Video Mini Review: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

Video Mini Review: The Sparrow by Mary Doria RussellThe Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1) by Mary Doria Russell
Published by Ballantine Books on September 8, 1997
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 431
Source: I purchased a copy of this book.
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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 that 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 what it means to be human.


Ever since finishing Mary Doria Russell’s The Sparrow, I haven’t known how I could begin writing about it. I wasn’t sure I would even try, because it was such an overwhelming reading experience. But Sunday on my drive to church, some fairly simple but coherent thoughts organized themselves in my mind. I ended up arriving too early, so while I was sitting in my car in the church parking lot waiting for someone to unlock the doors, I thought I’d try recording a quick video. Here’s the result!


If you’ve read this book, can you recommend a similar title: Sci-fi with a literary bent, no fantasy included? If you haven’t read The Sparrow, does it sound like something you’d like to add to your TBR list?