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In the summer of 1348, with the plague ravaging Florence, ten young men and women take refuge in the countryside, where they entertain themselves with tales of love, death, and corruption, featuring a host of characters, from lascivious clergymen and mad kings to devious lovers and false miracle-makers. Named after the Greek for "ten days," Boccaccio's book of stories draws on ancient mythology, contemporary history, and everyday life, and has influenced the work of myriad writers who came after him.

J. G. Nichols's new translation, faithful to the original but rendered in eminently readable modern English, captures the timeless humor of one of the great classics of European literature.

A brilliant new translation of the work that Herman Hesse called "the first great masterpiece of European storytelling."
Publisher: New York : Everyman's Library/Alfred A. Knopf, 2009
ISBN: 9780307271716
Branch Call Number: FICTION Boc
Characteristics: xix, 661 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Nichols, J. G. (John Gordon), 1930-


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Similar to the format of Chaucer's' "The Canterbury Tales," "Decameron" is a story set during the infamous Black Death, as it ravages Florence during the summer of 1348. Ten young men and women take refuge in the countryside, where they distract themselves with incredible stor... Read More »

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Nov 21, 2015

The Decameron is a classic. If you like reading good, old stories, you may like this book. Some of the stories are very, very interesting. Some may be boring to some people. This book is divided into 10 days with 10 stories each day. The story was originally written in Italian. So, be reminded that this book is an English translation. The translation was done pretty well. If you like reading old, short stories, this book is a good read.


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