THE SPARROW by Mary Doria Russell: A Review


I thought it was about time to get back to reading some sci-fi, and I chose a “classic” published in 1996. I decided on this one because the information I had about it had a definite philosophical “edge” to it. This information described the novel as “Jesuits in space.” It is set in 2016-2060.

Emilio Sandoz, the main character is as complex and strange a character as I have ever encountered before. He is a priest who “lost his friends and his faith” while on his journey to and arrival on Mars. The secondary characters are admirably drawn, characters you come to “know” and care about. George and Ann, the married couple were my favorites. The aliens are interesting and creatively described and presented as well.

Russell is known for her “meticulous research, fine prose, and the compelling narrative drive of her stories,” and this one did not tarnish her…

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1 Chronicles 29:11-13

“Praise be to You, O Lord, God of our father, Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is Yours.

Yours, O Lord, is the Kingdom; you are exalted as head over all .

Wealth and honor come from You; You are the ruler of all things.

In your hands are strength and power, to exalt and give strength to all.

Now, O Lord, we give You thanks, and praise Your glorious name.”