Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Decameron” as Want to Read:
The Decameron
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Decameron

by
3.86  ·  Rating details ·  26,964 Ratings  ·  808 Reviews
The Decameron (c.1351) was written in the wake of the Black Death, a shattering epidemic which had shaken Florence's confident entrepreneurial society to its core.
In a country villa outside the city, ten young noble men and women who have escaped the plague decide to tell each other stories. Boccaccio's skill as a dramatist is masterfully displayed in this virtuoso perfor
...more
Paperback, 698 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1353)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Decameron, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
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
...more
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
...more
Florencia
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
...more
Jan-Maat
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
Darwin8u
Sep 15, 2011 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

description

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,
...more
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
Nikki
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,
...more
Emm
Aug 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, erotica
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
Alex
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:


butts

It was influenced in part by the brilli
...more
David Lentz
Sep 29, 2011 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
Alp Turgut
Giovanni Boccaccio’nun seven kadınların acılarını hafifletmeyi amaçlayarak yazdığı “Decameron”, Kara Veba, diğer bir değişle Büyük Veba Salgını’nın rönesansa nasıl ön ayak olduğunu ağır din eleştirileri yaparak okuyucuya sunduğu gerçek bir başyapıt. Yedi kadın üç erkek bir araya gelerek on gün boyunca yüz öykü anlattığı eserde papazlar başta olmak üzere insanların tüm kirli çamaşırlarını ortaya döktüğü hikayeler anlatılmakta. Bir yandan güldürürken diğer yandan düşündüren Boccaccio’nun müstehcen ...more
Ahmed
May 19, 2016 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
...more
Katie
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
Fernando
El “Decameron” de Giovanni Boccaccio es uno de esos libros que pueden incluirse dentro de una tríada junto a “Los cuentos de Canterbury” de Geoffrey Chaucey, y el “Canzoniere” de Francesco Petrarca, verdaderos símbolos de la literatura medieval.
En realidad, el Decameron es un libro que se ubica entre la edad medieval y el Renacimiento y es el fiel reflejo del pensamiento europeo del siglo XIV.
Boccaccio, digno sucesor de Dante Alighieri y discípulo de Petrarca logró reconocimiento y fama eterna a
...more
فهد الفهد
الديكاميرون

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
...more
Sergio
Dec 28, 2013 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
...more
Czarny Pies
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes dirty jokes
So many people have read this book and so many great authors have borrowed from it, that a GoodReads critic really has no choice but to give it 5 stars.

My favourite day, is the one dedicated to the theme and I quote: "When they are twenty, they need it plenty." Although, to be honest the book never at any point strays very far from the gutter which explains its perennial appeal.

The problem with the Decameron is that people are terrified by the length. They think of the time required to read all
...more
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
...more
وائل 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
...more
TheSkepticalReader
I hate to say I abandoned or DNF'd this but I just couldn't read any more. I'm happy to have to read the book til day 7 and story 2. The stories were often repetitive and despite the fact that each day offers a different theme, some of the stories easily overlapped and I got to the point where I have no idea what characters feature in which story or which story is even told by which person.

I did try to leave days in between the days and then the stories themselves but overall I am still not in t
...more
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
...more
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.

http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics...

"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
...more
Laura
Jul 03, 2010 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
...more
El
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?

Almost.

The problem is th
...more
Bruce
Feb 02, 2010 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
...more
Başak Çolular
Oh bitti! Uzun zamandır iki ciltten oluşan, bu kadar uzun soluklu bir kitap okumamıştım. Ancak bakmayın 909 sayfa olduğuna, öyküler su gibi.
Decameron bence; günümüzle kıyaslarsak muazzam olduğunu düşünmeyeceğimiz ama yazıldığı zamanı dikkate alırsak takdir edeceğimiz bir kitap.
En güzeli de kadınların hoşça vakit geçirmesi için yazılmış olması tabii. <3
Cemre
Öykü okumayı çok seviyorum, bu sebeple de ne zamandır lisede "ilk öykü kitabı" olarak ezberletilen Decameron'u okumak istemiş; fakat bir türlü fırsat bulamamıştım. Sonunda okuyabildim ve bir "ilk" olmasına rağmen çok başarılı buldum.

Kitap yüz öyküden oluşmakta. Üçü erkek yedisi kadın on kişi, Floransa'da yaşanan veba salgınından kaçabilmek ve vebanın yarattığı acıları unutabilmek için şehir dışına, doğaya, sığınırlar. Dini önemi sebebiyle cuma ve cumartesi günleri haricinde haftanın her günü he
...more
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.
Insomnia
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
Prieks, ka skolēnu ieteicamajā literatūrā var atrast arī kaut ko tik interesantu. Brīnos, ka neviens no mūsu tikumības letiņiem nav uzķēris šo mīlas priekiem pilno grāmatu un aizliedzis skolās, laikam tāpēc, ka klasika tomēr!
Iesaku visiem, kas vēlas uzzināt, kā pareizi dzīt Velnu Ellē vai ar viltu ievilkt gultā citu sievas, šeit padoma netrūkst. Ar jaunavām pavisam vienkārši - tās pašas labprāt dodas, galvenais, lai vecāki nepamana!
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
  • Orlando Furioso
  • The Heptameron
  • Canti
  • Jerusalem Delivered
  • The Book of the Courtier
  • The Romance of the Rose
  • Vita Nuova
  • Njal's Saga
  • History
  • Chronicles
  • The Song of Roland
  • بوستان سعدی
  • Gargantua and Pantagruel
  • The Autobiography Of Benvenuto Cellini
  • Diary of a Madman and Other Stories
  • Orlando Innamorato (Orlando in Love)
  • The Book of the City of Ladies
29227
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
More about Giovanni Boccaccio...
“To have compassion for those who suffer is a human quality which everyone should possess, especially those who have required comfort themselves in the past and have managed to find it in others. ” 49 likes
“Kissed mouth don’t lose its fortune, on the contrary it renews itself just as the moon does.” 15 likes
More quotes…