The Decameron

The Decameron

Book - 2003
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Penguin Putnam
A complete edition of the hilarious, bawdy, irreverent masterpiece of medieval Italy—and the inspiration for the film The Little Hours—in an acclaimed translation

In the summer of 1348, as the Black Death ravages their city, ten young Florentines take refuge in the countryside. They amuse themselves by each telling a story a day for the ten days they are destined to remain there—a hundred stories of love, adventure and surprising twists of fate. Less preoccupied with abstract concepts of morality or religion than with earthly values, the tales range from the bawdy Peronella hiding her lover in a tub to Ser Cepperello, who, despite his unholy effrontery, becomes a Saint. The result is a towering monument of European literature and a masterpiece of imaginative narrative.

This is the second edition of G. H. McWilliam’s acclaimed translation of The Decameron. His introduction illuminates the worlds of Boccaccio and of his storytellers, showing Boccaccio as a master of vivid and exciting prose fiction. 

Baker & Taylor
Set against the backdrop of the fourteenth-century Black Death, an anthology of one hundred interlinked tales presents a variety of works recounted by the citizens of Florence--nobles, knights, abbots, nuns, doctors, philosophers, students, peasants, pilgrims, thieves, and others--who have fled the city to escape the plague.

Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2003
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9780140449303
0140449302
Characteristics: cli, 909 p. : maps ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: McWilliam, G. H. (George Henry)

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Nov 21, 2015

The Decameron is a classic. If you like reading good, old stories, you may like this book. Some of the stories are very, very interesting. Some may be boring to some people. This book is divided into 10 days with 10 stories each day. The story was originally written in Italian. So, be reminded that this book is an English translation. The translation was done pretty well. If you like reading old, short stories, this book is a good read.

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