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Mary Doria Russell

The Sparrow

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 1996

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1.

The Sparrow  is told from an omniscient, third-person point of view, meaning that the reader has access to the thoughts and feelings of each of the many characters, even some of the creatures on Rakhat. What is the effect of stylistic choice? What would be lost or gained if the story were only told from Emilio’s point of view?

2.

The Sparrow  is both a work of science fiction and an inquiry into the philosophical ideas of faith and God. How do these two genres work together and to what effect?

3.

By the end of the novel, has Emilio lost his faith or found it once more?

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