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The Decameron - G.H. McWilliam, Giovanni Boccaccio
The Decameron
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In the early summer of the year 1348, as a terrible plague ravages the city, ten charming young Florentines take refuge in country villas to tell each other stories—a hundred stories of love, adventure and surprising twists of fortune which later inspired Chaucer, Keats and Shakespeare. While... show more
In the early summer of the year 1348, as a terrible plague ravages the city, ten charming young Florentines take refuge in country villas to tell each other stories—a hundred stories of love, adventure and surprising twists of fortune which later inspired Chaucer, Keats and Shakespeare. While Dante is a stern moralist, Boccaccio has little time for chastity, pokes fun at crafty, hypocritical clerics and celebrates the power of passion to overcome obstacles and social divisions. Like the Divine Comedy, the Decameron is a towering monument of medieval pre-Renaissance literature, and incorporates certain important elements that are not at once apparent to today's readers. In a new introduction to this revised edition, which also includes additional explanatory notes, maps, bibliography and indexes, Professor McWilliam shows us Boccaccio for what he is—one of the world's greatest masters of vivid and exciting prose fiction.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780140449303 (0140449302)
ASIN: 140449302
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 909
Edition language: English
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Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
5.0 The Decameron (Penguin Classics)
These are 100 short stories and like the earlier Arabic 1001 Nights or Chaucer's later Canterbury Tales told within a frame: Ten Florentine nobles, seven women and three men, flee the city to the country to escape the Black Plague for ten days. Each in turn is established as Queen or King for the da...
Julian Meynell's Books
Julian Meynell's Books rated it
4.0 The Decameron
A good book and worth reading. It is a collection of a hundred short stories with a frame tale. This book is sometimes seen either as a response or a complement to the Divine Comedy. While it is very aware of Dante, I don't think that it is that at all. It prefigures in a lot of ways the renaiss...
Florencia
Florencia rated it
Bueno, ya que estoy, hago la misma aclaración para este libro. Como no se sabe qué aclaración es, ya que luego se pierde el hilo de las "actualizaciones", remito a la reseña-aclaración de [b:Inferno|15645|Inferno (The Divine Comedy, #1)|Dante Alighieri|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/133...
So Many Books, So Little Time...
So Many Books, So Little Time... rated it
4.0 The Decameron (Penguin Classics)
The Decameron, by Giovanni Bocaccio **** Bocaccio followed hot on the heels of Dante but in many ways the books for which they are both known could not be more different. “The Decameron” is almost the exact opposite of Dante’s “Comedia”, written in prose instead of poetry, concerned with things ea...
Chrissie's Books
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I have this dusty old, black hardcover book sitting there in my library. It has been there for over 30 years, and I still haven't read it. I guess I shouuld at least give it a try. But I don't like short stories and won't it all feel so "out of date"?if there is someone out there who has read this a...
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