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THE SPARROW

Russell, Mary Doria.

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ISBN 10: 0679451501 / ISBN 13: 9780679451501
Published by Villard., NY:, 1996
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. Author's first novel, with correct first state dust jacket. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 18402

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Title: THE SPARROW

Publisher: Villard., NY:

Publication Date: 1996

Edition: 1st edition

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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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In 2019, humanity finally finds proof of extraterrestrial life when a listening post in Puerto Rico picks up exquisite singing from a planet which will come to be known as Rakhat. While United Nations diplomats endlessly debate a possible first contact mission, the Society of Jesus quietly organizes an eight-person scientific expedition of its own. What the Jesuits find is a world so beyond comprehension that it will lead them to question the meaning of being "human." When the lone survivor of the expedition, Emilio Sandoz, returns to Earth in 2059, he will try to explain what went wrong... Words like "provocative" and "compelling" will come to mind as you read this shocking novel about first contact with a race that creates music akin to both poetry and prayer.

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