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The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
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Apr 01, 2010

really liked it
Read in December, 2007

An impressive range of stories, but I did not find them nearly as impressive as Shakespeare's cannon or Dante's complexity. I am willing to admit that I might have lost much of their beauty in the translation and the lack of a nuanced commentary. However, I will also say that I do not particularly find the stories of love much more than 14th century titillation. The characters' reactions and behavior clearly serve the narrative rather than the narrative being a natural outgrowth of the characters. Nevertheless, I realize that to be a danger of "presentivism." For a work nearly 700 years old at the time of infancy for fictional prose, these stories hold up remarkably well.

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