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Lo cunto de li cunti

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  370 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
Testo originale napoletano a fronte

Noto anche come Pentamerone, Lo cunto de li cunti raccoglie cinquanta favole, raccontate in dieci giorni da cinque vecchie. Vi si trovano fiabe celeberrime, come Cenerentola, ma anche racconti meno noti, ugualmente ricchi di invenzioni visionarie e metaforiche, che arrivano a toccare punte di crudele sensualità.
Paperback, I grandi libri, 1068 pages
Published November 2009 by Garzanti (first published 1634)
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Warwick
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This obscure and wonderful collection of fairytales is not, perhaps, quite as filthy as you might expect from something called Lo cunto de li cunti, but it's still full of bizarre and scatological delights. Written in the early 1600s – before the Grimms, before Perrault – it contains the first known versions of famous tales like Cinderella, Rapunzel, Hansel & Gretel, or Sleeping Beauty, all of them dramatically different from how they're told today, and throws in for good measure a host of m ...more
Morgan
Perhaps, the weirdest collection of fairy tales I've come across in my study of fairy tales. These were written in the seventeenth century, before bigger names like Grimm and Perrault. You can tell at times because most of these stories are early versions of best loved tales like Cinderella, Rapunzel Puss in Boots, and Sleeping Beauty. Unlike Grimm and Perrault, this isn't an anthology of fairy tales. This is a novel set up similar to Arabian Nights and Canterbury Tales. It's a story about telli ...more
Zadignose
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 17th-century
A Great collection of fairy tales, made great mainly by the style. It has the kind of far out fantastic elements that lingered from folk traditions going back to the middle ages, the sort of thing where a magic box or fairy can do absolutely anything instantly and miraculously, like a genie's lamp or a Holy Grail, and most problems are solved by magical intervention.

If you were to look at the book in terms of ideology, you might be mortified. If the book has an ideology it could be expressed as:
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Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜
Back in these ages, when they wanted to describe something super beautiful or super ugly, they made sure they drilled the descriptions into your skull. These tales are not a forgiving bunch. If somebody is kinda ugly, they are ABOMINATIONS. If somebody is kind of pretty they are PULCHRITUDINOUS. While they don't use these words, they'll use hundreds of words that are like these and enable in and on.

Just wanted to note that about this book.
DeAnna Knippling
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fifty fairy tales, told over five nights, from Italy over two centuries before the Brothers Grimm.

These tales weren't exactly for the little ones, as the subtitle suggests. Lots of excrement, sex, and racism. And obscure references--jokes about Italian culture of the time--that you're constantly having to stop and look up.

Not my favorite collection and not the easiest to read, but still interesting, especially seeing tales that were later picked up and censored by the Grimms.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I didn't make it through the introduction, because that first story is racist as fuck and, sure, it was originally written in the 1600s but like I cannot and I don't want to.

The story is about a black slave girl, described as "that mass of dark flesh" who lies and takes the place of a good girl, and becomes the princess. I quit hard when the slave (she doesn't get a name) threatens to kill her baby because the prince was making eyes at the other girl:

"If you no move from windowsill, me punch bel
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Chris
Collection presents early versions of Cinderella, Puss in Boots, and others. Very good. I really enjoyed the story about the king and the two old ladies. This is an adult collection with bawdy humor and a Cinderella who kills a step-mother.
Igor Garjón sanz
Una de las colecciones de cuentos populares más antiguas de Europa, toda una joya. A veces el lenguaje de Basile es demasiado "Barroco" (él no se limitó a copiar los cuentos, usó un lenguaje más culto y literario), pero es una obra de gran belleza, con cuentos que se alejan de esa imagen de canciones y purpurina que nos ha vendido nuestra sociedad obsesa de lo políticamente correcto. Aquí encontramos joyas como "El mirto", "El cuento del ogro", "las dos tortitas" y "La vieja desollada" (genial e ...more
Marko Vasić
Pentamerone, or "The Tale of Tales". Obscure and fantastic 17th's century tales for adults that burst out of: proverbs, luscious sexual insinuations, absurd, lust, incestuous and pervert sexual fantasies, reviles, interesting story lines and moral precepts at the end of each story. As it is well known - those tales were formidable inspirations for brothers Grimm, Andersen and Perrault to accommodate its sexual and obscure content to a form that is (more or less) children-susceptible. Hence, such ...more
Benjamin Chandler
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the more interesting fairy tale collections I have read.

Collected in the early 1600s by Basile, this book has some of the oldest versions of some of the better-known fairy tales (e.g., Puss In Boots). But it also holds some very bizarre fairy tales I'd never read before. Many of them use plot devices familiar to any folklore buff—like the wicked stepmother, super-talented helpers, ogres of all kinds, enchanted beauties hidden in animal skins or fruit, hidden objects, and (of cour
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Lindsey
Jul 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fairy-tale enthusiasts
Shelves: reviewed
Interesting collection of stories, with flavors of both the West and the East (though, thank heaven, with fewer "May he live forevers" than the Arabian Nights). A notable difference from the Grimm collection was that most of the characters had names. I don't know if these are the collector Basile's contributions or a difference of culture.

I enjoyed the author's aversion to just saying "The next day..." or "When the sun rose..." Instead we read "As soon as the Sun with the broom of its rays had
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Samuel Valentino
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tales
A fantastic translation, with an informative introduction and very helpful footnotes. This is an excellent resource for the earliest Western versions of some of the most well-loved fairy tales.

