The Decameron (Paperback)

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Five young women and five young men decide to flee Florence for the countryside during an outbreak of the plague in this classic of world literature perched between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. They spend their 10 days of quarantine by each telling a tale every day. A wonderful collection of all kinds of great yarns like the 1001 Nights or The Canterbury Tales. In the first story of the first day for instance, Ser Cepparello is a terrible criminal and he’s dying. No one will allow him to be buried in holy ground, so he comes up with a plan. He will make his final confession to a priest, and shamefully asks for forgiveness for sins like once taking the Lord’s name in vain, angrily cursing his mother as a child, and lamenting when he was not generous enough. He is buried a saint, and reputed to work miracles beyond the grave. The Decameron is really about the power of storytelling, the importance of friendship, and the life-affirming power of shared community. — Dafydd Wood

At the height of a deadly pandemic, a lively group of friends flee to the countryside to wait out the worst of the plague in isolation. Sound familiar? Written in the 14th century, this massive collection of stories cemented Boccaccio’s seat among the greatest writers in history, and its relevance has only grown in recent years. The delightful tales contained in The Decameron bounce from properly pious to ridiculously raunchy at the drop of a hat. Perfect reading for the socially distant.

Digby Baker-Porazinski


The Decameron is an entertaining series of one hundred stories written in the wake of the Black Death. The stories are told in a country villa outside the city of Florence by ten young noble men and women who are seeking to escape the ravages of the plague. Boccaccio's skill as a dramatist is masterfully displayed in these vivid portraits of people from all stations in life, with plots that revel in a bewildering variety of human reactions. Includes unique illustrations.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781523303182
ISBN-10: 1523303182
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: January 8th, 2016
Pages: 450
Language: English