Title: The Sparrow
Publisher: Villard Books, Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1996
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition, First Issue.
With all correct points. Review copy with publisher's material laid-in. Light bumping to spine ends. Tiny nick to tail of dj spine, a hiunt of wear at head of dj spine. The author's dazzling debut novel tells the story of linguist Emilio Sandoz, a Jesuit priest, the only surviving member of a team sent to another galaxy to explore the source of extarordinary singing detected by a radio telescope and his first contact with an intelligent extraterrestial life. Bookseller Inventory # 1000199
Synopsis: 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.
Review: This strange, ambitious science fiction novel has already won enough attention for its first-time author to make it a selection by both the Book of the Month and QPB clubs. Father Emilio Sandoz, a Jesuit linguist, heads a team of scientists and explorers on an expedition to the planet Rakhat, where contact has been established with two apparently primitive races, the Runa and the Jana'ata. The narrative shifts back and forth between 2016, when contact is first made, and 2060, to a Vatican inquest interrogating the maimed and broken Sandoz. A palaeoanthropologist, Russell makes the descriptions of the inhabitants of Rakhat both convincing and unsettling.
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