    aulsmith: Another Catholic priest deals with aliens
    vwinsloe: Religion/first contact
  6. 30
    The Book of Strange New Things af Michel Faber (GCPLreader)
  7. 21
    Tidsmaskinen af H. G. Wells (Tanya-dogearedcopy)
    Tanya-dogearedcopy: First Contact sections of both novels are remarkably similar
  8. 21
    Under the Skin af Michel Faber (Anonym bruger)
  9. 10
    Anathem af 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
    Himmeriges Nøgler af A. J. Cronin (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: Missionary priests deal with abuse, spiritual questioning and alien cultures
  11. 11
    Eden af Stanisław Lem (pitjrw)
    pitjrw: A much better book on the uncertainties, misapprehensions, and danger of first contact.
  12. 33
    The Dazzle of Day af 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.… (mere)
  13. 22
    Archangel af Sharon Shinn (espertus)
  14. 01
    The Faded Sun Trilogy af 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 af Brian Moore (amanda4242)
  16. 12
    Hyperion af Dan Simmons (tetrachromat)
    tetrachromat: Both juxtapose religion and science fiction. Hyperion is also [IMHO] a significantly better book.
  17. 01
    Wulfsyarn af Phillip Mann (AlanPoulter)
    AlanPoulter: Both feature an unusual mix of alien contact and religion
  18. 01
    Daniel Stein, Interpreter af 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 af Kay Kenyon (Anonym bruger)
  20. 02
    The Foundation Trilogy af Isaac Asimov (johnxlibris)

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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 |
This is perhaps the most disturbing book I've ever enjoyed. Russell painstakingly doles out the events of the Rakhat mission in an excruciatingly anticipatory, yet frequently surprising, way. It's like watching a train wreck in slow motion, just knowing that the engine is about to explode, only to witness the caboose explode instead. Followed by the engine. Knowing from the beginning that Emilio is the only survivor of the mission just adds critical mass.

The first two thirds of this story made me think of [b:A Canticle for Leibowitz|164154|A Canticle for Leibowitz|Walter M. Miller Jr.|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1329408540s/164154.jpg|250975], with its sense of purpose in authority and tradition despite the lack of candor and clarity about that purpose. However, as I neared the end I found myself thinking more about [b:A Prayer for Owen Meany|4473|A Prayer for Owen Meany|John Irving|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1260470010s/4473.jpg|1734019] and the opaque assurance of a presumed reason for present tragedy. I'm always a bit confounded by stories of people who have faith that there's something to have faith in, even though they don't know what that is. (I would be remiss not to also draw a link to Shepherd Book's dying exhortation to Mal in Serenity, "I don't care what you believe. Just believe in it.")

From a character perspective, I was most surprised by Voelker. Emilio was stretched as far as he could go, but ultimately he proves to be (at least somewhat) elastic. Voelker simply breaks. ( )
  octoberdad | Dec 16, 2020 |
I am utterly wrecked by this book. Disgraced priest Emilio Sandoz returns from an unsuccessful mission to another planet, and his story emerges: a devastating story of faith and science and colonialism and God. I do not regret reading this book, but I need to pull back and reflect for a bit. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
Science fiction readers might be disappointed by this book, because the focus on the book is on the main character Emilio's religious faith. As the book opens, chapters alternate between introducing a cast of characters who will undertake a mission to the newly discovered planet of Rakhat and introducing a collection of Jesuits back on Earth who will try to penetrate the spiritual, psychological, physical, and perhaps even moral injuries sustained by Emilio when he returns the sole survivor of the mission. These opening chapters feel slow. The variety of characters introduced and their realistic interactions kept me reading, but the heavy-handed hints of the mission's disaster were clumsy by comparison. However, once the novel finally starts depicting the mission, the story behind the misunderstandings and mistakes which doomed their party was compellingly told, with the perfect levels of foreshadowing and detail. The ending was dramatic and felt earned.

Yet, the themes of the book left me a little uninterested. Politics, linguistics, and the alien culture seem like pale afterthoughts to the novel, which instead is interested in exploring the Catholic Church and the characters' religious beliefs and feelings. There are some interesting parallels set up. For example, the aliens' restrictive customs surrounding reproduction could be compared to the Catholic Church's celibacy requirement. There are also potential parallels to consider involving how institutions and culture interact to affect wide groups of people. Yet ultimately, Emilio's recovery is centered around his faith, not around his health or his psyche, and I just wasn't as interested in this as the novel was.

This asymmetry in the novel's attention also undermines the plot and the world-building. One commenter in the LT forums compared the novel's plot to the Jesuit interactions with the Huron people in North America. Reading the novel lead me to learn more about this fascinating historical story, so I am thankful. But the real historical story there is much more interesting and morally subtle than the plot involving the alien planet in The Sparrow. Perhaps these dynamics between missionaries/explorers and indigenous populations could have been more deeply examined in a novel that was not so tightly focused on the main character's religious faith. ( )
  Kanarthi | Nov 11, 2020 |
Jesuits in space, they said. faith and first contact, they said. you know what they didn't say, though? ANYTHING ABOUT THE CRAZINESS, THE DEPRESSION AND THE CRAZY DEPRESSION. WILLIKERS.


I would recommend this book completely, but I advise having a reading buddy; I wouldn't have made it through the last quarter of the book without Erin cheering me along and commiserating with my pain. APPARENTLY I HAD A LOT OF IT. ( )
  kickthebeat | Nov 1, 2020 |
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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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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.

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