Item description for Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz...
Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846-1916) won the 1905 Nobel Prize in Literature. A brilliant Polish writer and patriot, he is possibly best known abroad for his monumental historical epic Quo Vadis that portrays the vibrant and dissonant combination of cruel excesses and decadence of Rome during the reign of the corrupt Emperor Nero and the high faith of the emerging era of early Christianity.
Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero, is a love story of Marcus Vinicius, a passionate young Roman tribune, and Lygia Callina, a beautiful and gentle Christian maiden of royal Lygian descent and a hostage of Rome, raised in a patrician home. At first Marcus, a typical aristocratic Roman libertine of his time, has no notion of love and merely desires Lygia with erotic animalistic intensity. Through political machinations of the elegant Petronius he contrives to have her taken by force from her foster home and into the decadent and terrible splendor of the court of Ceasar, setting in motion a course of events that culminate in his own spiritual redemption.
Intricately researched, populated with vibrant historical figures, and gorgeous period detail, bloody spectacle and intimate beauty, this is an epic tapestry of the triumph of love, faith and sacrifice.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 1.5" Weight: 1.85 lbs.
Release Date Sep 12, 2006
Publisher Norilana Books
ISBN 1934169072 ISBN13 9781934169070
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What a Novel Jan 11, 2008
The first time I read this book was when I was a senior in high school in fall of 2004.
I never regretted picking up this book that late afternoon and making the effort to flip to the first chapter out of curiosity and read the first few lines. It's one of the few books that has an irresistible beginning that grabs you by the horns and doest let go until you finish. I was so hooked that I had finished it before mid-night of the next day. And this is a kid that loathed, and I mean LOATHED to read.
I've always had a fascination with ancient civilizations and history, especially the glory and power of the Roman Empire. I've never read a book which so well described the Roman culture, the people, the politics, the cuisine...to the point that I could taste their food, smell the incenses, hear the sounds of market forums, see the towering buildings of ancient Rome and witness the extravagant parties an Emperor like Nero would host on a regular basis. The plot is just incredible, considering that most of the characters are real and their decisions all based on historical accounts. Sienkiewicz's ability to so closely interweave history with the heart wrenching plot is what transcends this book from a great novel to a masterpiece.
The most important impact it had on me was on a spiritual level as a Roman Catholic. Even though I was going through Confirmation at that time, the classes were lead by volunteer parents who had a very shady understanding of their own faith and the experience was so unbearably boring and corny that I was really repelled from my faith.
Reading this book helped me realized the profound message of Christ and the cost at which it was passed down to me.
It opened my eyes to begin understanding where to look for true beauty in a women, where to look to find true strength in a man, and how fame, power, riches and physical beauty are all nothing compared to the faithful and loving heart of a humble Christian.
A must-read, in Polish or in translation May 1, 2007
Probably one of the greatest books ever written in Polish. Makes one see why Sienkiewicz received a Nobel Prize in literature. Great story, set in 1st century Rome during the persecution of the first Christians. Its themes are timeless: finding good in the midst of evil, faith and the presence of God in dark times, true love versus lust. Beautifully written and compelling.