Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz

Quo VadisQuo Vadis: “It was close to noon before Petronius came awake, feeling as drained and listless and detached as always.”

Quo Vadis was part of the read-along hosted by Nick at One Catholic Life and, thanks to him, I’ve finally finished this book that I’ve long been meaning to read.  It was truly fascinating to be completely immersed in the Roman Empire under Nero, and Sienkiewicz did an outstanding job of describing it’s grandeur and excesses, it’s beauty and cruelty, in a way that remains with the reader long after he is finished the novel.  Perhaps it’s not surprising that Quo Vadis helped Sienkiewicz win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1905.

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Classics Club Spin #28

Rabbit Spinning

Another day, another spin and I’m in!  I haven’t finished my last spin ….. yet.  I’m still reading through The Merchant of Venice but at least I started and do plan to finish so it’s not a complete fail.  And I’ve discovered a new energy to read some of the books on my Classics Club list.  So a spin is just the thing.  Let’s see what comes up …..

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Greenmantle by John Buchan

GreenmantleGreenmantle: “I had just finished eating breakfast and was filling my pipe when I got Bullivant’s telegram.”

After his harrowing and unexpected adventures in The Thirty-Nine Steps, we find Richard Hannay with his friend, Sandy, convalescing at home from the Battle of Loos, a battle that made up part of the battles of the First World War.  But there are rumblings of a war in the East, a Holy War orchestrated by the Germans and their Turkish allies, that would bring about great unrest and tragedy.  Britain cannot afford distractions and therefore Hannay must penetrate the Eastern regions and discover the truth about the secret rumblings.

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The Pine Tree by Hans Christian Andersen

The Pine Trees of Louvciennes

The Pine Trees of Louvciennes (1870) Camille Pissaro
~ source Wikiart

The next choice in my Deal Me In Challenge is The Pine Tree by Hans Christian Andersen, drawn from the queen of clubs under short stories.  It was a perfect choice to fit in with my goal to read as many fairy tales as I can this year, albeit at a moderate pace.  I was looking forward to an Andersen story, as I expected it would be a little lighter than a story from The Brothers Grimm.  I was wrong.

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The Mysterious Mr. Quin by Agatha Christie

The Mysterious Mr. QuinThe Mysterious Mr. Quin: “It was New Year’s Eve.”

 

Detective: Mr. Satterthwaite (aided by Mr. Quin)

Published: 1930 (Christie’s 13th published book)

Length: 288 pages

Setting: various: London, Monte Carlo, Corsica, etc.

 

Oh, what an odd little Christie novel.  Yet I suppose I shouldn’t call it a novel.  The Mysterious Mr. Quin is a compilation of a collection of short stories by Agatha Christie, published in various magazines over the course of approximately 5 years. One expects customary mysteries from Christie, complete with complex plots but this book is definitely different.  There are murders to solve but there are also problems of human choices and consequences.  Christie once again attempts something unique.

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