Monday, August 24, 2009
Today's entry comes from meloukhia! meloukhia writes on this ain't livin'
The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell
The science fiction section is often banished to a dark and dusty corner of the bookstore, and it is there that you will find The Sparrow, probably wedged between two mass paperbacks with lurid covers and improbable titles. The Sparrow is most certainly science fiction, but don't let that put you off: it is one of the most complex, thought-provoking, and influential books I've ever read.
Ostensibly about a culture class between the inhabitants of two planets, The Sparrow is also a somber commentary on society and the direction our society is heading it. It touches upon issues like religion, the need to care for the environment, sexuality, and structural inequality, all in a very well-crafted and gripping story. It is a book which can be read again and again for more depth and detail.
A bit triggery for reasons I won't go into for fear of spoiling the story, The Sparrow belongs on any thinking person's bookshelf.
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