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The Decameron (Volume 3)

Decameron

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  • ISBN-13: 9781152228405
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

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    Interesting peek into medieval minds

    Ten young people flee medieval Florence during the plague and take refuge on a beautiful country estate, where they amuse themselves telling stories for ten days. For me, the stories were more intriguing than entertaining. It was interesting to see what sorts of stories people told at that time. Some of the "clever" speeches or retorts made by characters don't seem to transcend time and translation, but the values these admired characters espouse are timeless. On the other hand, many other characters are applauded for their trickery, and at times the storytellers laughed over a story when I thought the outcome was cruel. There's an overabundance of stories about men trying to lock down their wives and daughters, and women tricking their husbands and fathers so they can be with their lovers. Then there are guys who trick the ladies, too. It's a long book, but the individual stories are short, so it's easy to put it down and pick it up another time without having to remember what was going on. If you read a couple here and there, eventually you're finished -- and sorry to see it end.

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    Interesting read

    I enjoyed this book. It had a great historical feel and it had kind of a sensual feel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2004

    Best Translation Around

    This is the best translation of the Decameron I have come across. it is easy to read due to McWilliams very intelligent literary style. While other translations are hard to follow and often choppy, this one flows like any good book. I recomend a read even if you have read other translations. In my opinion this is the only translation that does this delightful collection of tales justice.

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