Canepa's work is especially welcome, since the last complete English translation was done by Sir Richard Burton in the late 19th century. While his version does tell all the tales, I've read that it is more of a freer translation, and it offers nothing in the way of context or notes. I have a copy of Burto
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Becky
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a brilliant and fantastical collection of early fairy tales. The framing story is really interesting and gives us almost an Arabian Nights set up to work within. Each story is a complete entity, and every one is work reading. The style is light, informal and engaging... I am sure that this is thanks in part to the excellent translation, having read the notes at the start thus has stuck as closely to the original as possible. A few of the attitudes expressed clash with modern sensibilitie ...more
Gina
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read these tales in order to have a working knowledge of the origins of some fairy tales - these tales are often absurdly incomprehensible - but do appreciate the loads of footnotes. I collect and study old fairy tales, so this was a necessary read - but didn't enjoy it.
Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜
It's labeled as entertainment for little ones, but I would not read this to little kids. XD
Michael Haase
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Il Pentamerone, as it's otherwise called, is I think my favorite collection of fairy tales. Call me morbid, but I love the humor and absurdity of Basile's stories, unbound as they are from propriety and Christian morals. These tales include several of the darkest and most violent fables I've ever seen, and yet I've never before laughed so much reading a fairy tale collection. You can't help but laugh when so many ridiculous things occur, like a man assigning a bear to be his family physician and ...more
Marsha
These are tales copied after being told for centuries in the oral tradition. They can be ribald, raunchy and truly naughty in language, definitely not making these stories for children. They are also rather long and convoluted, one story bleeding into another like an oil spill dropped on delicate silk. Sorting through the threads of the storylines thus becomes something of a challenge in itself, robbing the books of the natural flow one associates with more coherent and less complex plots.
Katie B.
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whoa. Another side of the fairytale genre I was not familiar with. A fascinating read if you are interested in fairytales beyond the worlds of Lang, Andersen, and Grimm. Lots of giants that eat broccoli!
Emily
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stories I read: The Enchanted Doe, The Three Sisters, The She-Bear, The Raven, The Dragon, and Conclusion
Andrew Nease
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For people who like The Decameron or not-necessarily-kid-friendly fairy tales, but aren't particularly reverent towards either of them, this is a pretty good read. It's cynical, iconoclastic, and bawdy as shit, and I'll bet it can make you actually laugh within the first fifty pages. So why did I dock it a star? Well, as is the case with some of the Brothers Grimm's fairy tales (or even, sometimes, Hans Christian Andersen's), sometimes it was a little grating just HOW cold-blooded these unadulte ...more
Christopher
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 17th-c, fiction
This fairy tale collection offers variants of several better-known Mother Goose stories like Cinderella (“The Cinderella Cat”), The Fairies (“The Two Little Pizzas”), Puss in Boots (“Cagliuso”), and Sleeping Beauty (“Sun, Moon, and Talia”). But where the Mother Goose versions are relatively simple stories for children, Basile's work is amazing, particularly in this unexpurgated translation by Nancy Canepa. It’s full of crude language, fun literally-translated idioms, bizarre metaphors, strange i ...more
Gloria
Mar 23, 2018 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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Vincenzo
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Basile è un'artista. La sua storia letteraria non inizia con questa opera, anzi fu rinnegata da lui stesso, perché considerava l'arte del saper dire in dialetto come arte del "popolaccio". Il Pentamerone segna tuttavia una svolta decisiva, perché Basile ci rivela il segreto della favola. Ma se vi aspettate di trovare solo piacevoli racconti, dal carattere novellistico, scordatevelo. I racconti hanno una profondità sia linguistica sia morale che ancora oggi è irraggiungibile. Essi entrano nella c ...more
دلال  نصر الله
كتاب من إيطاليا يرجع للقرن السابع عشر. بعد وفاة صاحبه قررت أخته جمع الحكايات ونشرها. هذا الكتاب هو أصل حكايات الأخوين غريم وحكايا ديزني.

الفرق هو أنه كتاب وحشي ودموي وسافل!

هل يختلف أطفال إيطاليا في ذلك القرن عن أطفال اليوم! كيف كانوا يقرأون حكايات التعذيب والشنق والسلخ ووو قبل النوم!

كتاب غريب.. لا أنصح به لضعاف القلوب
Bill Ramsell
Somehow makes blood sacrifices seem cute, and there are a LOT of sacrifices in this Neapolitan collection of tales, guaranteed to scare the wits out of small children (if they actually think about it). Three of these were used (loosely) as the basis for the movie "Tale of Tales."
Crystal King
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairytales
The earliest versions of some of our most beloved fairytales including Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White and others, appear in this book. You can download this one for free from Gutenberg.
Elzibub
I had noooo idea 17th c. Italians were so obsessed with the state of their bowels. Seriously - so much mention of pooping, dysentery, or constipation - at least several times per story. I would not recommend this for modern children. Entertaining in a fascinating trainwreck sort of way.
Hanna McHonnor
Stupendo! Ho da sempre avuto un debole per le favole e rendermi conto di come Basile, nel suo tempo, fosse già così avanti con i suoi racconti, mi ha estasiato! Consigliatissimo!
Daniela
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El cuento que inspiró a lo que conocemos como La Bella Durmiente es lo más.
Kara Fuerholzer
Read most of them. it was wild
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Born to a Neapolitan middle-class family, Basile was, during his career, a courtier and soldier to various Italian princes, including the doge of Venice. According to Benedetto Croce he was born in 1575, while other sources have February 1566. In Venice he began to write poetry. Later he returned to Naples to serve as a courtier under the patronage of Don Marino II Caracciolo, prince of Avellino, ...more
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