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The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
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Mar 23, 2011

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Read from March 23 to 27, 2011 , read count: 1

After The Inferno, I thought, why not give the Decameron a try? Well, it’s a hell of a lot longer than the Inferno--Decameron=10 days. That's 10 days of stories by 10 people, one story each/day. Do the math. That’s 100 stories. Now, I have absolutely nothing against long books. I can get lost in multi-hundred page books. But I pretty much got the idea after Day Two. The stories are slightly.. OK, often, quite ribald and sacrilegious. Which in itself is pretty funny, because Boccaccio dedicates the book to young ladies, as an education in love, because they are innocent and can be easily led astray. And so many of the stories are about young ladies being led astray by young men, to their mutual satisfaction! It’s hard to believe this was allowed by the Church. The rest of the stories usually involve Church corruption. My rating is based on the first two days.

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