Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero, commonly known as Quo Vadis, is a historical novel written by Henryk Sienkiewicz inPolish. «Quo Vadis Domine» is Latin for «Where are you going, Lord?» and alludes to the apocryphal Acts of Peter, in which Peter flees Rome but on his way meets Jesus and asks him why he is going to Rome. Jesus says, «I am going back to be crucified again», which makes Peter go back to Rome and accept martyrdom. (Wikipedia)
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I loved this book, like many other books I’ve read.
The story is about a young Christian girl who falls in love with Marcus Vinicius, a Roman patrician. It takes place in the city of Rome under the rule of emperor Nero, circa AD 64. (Wikipedia)
When Marcus Vinicius comes back from the war tells his uncle that he saw a beautiful girl and he is madly in love with her.
He wants to have her immediately, he acts like he’s a baby and wants that toy. He wants to have her as a concubine, she loves him too, but she is a Christian in secret, and she can’t do that.
He’s stubborn and wants to have her in spite of her desire and brings her to his uncle palace.
But she escapes from the palace with the help of Peter and Paul and she’s well hidden.
I will stop here and let you read this masterpiece and jewel.
Is truly worth reading. 🙂
Henryk Sienkiewicz quotes:
“But I think happiness springs from another source, a far deeper one that doesn’t depend on will because it comes from love.”
“Nevertheless, in this sea of human wretchedness and malice there bloomed at times compassion, as a pale flower blooms in a putrid marsh.”
“He always smiles, even when contemplating nothing good.”
“…he began to fear whether in the presence of far greater events, all his acts would not fade into insignificance, just as a drop of rain disappears into the sea.”
“It is not Atlas who carries the world on his shoulders, but woman; and sometimes she plays with it as with a ball.”
“England is never in a hurry because she is eternal.”
“In the presence of the storm, thunderbolts, hurricane, rain, darkness, and the lions, which might be concealed but a few paces away, he felt disarmed and helpless.”
“She wasted and grew so thin that she no longer was a little girl, but the shadow of a little girl. The flame of her life flickered so faintly that it appeared sufficient to blow at it to extinguish it. Stas understood that death did not have to wait for a third attack to take her and he expected it any day or any hour.”
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