Quo Vadis

When I arrived at the letter Q during the A to Z Challenge in April, I realized I had never read a book what started with the letter Q, unless I cheat and count Don Quixote. (Note: I did cheat in this way for other book posts, but I promise I'd read books that started with those letters; I just had to pick a different one so as not to duplicate authors, which was one of my self-inflicted stipulations.) So as promised, here is my book for the letter Q! Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz.

When Christianity first breached Roman society in roughly 50 AD, there was a lot of conflict and tension as Romans resisted transforming their gluttonous, pleasure-driven culture. In Quo Vadis, a Roman centurion falls in love with a Christian girl during the time of Cesar and Nero. This historical novel illustrates the changing society of the time. I would highly recommend this book to those interested in the history of Christianity, as well as Roman and Greek history and mythology. The characters are very well developed and passionate. Though it is quite long, as well as translated from Polish in the late 1800s, it is a surprisingly easy read, not dense as many novels from that era are, and especially for the genre.

The book that starts with the letter X is soon(ish) to come!

Peace, Aimee

6 comments:

  1. I have never read Quo Vadis. I have a secondhand copy on my shelf, but that's as far as I've gotten. No excuses either, since I love ancient history!

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    1. If you love ancient history, you're sure to like this book. :)

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  2. How interesting! I've never heard of the book Quo Vadis before.

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    1. I hadn't either until I started searching for a book that starts with the letter Q. But it turns out it's a classic! Odd how some of these things go under the radar for so long.

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  3. This sounds intriguing. I like this idea - glad I found your blog. New follower :)

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