Il Decamerone

Il DecameroneBoccaccio S Masterpiece Is Here Issued Unabridged It Is A Complete World In Itself, One In Which We Can Walk About Even As The Characters Themselves It Is Not, In Fact, Necessary To Read Very Much Of This Exquisite Prose Before We Become As Much Part Of The Amorous And Lyrical Fourteenth Century As The Ladies And Gentlemen Themselves, Who Wile Away Their Time With Stories On The Slope At Fiesole Boccaccio S Extensive Knowledge Of Human Nature Enabled Him To Seal With His Characters Not Too Seriously, But With That Ironic Detachment And Air Of Humorous Omniscience That Is The Privilege Of The Greatest Writers And The Delight Of Their Readers.Keywords Exquisite Prose Boccaccio Fourteenth Century Ladies And Gentlemen Omniscience Fiesole Wile Amorous Detachment Human Nature Masterpiece Slope Privilege Il Decamerone The Decameron, Giovanni Boccacccio The Decameron is a collection of novellas by the 14th century Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio 1313 1375 The book is structured as a frame story containing 100 tales told by a group of seven young women and three young men sheltering in a secluded villa just outside Florence to escape the Black Death, which was afflicting the city Boccaccio probably conceived of The Decameron after the epidemic of 1348, and completed it by 1353 The various tales of love in The Decameron range from the erotic to the tragic Tales of wit, practical jokes, and life lessons contribute to the mosaic In addition to its literary value and widespread influence for example on Chaucer s The Canterbury Tales , it provides a document of life at the time Written in the vernacular of the Florentine languag
In the 14th century in Europe, during the devastating times of the Black Death, a group of young Florentines seven women and three men decide to flee to seek shelter and escape from the plague in a villa outside of the city of Florence This is the basic frame used by Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio to tell us one hundred tales of life, love and fortune with The Decameron.After leaving the city, in order to pass the time, an idea of telling stories is brought up and each one of the young group Pampinea, Fiammetta, Filomena, Emilia, Lauretta, Neifile, Elissa, Panfilo, Filostrato and Dioneo must tell one story per day Starting on the second day, Filomena, who was appointed as the queen of the day they all took turns into being the queen or king decided that the stories to be told in each day should all pertain to a theme previously chosen by the one in charge The only exception to that rule is Dioneo, who asked to have the privilege to be the last one to tell his tale each day and to be freed of the requirement of complying to the day s theme It s been argued that Dioneo served as a way for Boccaccio to express his own views through his stories.I had a lot of pleasant days in the company of the young Florentines, such as the eighth day, where Lauretta chose as a theme stories of tricks women play on men or that men play on women which, of course, is packed with hilarious stories and clever
After a couple of years, two attempts and two different editions, I have finally finished this book The first great literary accomplishment of 2016.All I can say is that the history of humanity lies on every page of this book Virtues and defects that have illuminated and darkened human existence were eloquently expressed by Boccaccio s brilliant pen that concocted, with mastery and otherworldly wit, one hundred tales told by seven young ladies and three young men who, to contextualize this fine collection, fled the magnificent city of Florence a place I adore and with which I have a bond that goes beyond the origin of my name and ancestry , trying to escape from the Black Death These stories are mostly about the connections between intelligence and fortune and how the sort of picaresque characters manage to achieve success Often involving eroticism Boccaccio must have been the E.L James of his time but, you know, with writing skills , these tales accentuate the distance from medieval ideals, focusing on the actual human being.Anyway, I started reading this collection in 2013 and failed miserably Statistics06 25 2013 marked as currently reading09 22 2013 page 590 64.0%01 02 2014 marked as will i ever finish it12 10 2015 marked as started reading from page 1, clandestinely12 20 2015 marked as currently reading, officially02 13 2016 marked a
The Decameron is a set of one hundred stories told to each other by a group of ten people, seven women and three men, over ten days All these stories exist within one story which is about this group of people who come together in Florence during an outbreak of the plague and how they react to it which is by going off into the surrounding countryside and recreating a kind of temporary Eden outside the ravages of the times Beyond that there are the author s intentions and his defence of his work, which are a further frame to the whole work Boccaccio sees stories as a form of education in this case to teach his reader, which he largely assumed to be women since references to potential male readers are rare, about love Love is a vague word in English, you can love to have tea with your chips, you might love your dog, or the colour yellow on a bedroom door None of those feature in the Decameron, love here is of the sexual or occasionally of the romantic kind.The new society of the ten people is based on affinity and trust They live in common, although apparently using the estates of other people, and they benefit from the labour of servants so this is socially exclusive, unlike The Canterbury Tales in which people com
