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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 Dante is a stern moralist, Boccaccio has little time for chastity, pokes fun at ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 1072 pages
Published June 29th 1995 by Penguin Classics (first published 1348)
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Jul 07, 2007 Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Decameron is something that I had wanted to read since 10th grade when I first heard about it. The concept is simple: 7 young ladies and 3 young men decide to get away from the plague for a few weeks by heading to the countryside. Once they arrive, it is decided that they will each tell one story per night for the ten days they are there. So it is a collection of 100 short stories.

However, I never realized how raunchy and hilarious the stories would be. These stories are crazy clever and sev
Aug 13, 2008 Emm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My encounter with this book has been a delightful surprise. Expecting a dry and difficult medieval text, I was shocked to find myself unable to put it down. This is a completely rich text that is complex, yet easy and fun to read. Boccaccio has such a fun sense of humor! I found myself laughing aloud. For me, the dirty stories stole the show, but the other stories by no means fall short. His characters and stories are so richly human and he is able to laugh at them, embrace their flaws, forgive ...more
Jul 25, 2009 Kate marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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from amazon: (via my mom)

Bawdy tales of love, February 18, 2009
This was required reading for a graduate course in medieval history.
The "Decameron" is a collection of 100 novellas by Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio, probably begun in 1350 and finished in 1353. It is a medieval allegorical work best known for its bawdy tales of love, appearing in all its possibilities from the erotic to the tragic. Other topics such as wit and witticism, practical jokes and worldly initiation also form part of
Feb 02, 2010 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These one hundred short tales, written in about 1350, are framed within a charming and idyllic background wherein seven maidens and three youths leave Florence during the plague to spend time in lovely and implausible country palaces entertaining themselves until it is safe to return to the city. One of their means of amusement and entertainment is to tell each other stories, ten each day for ten days, and it is these stories that comprise The Decameron.

The stories are delightful and earthy, oft
In Florence, in 1350, Giovanni Boccaccio writes the Decameron, a collection of 100 stories told ostensibly by a group of noblemen and women hiding in the countryside from the Black Plague, the effects of which are described at the beginning of the Decameron in one of the world’s most horrifying pieces of journalism. The stories themselves are generally bawdy and funny, and in fact this was made into a porno in 1970, and here are some butts to prove it:


It was influenced in part by the brilli
Being stuck on a couch for a day-and-a-half helps finish off books that have been taking too long to read on a regular basis. It was good to polish off Boccaccio.

So the plot is pretty easy to understand. It's 14th century Florence, and there's this pesky plague thing (aka, the Black Death) hanging around cramping everyone's style. A handful of folks go off to some safe distance and amuse themselves by telling each other stories - 10 stories a day for 10 days. Cool, right?


The problem is th
Tracy Duvall
Jan 11, 2013 Tracy Duvall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You might suspect that this is a book to read because it's good for you and helpful to mention at wine-and-cheese parties. But it's a naughtily entertaining compendium of one hundred short tales wrapped within a touching scenario. Basically, to escape the horrors of the Black Death, ten well-to-do young adults from Florence, Italy, retire to the countryside for two weeks and, among otherwise chaste activities, tell each other bawdy tales.
When I praise this book, it is not because it tastes goo
Dec 10, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie
From BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3:
Terry Jones introduces five ripping Renaissance yarns from The Decameron, starring John Finnemore, Ingrid Oliver, Carrie Quinlan, Lydia Leonard, Samuel Barnett and Colin McFarlane.

The one hundred stories which make up Giovanni Boccaccio's humane and comic masterpiece, come from all over the world. They are vividly reset by Boccaccio among the flourishing merchant classes in the cities of Renaissance Italy. But their witty, satirical, bawdy voice sounds utterly moder
The Decameron, a collection of 100 short (to short-ish) stories told by ten young Florentine men and women during the plague over ten days is a fun if often frustrating bit of fiction. The stories range from the dazzling, creative and surprising to the more rote and uninspired. First the good: there are all kinds of crazy shenanigans going on in throughout the course of the collection, and it’s quite a bit of fun to read stories written almost 700 years ago that ends with wife swapping, threesom ...more
The Decameron is obviously a hugely influential piece of literature (actually, it's just plain huge), so it's no wonder I'd get around to it eventually. I'm not a huge fan of Chaucer, really, but I did recognise a couple of the source texts he used in this, and I imagine that the choice of frame narrative for the Canterbury Tales might've been suggested to Chaucer by The Decameron. Certainly The Decameron was an influence, anyway.

