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The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio by Giovanni Boccaccio
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The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio

by Giovanni Boccaccio

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The Decameron is a collection of 100 novellas by Giovanni Boccaccio, an Italian author who most likely wrote them between 1350 and 1353. Most of these tales are borrowed from the oral tradition, and they encompass a wide range from the erotic to the tragic. The collection is set up as a frame tale, which, much like Canterbury Tales, has an outer story with many stories within. The outer tale is that of 10 survivors of the Black Death who escape to a villa outside Florence, each of whom tell one story for ten nights.

The stories are satirical and sexy, and on their own are enjoyable, but taken as a whole there is a philosophical cohesion to the lot that is interesting. Undercurrents of medieval Christian and ancient Greek symbolism and numerology can be found, especially in the names of the characters. The Decameron was also widely influential, not only to Chaucer, but to figures throughout literary history such as Shakespeare, Moliere, Keats, Shelley, George Eliot, Bukowski and Hugh Hefner.

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Susan McNutt

April 25, 2013

Morbid, funny, macabre, sarcastic. A wonderful 1st hand desription ofthe Great Mortality in Italy. Not for the weak of spirit,body or mind.


Jenny Wu

April 20, 2013

Wow wow wow!


Cheridan B

October 06, 2012



Mike Roschuni

March 27, 2012

Good,great,terrible,funny,awkward,not for kids!