You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. This is much easier to read than the free public domain translation that is out there. The Decameron , is a collection of novellas by the 14th-century Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375).
Readers in the UK may find some of its Americanisms off-putting. I have read this in at least two translations, the other being the semi-bizarre Payne translation, which features a Victorian Englishman's notion of what 14th century Tuscan translated to 14th century (Chaucerian) English would be like.
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Is there a different translation ? And we cannot move toward being a more just... CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 18, 2017). We've always been the same I suppose. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. And a bargain! It also has some strange oily-looking stains on the first few pages. This review is of Giovanni Boccaccio's The Decameron, translated by Wayne Rebhorn, in case Amazon decides to blend it with reviews of the Beatles' White Album.
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It came through the post the size of two housebricks - a huge undertaking to have actually written it all those centuries ago. Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2017. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Let's hope Amazon removes this monstrosity from its Kindle library sooner rather than later. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.
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This is a wonderful translation, and it made Boccaccio accessible. A part of me wishes I'd stuck to an abridged version, because many of the stories are one-dimensional and uninteresting, which could make a complete read a daunting task for your average reader with a non-academic interest. .
An extensive introduction provides useful details about Boccaccio's historical and cultural milieu, the themes and particularities of the text, and the lines of influence flowing into and out of this towering monument of world literature.
I usually don't like 800 page books because I get bored somewhere after 300 pages. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. 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. While Dante is a stern moralist, Boccaccio has little time for chastity, pokes fun at crafty, hypocritical clerics and celebrates the power of passion to overcome obstacles and social divisions. Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2004.
Okay for samples but not whole items.
Like the Divine Comedy, the Decameron is a towering monument of medieval pre-Renaissance literature, and incorporates certain important elements that are not at once apparent to today's readers. However not happy with kindle to phones app with this and other books. This review is of Giovanni Boccaccio's The Decameron, translated by Wayne Rebhorn, in case Amazon decides to blend it with reviews of the Beatles' White Album.
Get it......you won't be sorry.
The book seems unread and new, however, it has some crease-marks and a somewhat bent cover. Do not buy this version; it’s unreadable gibberish even for the 14th century. There was a problem loading your book clubs.
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. It's definitely The Decameron, but why anyone would print it so tiny - I need a magnifying glass.
If you are into romance novels you will never understand this writing. Funny, thought provoking, rude and utterly humane.
In the early summer of the year 1348, as a terrible plague ravages the city, ten charming young Florentines take refuge in country villas to tell each other stories - a hundred stories of love, adventure and surprising twists of fortune which later inspired Chaucer, Keats and Shakespeare. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in.
Although I generally feel that introductions should be read after the actual work, this one is quite readable and is useful in putting the book into the context of its time. This is a truly terrible translation into English, seemingly done by computer with little or no human intervention, and almost unreadable. A classic of European literature shouldn't be this enjoyable, surely? Italian names are notorious for often having unexpected meanings, so it just adds to the delight. The Decameron - Kindle edition by Boccaccio, Giovanni, Rebhorn, Wayne A.. The Decameron (First Edition) (Norton Critical Editions), The Decameron (Translated with an Introduction by J. M. Rigg), The Brothers Karamazov (Everyman's Library), The Portrait of a Lady (Penguin Classics), The Divine Comedy (The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso), Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery, The Book of Yokai: Mysterious Creatures of Japanese Folklore, HOMER: The Iliad & The Odyssey (Deluxe Edition). That's important for a book this size. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Reviewed in the United States on May 31, 2020. But as the author says, “These stories will not run after anyone demanding to be read, even though they are no more improper than certain little things pious hypocrites both talk about and actually do, if offered the opportunity.”, Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2015. In the Rebhorn translation almost 1000 pages of often amusing anecdotes provide a broad view of medieval/early Renaissance society (though one must keep in mind that this is fiction -- an issue which the translator's efforts to couple the names of characters with those of real people sometimes blurs).
There's a problem loading this menu right now. Much of the culture we have today stemmed out of this period. "Sample sentence: "We have a sorry good deal on our palms of his affair, for that to send him forth of our residence, as a result unwell, were a sore reproach to us and take place sign of little wit on our part, if the people, who have seen us first acquire him and after let have a tendency and medicinal drug him with such solicitude..... " etc etc. Written in the vernacular of the Florentine language, it is considered a masterpiece of classical early Italian prose. Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2019. Among those funny stories is called "Putting the Devil back in Hell" (Day 3, Story 10). But it's also revealing to be reminded that sexual urges long predate Miley Cyrus, yet can be set forth in oblique yet still unmistakable ways. I found many of the stories with the various heroes and villains quite compelling in their insights. Maybe when I say I read it I was a youth so maybe I just read the "dirty' bits and wasn't fussed about the language its different in my eighties. It's the thin sort of paper that yellows in a few years and which a single raindrop would crinkle 24 pages. The translation is a complete mess. By old style I mean, old, too much going on with the narrative to make a point and that makes this book tiresome. Preloaded Digital Audio Player, Unabridged. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Reviewed in the United States on June 11, 2020, Decameron is set during plague. It is a bit daunting upon first receiving it, but realize that it is a collection of short stories and thus can be put down for a "break" and easily picked back up again. I suppose it is fitting that I read this book during the Covid-19 lockdown. Reviewed in the United States on May 1, 2020. Who said that they were The Dark Ages? . There's a problem loading this menu right now. Anyway, this edition is wonderful in that it is a perfect size to carry around without looking like you are carrying around an encyclopedia! Some of the stories are so funny, I am retelling them. One of these items ships sooner than the other. Boccaccio probably conceived the Decameron after the epidemic of 1348, and completed it by 1353.
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I have a degree in English Literature, and had never encountered any of Boccaccio's work prior to purchasing this complete work. Being basically 100 somewhat unrelated chapters it is very easy to pause in your reading at natural breaks. Each story stands on it's own and is not dependent on the chapters before or after. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. I'll admit - I have not yet finished The Decameron, however I've read enough to say that it is highly readable (i.e., good translation), highly enjoyable (this ain't no boring classic filled with highfalutin prudery), and, because it is 100 stories, it can read a bit at a time over long periods of time because the stories are not connected in any way (ala the original Star Trek frex).
. I also found it humorous to see that people have changed very little over the centuries. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com. There was a problem loading your book clubs.
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. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. This translation by Rebhorn is more smoothly delightful. Although this edition is great, I would not recommend to anyone who has trouble seeing as the print is rather small and pressed together.