The Decameron also inspired a song by one of my favourite singers,
The Decameron is a set of one hundred stories told to each other by a group of ten people, seven women and three men, over ten days. All these stories exist within one story which is about this group of people who come together in Florence during an outbreak of the plague and how they react to it - which is by going off into the surrounding countryside and recreating a kind of temporary Eden outside the ravages of the times. Beyond that there are the author's intentions and his defence of his wo ...more
فهد الفهد

القرن الرابع عشر، مدينة فلورنس، مدينة الورود كما يوحي اسمها، والأهم مدينة الفن والأدب في إيطاليا، مدينة دانتي وبترارك وجيوفاني بوكاشيو صاحب هذا الكتاب (الديكاميرون) أي (الأيام العشرة) باليونانية، وهي أيام عشرة بالفعل، وبمثابة فصول عشرة للكتاب، الذي يتكئ على الوباء الذي اجتاح فلورنس سنة 1348 م، وقضى على الآلاف من ناسها.

في تلكم الظروف المحزنة، يتخيل بوكاشيو شبابا ً عشرة، ثلاثة رجال، وسبع نساء، يتركون المدينة الموبوءة ويلجئون إلى بستان خارجها، حيث يقررون البقاء هناك، بعيدا ً عن مشاهد ا
Apr 13, 2016 Darwin8u rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aere-perennius, 2014
“Nothing is so indecent that it cannot be said to another person if the proper words are used to convey it.”
― Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron


Like The Canterbury Tales, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights, etc., "The Decameron" is an early masterpiece of literature. It is one of those books I avoided because I thought it would be stilted and boring. Hells NASTY Bells was I wrong. Boccaccio is funny, flippant, irreverent,
David Lentz
Mar 04, 2012 David Lentz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This great book is set in a country estate outside Florence during a plague. The meaning of the setting was not lost upon me: with death beckoning from all corners, one is wise to enjoy life and pass the hours sharing experience among those about whom one cares. These comic and tragic tales are told in rotation among a group of wealthy people killing time within a garden, a little island of civilization, a little Eden -- paradise. The vast majority of these 100 tales involve amusing stories abou ...more
Jul 25, 2013 L. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

في البداية لدي اعتراف:- حكايات "ألف ليلة ولية" لم أقرأ الكثير منها وقد يستغرب البعض عندما أقول أنها ليست بالمفضلة لدي، و عندما قررت أن أقرأ "الديكاميرون" لاحظت أن أغلب المراجعات تشبهها بألف ليلة وليلة وهذا لم يكن بالأمر المشجع لقراءتها ولكني قررت خوض التجربة وهذا ما كان


أهدى "جيوفاني بوكاشيو" هذا العمل (الديكاميرون والمعروف أيضاً بالأمير غاليوتو) لجمهور النساء لتسليَّتهن .. .. النساء اللواتي لا يملكن ما يملك الرجال من مقدرة على الترويح عن أنفسهن عند الضيق والكآبة، لكون الرجال يملكون القدرة عل
وائل عبد المنعم
الديكاميرون مثلها مثل ألف ليلة و ليلة حكايات بالأساس و لذلك لا يبحث القارىء عن أو يتوقع حبكة درامية أو أسلوب سرد مميز, ففي القرن الرابع عشر لا يتوقع الكاتب أن ينتشر عمله بالنسخ المطبوعة و إنما بالحكي, و لذلك فتقييم مثل هذه الأعمال يكون بمدى أصالة و طرافة الحكايات, و على هذا الأساس فإن قراءة الديكاميرون متعة و تسلية في نفس الوقت, و هما أقصى ما تسعى الحكايات لتحقيقه.

