The Decameron: Selected Tales

The Decameron Selected Tales While the Black Death rages through fourteenth century Florence a group of young people retreat to the healthful air of the countryside and amuse themselves by telling tales of romance and adventure
  • Title: The Decameron: Selected Tales
  • Author: Giovanni Boccaccio Bob Blaisdell
  • ISBN: 9780486411132
  • Page: 130
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Decameron: Selected Tales
    While the Black Death rages through fourteenth century Florence, a group of young people retreat to the healthful air of the countryside and amuse themselves by telling tales of romance and adventure This is the premise of Boccaccio s Decameron, a landmark of early Renaissance literature and one of the world s great story collections Vast in scope, teeming with colorfulWhile the Black Death rages through fourteenth century Florence, a group of young people retreat to the healthful air of the countryside and amuse themselves by telling tales of romance and adventure This is the premise of Boccaccio s Decameron, a landmark of early Renaissance literature and one of the world s great story collections Vast in scope, teeming with colorful characters, and rich in worldly wisdom, these 25 tales from the original 100 encompass a variety of genres folktales, ancient myths, fables, and anecdotes ranging from earthy satires of hypocritical clergy to gripping tales of murder and revenge and stories of passionate love Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Keats drew upon Boccaccio s masterpiece for inspiration, and the grand old storyteller s fables continue to captivate modern readers.
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  • Giovanni Boccaccio Bob Blaisdell

    Giovanni Boccaccio 1313 21 December 1375 was an Italian author and poet, a friend and correspondent of Petrarch, and an important Renaissance humanist in his own right and author of a number of notable works including the Decameron, On Famous Women, and his poetry in the Italian vernacular Boccaccio is particularly notable for his dialogue, of which it has been said that it surpasses in verisimilitude that of just about all of his contemporaries, since they were medieval writers and often followed formulaic models for character and plot.

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  • What a crazy bunch of stories These are tales from the 14th century translated from Italian I read it on a long canoe trip in northern Quebec Different members of our paddling group read different stories each night around the fire The version we had was all the so called amorous tales from this collection 23 in all Very weird and very funny most of them although somewhat formulaic Lots of nuns, abbesses, deacons, and young, strikingly beautiful rich virginal daughters It s supposedly a classic [...]




  • Quiz sta sea la colecci n de cuentos m s famosa del mundo, despu s de Las Mil y Una Noches Escrito hacia 1350, justo al final de la Edad Media, el libro est integrado por cien cuentos que diez protagonistas relatan cada noche, mientras dura su retiro en una villa donde se refugiaron de la peste Cada uno de estos personajes, siete mujeres y tres hombres, tienen una personalidad bien definida, que sirve para ilustrar los distintos temas que se tocan en cada cuento, donde encontramos ingenio, refle [...]


  • I have, as of the time of this review, only read one story from The Decameron, that being Federigo s Falcon I ll read the rest sometime Federigo s Falcon is a wonderful example of situational irony that will bring to mind O Henry s Gift of the Magi The Decameron was written by an Italian near contemporary of Chaucer and it follows a similar structure to Canterbury Tales a group of people in this case, fleeing from a plague tell each other stories to pass the time I ve heard that there are some f [...]


  • Hm, this is a book from my school list and this is the first time I express opinion about a book from different century D The edition I read was in my language Bulgarian and it contains selected tails from the whole enormous book, so the story unfolds in 10 days and in the original edition there are I think 101 tales about the world in 14th century It was quiet fun to read some of them but I was astonished about the violence then There were staggering stories about women who were raped and spied [...]


  • Ten young people living in 15th century Florence during plague time take refuge in a country villa They plan out their days carefully over two weeks, they will each tell one story Monday through Friday This will amount to 100 tales, hence the title Saturday they will be at liberty and Sunday will be devoted to worship Joan Acocella wrote a wonderful article for the New Yorker about this book Many of the stories are shamelessly ribald, but if you are seeing bodies stacked up in the streets, relig [...]


  • Wow, so I didn t realize that books written in the 1300s spoke of such what is considered contemporary subjects Easy to read, selection of short stories I learned that you should never trust strangers who claim to be relations, if a father kills a woman s lover she will probably commit suicide because of her intense grief, and I am so glad I never married a nobleman those guys are trouble


  • I read only 3 of the stories, for a college class They were Day 1, Story 3 Day 2, Story 1 and Day 3, Story 1 I liked the stories well enough and found them humorous, which was the point after all.


  • Great insight into the young minds of 14th century Italy I understand why Shakespeare was so influenced by this


  • just read the first few stories and intro.I learned that sex and satire are really old and always entertaining



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