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Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero (Gateway Movie Classics) Paperback – November 1, 1998
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Original Language: Polish
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Quo Vadis takes us back to the days when Christianity was fresh and new and shows us just what kind of world it was then that caused such a movement to flourish. This alone would make it an excellent novel, but it works wonderfully on all levels. The characters are superbly drawn, the setting is realistic, the plot crackles along, and, perhaps most importantly in a novel with this subject matter, it never becomes preachy or didactic, instead maintaining an objective perspective throughout.
Rome was the greatest of the ancient empires, yet despite all of its glorious achievements, it was truly a barbaric place. The concept of human rights was non-existent. Slaves--of all races--were property, and could be used in any way one saw fit, including the most vicious or depraved. The rule of law, while discussed in philosophical terms, was only sporadically and occasionally applied. The law instead came and went at the whim of the powerful, and if the powerful happened to be someone like Nero--the ruler of Rome during the course of this novel--then the law was sadistic, cruel, wicked and unpredictable.Read more ›
Kindle 2 formatting is good. No Table of Contents or jogability.
What I particularly loved about "Quo Vadis" was Sienkiewicz's wonderful attention to detail and imagery. His writing style was so lyrical, poetic, and sense-evocative, I could clearly visualize what he was describing, and for the first time ever, I felt like I was actually *seeing* everything: the wild, drunken orgies of Nero's debauched reign, the city of Rome burning, the coliseum packed with rowdy citizens and sweaty gladiators. People enjoy reading books that provide a vivid visual picture of the setting; I know I do. It is also very evident that Sienkiewicz did his homework and researched extensively for this historical novel.
The characters are what drive the plot--and they certainly do that in "Quo Vadis." I found myself liking a few characters and hating several others. And it is interesting, because when I realized that this novel was about Christians in Rome during Nero's time, I had expected Sienkiewicz to have portrayed each Christian as a kindly saint and all the Romans as decadent louts.Read more ›
The characters are realistically drawn and you can feel the disgust with Nero expressed in private by those near him and sense the declining civilization of Rome in all of it's aspects. No historical novel that I've read comes close in bringing the sights and sounds and smells of the ancient capitol to life as this one does.
The underlying love story between a captured Princess who is a committed convert to Christ and a Roman centurian who is exposed to the Christian teaching through his obsessive love of her and consequent exposure to the teachings of the early church is a remarkably effective literary device that brings these contrasting world views into sharp relief.
The burning of Rome by the deranged Emperor is so vividly described that you can smell the smoke.
Truly a fabulous historical novel, Quo Vadis is a book I will read again and feel comfortable giving it my highest recommendation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The timeless story of the birth of Christianity and Roman rule under Nero translated from the original Polish.. Read morePublished 4 days ago by sagitaur
This gives a good idea of what Roman culture was like especially among the elites. It is very detailed and descriptive and takes awhile to read.Published 20 days ago by Sue Reade
This is a classic piece of literature, but classics are not always easy to get through. The story is interesting and gives some insight into this time period, but some parts are... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Betsy Ruffin
This is a very good story with a great amount of research. I was familiar with the storyline from the old movie, but I gained a new appreciation of the book because of the rich... Read morePublished 1 month ago by whj
An enlightened history of the time of Nero, told better than any history book, and an image of the spirit and events of that time.Published 2 months ago by Tara Leung