يلفت النظر أن بازوليني في فيلمه الديكاميرون قام بإختيار عدد من الحكايات ليقدمها لنا, و لكنه تجاهل حكاية عندما قرأتها للمرة الأولى ظنن
Fatema Hassan , bahrain

( حديقة الملذات الدنيوية )

هي نواة الصالون الأدبي وبذرته في أبسط أشكالها ، حيث البذرة تتمركز في عين الأرض
منتعشة بالهواء الطلق في حديقة قصر ريفي يتخيّرها لنا جيوفاني بوكاشيو لتكون ( شانزليزيه طلياني ) أو مائدة فكرية وليدة عصرها تقدم لنا مائة طبق مختلف ولكل طبق حكاية ، حكاية يُعدّها شخوصها و يتأملون تفاعل القارئ مع طبقهم الشهيّ حيث يحتدّ التنافس بينهم ، و في الحقيقة لا يوجد طبق شهيّ لينال استحسان القارئ بشكل مُرضي بالكامل بقدر ما هنالك أطباق مداوية و منبهة و حرّيفة .

الديكاميرون يقدم ل
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
So I finally found a fifty cent copy of the Penguin Decameron trans'd by McWilliam and here a new trans pops onto the horizon ; this one by Wayne A. Rebhorn from Norton. Following is a review from the new yorker.

"An instructive companion volume to Rebhorn’s Decameron is the recent The Fabliaux: A New Verse Translation, translated by Nathaniel E. Dubin, and described by R. Howard Bloch, in the introduction, as the first substantial collection of fabliaux, i
Huda Yahya

مازلتُ أتذكر اليوم الذي توافرت فيه الديكاميرون أمامي للاستعارة في طبعة ثمينة وبالانجليزية
وأنا جد سعيدة أنني تكاسلت عن قراءتها
لأنه لا ترجمة مثل ترجمة علماني
ولا أظنني كنت لأقرأ هذا العمل مرتين


تذكرني القصص أو الحكايات كي أكون أدق بغرائب ألف
ليلة وليلة
وليالي جلوسي جوار أمي أستمع إليها عبر الأثير
بآداء لطيف وأحيانا مفتعل لممثلي الإذاعة
فقد شعرت أنني عدت بالزمن والحكايات تتابع
بحلوها وسخيفها

ولكن العامل المشترك هنا هو جاذبية تلك النوعية من الكتب
فهي تعيدك بطريقة ما إلى طفولتك
وتعطيك جرعة خيال
Aug 17, 2014 Sergei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We need tales to survive in this world. To escape the Black Death a group of seven young women and three young men flee to a secluded villa outside Florence. And for two weeks they tell stories - a noble and reasonable way to pass the hard times.
Now, The Human Comedy by Balzac comes to mind. In his multi-volume collection, the great novelist was depicting French society of the time. In Boccaccio’s Decameron I find a similar representation of “human comedies”, in a nutshell.
The whole collection i
Renato Magalhães Rocha
In the 14th century in Europe, during the devastating times of the Black Death, a group of young Florentines - seven women and three men - decide to flee to seek shelter and escape from the plague in a villa outside of the city of Florence. This is the basic frame used by Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio to tell us one hundred tales of life, love and fortune with The Decameron.

After leaving the city, in order to pass the time, an idea of telling stories is brought up and each one of the young g
Özgür Daş
Boccaccio, bu büyük yapıtıyla La Fontaine, Chaucer, de Musset vs. gibi birçok yazarı etkilemiş eserlerinde esin kaynağı olmuştur.

Boccaccio Decameron'daki öyküleri, kendi ahlak anlayışı ve erdemleri doğrultusunda kaleme almış ve kitabın sonundaki 'Yazarın Vardığı Sonuç' bölümünde gerekli açıklamasını yapmıştır. Bu durum bazı öykülerde okuyuculara ters gelebilir diye düşünüyorum. Öykülerin azımsanmayacak kadar büyük bir kısmında din adamlarını kıyasıya eleştirmiştir, kitabı kaleme aldığı döneme ba
Scarlet Cameo
10 personas. 10 días. 10 historias cada uno.

