Quo Vadis, what book is that?

oktober 4, 2009 § Lämna en kommentar

The film Quo Vadis 1951

The film Quo Vadis 1951

… that’s the question my friend asked, and I began to wonder if I had misunderstood the importance and/or the popularity of the book Quo Vadis.

How could I, at least with some objectivity, see how popular a novel is in our cultural sphere?

One way is just seeing how many hits it gets en a Google search.

But that’s a pretty rough method. I think there’s a better way: Go to ”Advanced Search” in Amazon and search for the book (title + author) and after a certain publication date, and see how many new editions of the book have been published recently.

Number of items published after Jan 2007

Alice in Wonderland
278 hits

The Divine Comedy
213 hits

Moby Dick
210 hits

War and Peace
136 hits

Quo Vadis
40 hits

The Prophet (Kahlil Gibran)
27 hits

Lord of the Rings
22 hits

Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson (Gurdjieff)
[among the 100 most influential books ever written according to Seymour-Smith]
0 hits
[last published 2006 acc. to Amazon]


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