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THE SPARROW: Chapters 18 - 24

Please use this thread for discussion of Chapters 18 through 24.

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Chap. 18-24,  This is the part where they land on Rakhat. Really the part I couldn't wait for in this story.

So much of this book has been about Sandoz before and after and what lead up to so much pain for him.

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 I loved the Runa. I kept thinking in my mind ( I have no idea why) That they looked like Kangaroos. I just had the image of the Assie shampoo comercial, that features a happy helpful Kangaroo. Big eyes very sweet, and loves to chat to anyone. 

 

 

So did anyone else have an image in their mind of what the Runa looks like ?     

 

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optic_i wrote:

 

 

 I loved the Runa. I kept thinking in my mind ( I have no idea why) That they looked like Kangaroos. I just had the image of the Assie shampoo comercial, that features a happy helpful Kangaroo. Big eyes very sweet, and loves to chat to anyone. 

 

 

So did anyone else have an image in their mind of what the Runa looks like ?     

 


Great question!

 

I didn’t realize that the body of a Runa in my mental image looked like a kangaroo, but it does, in a basic way.  The lower body is definitely kangaroo.  However, the arms are normal human length with almost human hands.

 

The face is unlike anything.  Maybe a bit like ET, with the big eye size as compared with the other facial features.  I could not picture the eyes, with multiple pupils and irises.  The face is largely undefined for me.

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One of my favorite parts of the book was the end of Chapter 21, when Emilio was beginning to talk with Askama and learn the language of the Runa.  The process was fascinating to me.  He surprised her by making a flower appear from behind her ear.  “Si zhao.”  A flower.  Then he produced two flowers from nowhere.  “Sa zhay!”

 

I find languages and other cultures to be very interesting, certainly not to the point of Emilio’s interest in languages, of course.  I couldn’t help but wonder if this technique that Emilio used is one used by people/anthropologists studying a new, unknown group of people and language.  After all, the author is trained as a paleoanthropologist.

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I know Laura, I had trouble with their eyes also. Figure 8 double Irisis.I kept wanting to get a fix on how they looked but couldn't.  I also sometimes saw them as upright  cats. But I kept thinking they have a social structure of herd animals. Always together. The ET face would be a very good fix. I will try to remember that in the next book. Thanks Laura ! 

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I loved that part of the story too. What a wonderful way he had with Aksama. How he engaged her with surprises and used her natural responses to learn her language. Sandoz had a doctorate in linguistics. But you are right Laura it probably had alot to do with the author being a paleoanthropologist that showed us how best to communicate with an unknown group. I thought it was just so perfect and natural the way she wrote that part.
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optic_i wrote:

I know Laura, I had trouble with their eyes also. Figure 8 double Irisis.I kept wanting to get a fix on how they looked but couldn't.  I also sometimes saw them as upright  cats. But I kept thinking they have a social structure of herd animals. Always together. The ET face would be a very good fix. I will try to remember that in the next book. Thanks Laura ! 


Oh, that's true!  We will visit them again in the next book. A chance to refine our mental images!

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I am so ready for the next book too laura.
I really hope it will answer alot of questions and maybe try to give sandoz some meaning to what happened to him.