Tales from the Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio
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Tales from the Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio

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1930. The Decameron is a work of broad-sweeping comic views. It was written by Giovanni Boccaccio, an Italian poet and scholar who raised vernacular literature to the status of the classics of antiquity and who prepared for the humanism of the Renaissance. The tales are set in 1348, the year of the Black Death. Florence is a dying, corrupt city, described plainly in all of...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Kessinger Publishing (first published January 1st 1930)
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Erik Graff
May 03, 2010 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Renaissance literature fans
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Madison Street west of Chicago's Loop was a run-down area when I was a kid, but it had some good used bookstores. I'd been travelling by bus and train to the Loop since junior high, often with friends to see a movie at one of the big theatres, but increasingly as I aged to go to the bookstores. It was in one of them, a cavernous place, that I picked this title up, having heard of Boccaccio in reference to Chaucer.

Being a poor kid and having only the money I could earn from doing extraordinary wo...more
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Had to read a few selections for my Great Books class. Not as bad as I expected it to be (come on, this came right after The Song of Roland, and I was starting to give up on the class!). I wouldn't mind coming back to read more of this.
Patricia Draper
This is a classic known to many people but probably not read. Stores date from 13th Century and are surprisingly fresh and modern. Most editions retain archaic English which adds to the interest.
Brian Wilson
Wildly entertaining stories, very funny, will have to get the full book. Continually astounded by the wit and intelligence of Medieval writing.
Aug 27, 2011 Brooke marked it as to-read
(my edition is from 1948, edited by Herbert Alexander, and stinks of my uncle's cigarettes-- but I'm trying to get through it!)
This is a great read along the lines of Canterberry tales but be warned some of the stories are very naughty
La quinta estrella, para cuando me lea la versión completa (si es que lo hago alguna vez)
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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 veris...more
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