Este es de esos libros que leí por primera vez en la escuela y que me gustó tanto que terminé leyendolos completos. Las historias son de calidad variables, hay algunas que sacan carcajadas, otrs un tanto bizarras y algunas muy tediosas, pero como nota común es que manejan cierto nivel de erotismo (adaptado a la época, osea que en realidad no hay nada explícito) y que cada día hay una nueva temática.

Cada uno de los días tiene una introducción que es de
Celeste Corrêa
Nov 23, 2015 Celeste Corrêa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Este livro tem como título “DECAMERON" ( significa dez dias em Grego) e por subtítulo “Príncipe Galeotto”. Foi escrito por Boccaccio entre os anos de 1348 e 1353. Contém cem novelas que em dez dias contaram sete donzelas e três donzéis.

Esses dez jovens tinham decidido abandonar a cidade e retirarem-se para o campo com o propósito de fugir aos perigos da peste negra. Para ocupar o tempo inventaram uma brincadeira: cada um contaria uma história durante o período mais quente do dia.

E assim foi! No
After a couple of years, two attempts and two different editions, I have finally finished this book. The first great literary accomplishment of 2016.
All I can say is that the history of humanity lies on every page of this book. Virtues and defects that have illuminated and darkened human existence were eloquently expressed by Boccaccio's brilliant pen that concocted, with mastery and otherworldly wit, one hundred tales told by seven young ladies and three young men who, to contextualize this fin
MJ Nicholls
Permit me to offer another roar of support for reading (The) Decameron. A divine mathematical structure (ten parts of ten chapters with ten characters told over ten days) props up this rollicking ride of classic storytelling. A modern translation (this ed from J.G. Nichols) renders the original in all its libidinous, virtuous mischief, making each page a rapturous pleasure to turn. This book needs no further endorsement from me. Make arrangements to read (The) Decameron before your fatal heart a ...more
ahmed Eid
يقول محمود درويش
كلّ الذين ماتوا، نجوا من الحياة بأعجوبة !

و أنا أقول كل من إنتهي من قراءة الديكاميرون إذا كان شخصية سوداوية قد نجا من الموت بأعجوبة


مائة قصة قصيرة
روحها خفيفة ورشيقة جدا
تجعلك تتذكر أيام ما كانت جدتك تروي لك الحكايات
رشيقة رشيقة جدا
توجد قصص بها شهوات و نزوات ولكن القصص تنادي روحك لتستمتع بها

أعجبني النقد اللاذع لرجال الدين و تصرفاتهم و مراهقاتهم ..
من أظرف القصص قصة الرجل الزنديق الذي خدعوا به الكنيسة و اتخذ الناس منه رهبانًا و جعلوا منه رجلا صالحا يتباركون به ..

Jul 11, 2016 Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

عشر شخصيات،سبع منهم نساء والباقي من الرجال،اهتدى بهم فكرهم للموت الهادئ البعيد عن صخب المدنية وأخطارها المتمثلة في وباء مميت،توافقت ميولهم وأذواقهم وجمعتهم الظروف،اختاروا العزلة وعاشوا في منتجع بعيد،وبدأوا في تسلية وقتهم لتكون أجمل تسلية،فخلال 10 أيام اتفقوا على تخصيص موضوع معين لكل يوم يقص منهم كل واحد قصة قصيرة، ليكون المجمل 100 قصة قصيرة سُجلت بحروف من نور في تاريخ الأدب العالمي واحتلت مكانة بارزة تستحقها،وأتت الأقاصيص جامعة للحب وحس الدعابة والظرف اللامتناهي،وكل يوم كان له عنوان رئيس وموضوع
Douglas Wilson
Three stars because the quality of the stories was all over the place. Some rated much higher, others lower. The stories were, in turn, bawdy, folksy, funny, and shrewd. But one of the things that struck me was how lightly adultery was treated in the 14th century. The natural man was alive and kicking, with a thin whitewash of Christian sentiment to make it seem okay.
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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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