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The Decameron

by Giovanni Boccaccio

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The Decameron (c.1351) 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 adramatist 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.… (more)

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  archivomorero | Aug 20, 2023 |
  archivomorero | Aug 20, 2023 |
Puoi trovare questa recensione anche sul mio blog, La siepe di more

Dopo quattro mesi di ascolto (per un totale di circa quaranta ore), ho finito di ascoltare il podcast di Ad Alta Voce dedicato al Decameron di Giovanni Boccaccio. Devo dire di essermi molto divertita ad ascoltare le cento novelle lette da vari attori e attrici e di aver trovato molto interessanti le spiegazioni sul testo.

La mia paura maggiore – quella di non riuscire a seguire bene l’ascolto a causa dell’italiano del Trecento – non si è verificata. Anzi, vista la bravura di lettori e lettrici è altamente probabile che l’abbia capito con molta più facilità di quanto non mi sarebbe successo a leggermelo da sola.

Mi sono anche molto divertita a twittare le mie impressioni a mano a mano che ascoltavo le novelle e ne è venuto fuori un thread molto lungo, del quale vi lascio il primo tweet qua sotto.

Ora, cosa dire di un mostro sacro come il Decameron? Ci sono due riflessioni che vorrei fare a fine ascolto.

La prima riguarda il vento di morale laica e modernità che inizia a soffiare dalle pagine del Decameron: magari nel Trecento (e per molto tempo a venire) erano concetti percepiti come minacciosi e scandalosi, mentre oggi sono il nostro pane quotidiano. Rimango sempre ammirata dalla capacità della letteratura di mettere nero su bianco il futuro, con le speranze e i pericoli che queste porta con sé.

L’altra riflessione che mi sento di fare è molto femminista. Il Decameron si apre con la dedica alle donne, per terminare con la novella più misogina dell’intera opera: perché? L’idea che mi sono fatta – non so quanto criticamente corretta – è che lo sconvolgimento portato dalla peste si sia esteso anche ai rapporti tra i generi maschile e femminile, che quindi gode di una maggiore libertà; tuttavia, passata la malattia, l’ordine costituito deve ritornare, così si torna a schiacciare le donne sotto il giogo della misoginia più brutale. ( )
  kristi_test_02 | Jul 28, 2023 |
Just couldn't get into it.
  ritaer | Jul 20, 2023 |
The Decameron (1353) By Giovanni Boccaccio 6/23/23

Why I picked this book up: it was the next in The Banned Books Compendium: 32 Classic Forbidden Books by Gringory Lukin (Editor) I was selected for in April, 2023

Thoughts: many stories based on class, a lot of lust, religious based disrespect, a lot of death/killing at the end of stories trickery and overall not very funny, rather smutty tales. There is clear difference between love and lust IOM. The woman, the queens telling the stories were just like the men, or kings telling the stories, seemed immature and a waste for me to read. This book was during transition in history.

Why I finished this read: I found these stories rather difficult to get through for me. They were not really worth finishing but I forced myself. I will not read them again.

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  DrT | Jun 25, 2023 |
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magnifico! il terzo autore più grande nella trittica: Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio...che dire è colui che ho evoluto le novelli, generato romanzi, analizzato e intuito i sucessivi 500/600 anni.
Geoffrey Chaucer ha copiato da boccaccio! altro che letteratura inglese!
Geoffrey Chaucer is a copy of the Great Boccaccio!
the England is china?
added by sshnn | editMilano, ss (Dec 2, 2012)

In many of the stories, and more strikingly in the poems/songs which conclude each day, a close reader can also detect an allegorical element in which the soul is depicted as a lost lover, seeking to return to paradise. Originally a concept from the mystery religions, this allegorical treatment became very popular in the Middle Ages, particularly as an important aspect of the courtly love tradition.
added by camillahoel | editRead And Find Out, Tom (Sep 11, 2009)

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Boccaccio, GiovanniAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aldington, RichardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Alfano, GiancarloEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bakker, MargotTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bergin, Thomas G.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bondanella, Peter E.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bosschère, Jean deIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Branca, VittoreEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Buckland Wright, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cipolla, FrateCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Denissen, FransTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fanfani, PietroEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fiorilla, MaurizioEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hokkanen, VilhoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hutton, EdwardIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kelfkens, C. J.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kredel, FritzIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kredel, FritzIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lahti, IlmariTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Macchi, RuthTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Macchi, V.Afterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Massó Torrents, JaumeEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McWilliam, G. H.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Musa, MarkTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mussafia, AdolfoContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Narro, JoséIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nichols, J. G.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Quondam, AmedeoEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Raleigh, Walter AlexanderIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rebhorn, Wayne A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rigg, J. M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rossi, AldoEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sandfort, J.A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schlegel, August Wilhelm vonContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stipriaan, René vanAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Usher, JonathanEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vallverdú, FrancescTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Veglia, MarcoEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vosseler, MartinContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Winwar, FrancesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Es beginnt das Buch Dekameron, auch Principe Galeotto genannt, mit seinen hundert Geschichten, die in zehn Tagen von sieben Damen und drei jungen Männern erzählt werden.
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A kindly thing it is to have compassion of the afflicted and albeit it well beseemeth every one, yet of those is it more particularly required who have erst had need of comfort and have found it in any, amongst whom, if ever any had need thereof or held it dear or took pleasure therein aforetimes, certes, I am one of these.
Gracious Ladies, so often as I consider with my selfe, and observe respectively, how naturally you are enclined to compassion; as many times doe I acknowledge, that this present worke of mine, will (in your judgement) appeare to have but a harsh and offensive beginning, in regard of the mournfull remembrance it beareth at the verie entrance of the last Pestilentiall mortality, universally hurtfull to all that beheld it, or otherwise came to knowledge of it. But for all that, I desire it may not be so dreadfull to you, to hinder your further proceeding in reading, as if none were to looke thereon, but with sighs and teares. For, I could rather wish, that so fearfulle a beginning, should seeme but as an high and steepy hil appeares to them, that attempt to travell farre on foote, and ascending the same with some difficulty, ome afterward to walk upo a goodly even plaine, which causeth the more cotentment in them, because the attayning thereto was hard and painfull. For even as pleasures are cut off by griefe and anguish; so sorrowes cease by joyes most sweete and happie arriving.
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The Decameron (c.1351) 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 adramatist 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.

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A group of travelers entertain each other by telling tales and stories of naughtiness and debauchery, happy ending and ironic adventures.
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