Nothing is so indecent that it cannot be said to another person if the proper words are used to convey it Giovanni Boccaccio, The DecameronLike The Canterbury Tales, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, The Arabian Nights Tales from a Thousand and One Nights, etc., The Decameron is an early masterpiece of literature It is one of those books I avoided because I thought it would be stilted and boring Hells NASTY Bells was I wrong Boccaccio is funny, flippant, irreverent, libidinous, provocative, inspiring, insulting, crazy and always always entertaining 100 stories told during the the summer of 1348 as the Black Death is ravaging Florence and Europe Ten aristocratic youths take to the country to escape the death, stink and bodies of the City and to hang out and amuse themselves on stories of love and adventure and sex and trickery
Amazing.I m utterly flabbergasted by how good this is Forty years before The Canterbury Tales took England by storm, a little tiny place called Italy was having a full blown RENAISSANCE So why the hell have I been avoiding all these fantastic pieces of art, anyway Because they re in Italian For SHAME Fortunately, this translation is fantastic and you know what It really holds up It has everything a public who wants to be entertained could ever desire A hundred short stories framed by nobles hiding out while the Black Plague ravages Europe, eating, frolicking, and telling stories every night for ten nights Do you think a quarantine is a recipe for depression and disaster Muahahahahaha NO Let s just put it this way there s sex, laughter, trickery, sex, adultery, sex, theft, cons, sex, and hilarious situations in these stories than you d find in the entire works of Shakespeare And let s put this in perspective Chaucer and Shakespeare stole a TON of s t from Boccaccio All of it funny and light and clever and wickedly perverse.I always knew that literature, in general, is an incestuous lot, but between these many classic tales of spouses pulling
El Decameron de Giovanni Boccaccio es uno de esos libros que pueden incluirse dentro de una tr ada junto a Los cuentos de Canterbury de Geoffrey Chaucey, y el Canzoniere de Francesco Petrarca, verdaderos s mbolos de la literatura medieval.En realidad, el Decameron es un libro que se ubica entre la edad medieval y el Renacimiento y es el fiel reflejo del pensamiento europeo del siglo XIV.Boccaccio, digno sucesor de Dante Alighieri y disc pulo de Petrarca logr reconocimiento y fama eterna a partir de la publicaci n de este libro que tambi n gener ciertas pol micas por el subido tono de muchos de sus cuentos.Un punto importante a tener en cuenta es que el libro se ubica hist ricamente durante la poca en que la peste negra o bub nica por la naturaleza de c mo se manifestaba en los enfermos devast parte de Asia, Africa y Europa entre 1348 y 1351 Algunos historiadores llegaron a estimar que su avance de la peste negra ceg la vida de veinticinco millones de personas Bocaccio escribe el Decameron entre 1351 y 1353.El libro en s narra brevemente la historia de siete doncellas Pampinea, Filomena, Nei
Permit me to offer another roar of support for reading The Decameron A divine mathematical structure ten parts of ten chapters with ten characters told over ten days props up this rollicking ride of classic storytelling A modern translation this ed from J.G Nichols renders the original in all its libidinous, virtuous mischief, making each page a rapturous pleasure to turn This book needs no further endorsement from
The Decameron is obviously a hugely influential piece of literature actually, it s just plain huge , so it s no wonder I d get around to it eventually I m not a huge fan of Chaucer, really, but I did recognise a couple of the source texts he used in this, and I imagine that the choice of frame narrative for the Canterbury Tales might ve been suggested to Chaucer by The Decameron Certainly The Decameron was an influence, anyway.The Decameron also inspired a song by one of my favourite singers, Heather Dale, Up Into The Pear Tree , about Pyrrhus and Lydia and their trick on Lydia s husband It s a lovely song, playful and quite in keeping with the tone of The Decameron.Despite its length, The Decameron is very easy to read It s a collection of a hundred short stories or perhaps a hundred and one, if you count the frame story split into ten days with the conceit that a group of ten young men and women meet outside Florence during the plague years, and to entertain themselves, they elect a king or queen from their number each day, who dictates a theme for the stories that they tell The stories are quite similar at times, when they revolve around a specific theme, but overall there s a lot of different stories, often funny, and often to do with sex You get the impression that no women in medieval Ital

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  • 695 pages
  • Il Decamerone
  • Giovanni Boccaccio
  • Italian
  • 20 August 2018
  • 9788842504214